Reviews by Maria Wendt

The Monk and The Hangman's Daughter

by Ambrose Bierce

One of the most morbid stories I\'ve read in a long time. A horrible ending. 90% of the book is the hypocritical sermon fluff of the monk, who is obviously off his rocker. It was just a really creepy really lousy story. It was a Hunchback of Notre Dame wanna-be. I\'m giving it one star, but it deserves negative two stars. Don\'t waste your time reading this, please.

Reviewed on 2012.05.13

The Voice in the Fog

by Harold MacGrath

This novel was different from most detective stories. You witness this robbery and know who took the jewels. And the thief is a perfect gentleman and you can't help loving him. The detectivein this story was also different; he was realistic and he made mistakes. All in all, I liked this book. Five stars.

Reviewed on 2012.05.12

The Castle of the Shadows

by Alice Muriel Williamson

A predictable, cliched plot line. Beautufl heiress loved by three different guys, a convicted man that later turns out to be innocent. It wasn't really worth reading at all. I'd say skip it and read something more worth your time.

Reviewed on 2012.05.11

The Witch's Head

by H. Rider Haggard

A fairly good book. I liked the plot; a new twist on the same old story of a love triangle. Only it was three women in love with the same man. I don't know what you call that...
Anyways, there were a few things I didn't like, starting with the witch's head. It had absolutely no place in the plot line It didn't fit in at all. It was almost as if the writer had thrown in some Gothic horrors for the sake of getting the book read. Secondly, there is a very abrupt second climax at the end that was not really thought out and was corny and pointless. It was basically a cheap drama effect. Thirdly, the book drops one of the main characters and we only hear from her on a few brief spots. It's too sudden. You go from hearing about her non-stop to not hearing from her at all.
Some of the things I did like was the freshness of the plot. Also, the characters were all realistic and true-to-life, which is something you sometimes don't see in a romance. Overall, I really liked it and am going to check out other books by the author.

Reviewed on 2012.05.09

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