Reviews by Jim

Overdue

by Harry Collingwood

Depending on your tastes, this can be an excellent read. The detail to the rigging of the sailing ships is excellent, the story unusual, the plot and locations diverse. Evocative in terms of scenes, a very few times perhaps a little too detailed, but I didn't cheat, I enjoyed the entire book without skipping a sentence.

The plot was never belabored and I looked forward to reading it nightly (the time I find the most restful to read). A telling sign of how much I liked it was when I reached the end and wanted more.

I've read quite a few of the classic nautical tales, this one worked well for me.

Reviewed on 2013.02.06

Carmen

by Prosper Mérimée

Not as good as I thought it would be. A novella that is written in surprisingly simple language that makes for an easy and quick read. The motive for Carmen's "darkness" is never fully explored. A tragedy in the technical sense, but the book left me a little disappointed.

Reviewed on 2012.06.21

The Yellow Claw

by Sax Rohmer

Lots of fannying about in the first five or six chapters, talk and nothing else about a murder and possible suspects, until the book starts to get into the thick of the plot. Once you get past about chapter six the story is quite gripping and atmospheric. Well written anyway. Nice prose style if a little old fashioned.

Reviewed on 2012.01.10

Man Overboard!

by Winston Churchill

Well written short that I remember reading in an old horror anthology years and years ago. It must be good because it always stuck in my memory. Most people mistakenly think this is the same Winston Churchill who was the powerhouse behind Britain's defeat of the Nazis. In fact, this is Churchill the American novelist. No, not that Great Man, but still a great man, and a great writer.

Reviewed on 2010.10.22

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