Reviews by Joe Romaninsky

The Curse of Capistrano

by Johnston McCulley

Pleasant diversion for an afternoon at the
beach, but not world class literature. I
much prefer Isabel Allende's recent retelling of the tales of Zorro.

Reviewed on 2007.05.26

The Castle of Otranto

by Horace Walpole

Utterly forgetable, laughable (not humorous). Of interest only because
it is credited as being the first gothic
novel. I finished it only because the book
is short and I was curious how the author would get himself out of the mess he had

Reviewed on 2007.05.15

In the Fog

by Richard Harding Davis

Classic mystery tale I first read in an anthology of the "best" mystery and
detective fiction of the Late Victorian era. Very atmospheric little puzzler set in London on a night of impenetrable fog.

Surprise ending. Perfect story for curling up on the couch on a rainy or foggy night.


Reviewed on 2007.05.12

Rebel Spurs

by Andre Norton

A fine story of a young ex-Confederate soldier in search of his father on the Arizona frontier. Lots of action. Lots of detail on the life of the ranch hand. Good character development in the protagonist. Norton seems to have done a lot of research on the post-war economic, political, and social conflicts in the late 1860s, and the young man's personal struggles are understood in this larger context. But above all it is a ripping good yarn. My only complaint is the
precipitously abrupt ending. Many of the strands of the story are left unresolved, even if the young man's quest is largely completed. My guess is that a sequel was intended. Good horse opera worth a read!

Reviewed on 2007.04.26

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