Reviews by Stela

All's Fair

by Gelett Burgess

"All's fair in ove and war", they say. This extremely short novella is a nice and easy read with a warm and funny ending. Wouldn't be as good if it was much longer. Four stars

Reviewed on 2010.12.15

The Weapons of Mystery

by Joseph Hocking

A typical thriller written during the time the "occult myseries" were in vogue, this books concerns a quite asocial writer named Blake who falls into a struggle with some dark forces while trying to get his lady. A little bit predictable, but the main character is very well stressed out, very believable and normal - his flaws and doubts are not alien to any of us, and his spiritual strength, when he gains it, is also very understandable and I can connect with it easily.

His mental states are described almost to perfection - his anguish and despair are so very tangible, so dense I could actually sympathise with him. This actually elevates this book above the medicore narrative line. Writing style also adequate and vivid, but very obivously not original.

All in all a good read.

Reviewed on 2010.01.12

The Woman with the Fan

by Robert Hichens

This is a moralistic tale of a all-too-beautiful woman who, spolied by all the attention she gets, spurns real love for false pleasures in life, like material wealth and hedonistic joy. Of cours,e she will learn her lesson, maybe even the hard way. A deent book, nothing special to talk about or to call it a classic - the characterisation of the main character is at times vauge, and you get the feeling she is spolied just becouse she has to be, with no real reason to support it - but I still liked it. Three stars

Reviewed on 2010.01.09

Dead Violets

by Leonard Merrick

A short and quite unfinished piece of work. The fable is simple: A men and a woman were (by some forces of nature) separeated five years ago, she married another, and he forgot about her as time went by. However, he sent, as a token of love, violet's on her birthday. She thinks it a sign of his love - that had long ceased to exist. When they meet again, she in an unhappy marriage, seeks comfort in him - but is he ready to tell her the terrible truth - that he no longer loves her, or just keep silent and persuade her to elope? I would preffer more background story, and it could have been a longer and more dense novelette, but this is too short

Reviewed on 2009.12.24

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