The "Horror of the Heights" and "The New Catacomb" are amongst the finest short fiction written by Doyle. "The Man with the Watches" is a pleasant read as is "The Lost Special". It is amazing that one man who thought so little of his fiction and so much of his long and tedious biographies could consistently be not only the founder of the modern detective mystery but the creator of such memorable characters. I recommend this book to all.
A groundbreaking, extremely important and totally boring book. Important for the development of Darwin's theory of evolution but otherwise deserving of a pass. I am sure the research and observations upon nature deserve 5 stars. As an interesting read I give it 2 stars. It contains much more information on birds, insects and turtles that I have ever needed to know.
Morley is more than a good writer. His characters are quirky and interesting, his dialogue is bright and seems reflective of Washington Irving and Mark Twain. He holds an all encompassing knowledge of American literature which would put Van Wyck Brooks to shame, his literary opinions are always interesting and his reading recommendations are a much welcome gift. Despite the many good things in the book the ghost story lacks a ghost, the mystery is only marginally mysterious and the romance between an advertising salesman and the daughter of his wealthy client seems tentative.
It is a worthy read for a rainy day when one has nothing else to do but I believe inferior to Morley\'s previous effort Parnassus On Wheels. Recommended with two stars for the story and four stars for everything else.
I read this wonderful book forty years ago whilst at university and loved it. Now that I have found it on ManyBooks I shall have the opportunity to digest it again. Scott was an unusual person with strange prejudices (mostly religious) and a clearly chauvinistic bent. He is however one of the great story tellers of all time. This is the story of a great patriot who loved Scotland deeply and was loved and revered deeply by his followers and friends. The novel is reputed to be a frank and realistic depiction of social conditions in England and Scotland in the period prior to the Jacobite rebellion (circa 1715). Surprisingly Rob Roy is the hero of the novel but not the primary character. Read it slowly and savor every sentence, it is a masterwork in every sense of the word. Highly recommended, not always an easy read but the story is engrossing in the extreme.