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by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Marion Zimmer Bradley was a science fiction fan before she became a famous author, so this early work unsurprisingly feels a lot like some of the early guides to SF books that were published by fans in the early days of the genre. But here we are looking at a very different kind of fantasy!

Worth browsing through if you are at all interested in the subject, but hopelessly outdated if you're looking for a guidebook.

Reviewed on 2012.06.17

The Great Portrait Mystery

by R. Austin Freeman

This collection does not contain thirteen short stories and none of them feature John Thorndyke.

Half the book is taken up with the title story, a lively romp in which the hero nearly loses his job at the National Gallery in London after a valuable painting is stolen by ingenious thieves. When the painting is returned, the authorities are willing to forget the whole matter -- but he wonders why anybody should go to such trouble to steal the painting and then return it.

The resulting plot wil have you engrossed.

Reviewed on 2008.02.08

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