Recent Reviews

Complete Hypnotism, Mesmerism, Mind-Reading and Spritualism

by A. Alpheus

Interesting collection of early info on at the time a new science. Several case studies and methods examined from the early days.
Greg B.

Reviewed on 2014.09.30
by Greg B.

The Coral Island

by R.M. Ballantyne

One of my favourite books when in school. I read it many times after that. Now I own a copy and still reading it. The book is sure to bring in a spirit of adventure in young people.

Reviewed on 2014.09.29
by rajan

A Romance of Kangaroo Point

by Ernest Favenc

A droll story, narrated by an insufferably pretentious son of an insufferably pretentious English father after their relocation to Australia. The son's social climbing and snobbishness set him up nicely for the tricks played on him by his mother's brother, visiting from England.
Everyone is likable and a good character except the upper class.

Reviewed on 2014.09.29
by Lisa Carr

Bygone Punishments

by William Andrews

A very uneven account of the various methods of killing or torturing and mutilating people throughout the history of England. Hanging, pressing, burning at the stake, boiling, beheading, branding, whipping, the stocks, the pillory . . . and more.
Unfortunately, the author gives more details about trivial things than the main means of execution. Drawing and quartering and boiling to death have no details, while 30 pages are spent on the brank--a method of silencing loud women.
Halfway through the book I discovered that gutenberg.org had the same book with all the etchings intact. I'd recommend that version, if only to learn the difference between stocks and the pillory.

Reviewed on 2014.09.29
by Paulo Respighi

The Unspeakable Gentleman

by John P. Marquand

This is such a classic in style.An early example of the really cool hero.
Sword fights, misunderstandings dramatic verbal and physical duals,and a plot that moves so that you can\'t see the complete picture.
Set in America among the landed gentry at the time of the French revolution.
I hope others will enjoy it as much as I did.

Reviewed on 2014.09.28
by cindy

The Chestermarke Instinct

by J.S. Fletcher

An enjoyable crime novel which, unfortunately, collapses at the ending with a rushed and contrived story line.

Reviewed on 2014.09.27
by bhold

Piccaninnies

by Isabel Maud Peacocke

It's a children's book, the stories of elvish creatures who live in the forests of New Zealand. The stories are sweet, some of them rhyme.
Unfortunately, their name is offensive in the States, and probably elsewhere. To a child who has no knowledge of the word, the stories would be fine, but there is so much baggage on the word that it's hard for an adult to read the book.

Reviewed on 2014.09.27
by Lisa Carr

The Mysterious Spaniard

by Anonymous

A French knight fetches his sister from her convent school and finds her infatuated with a stranger she saw once. Coincidentally, the stranger is at their home when they arrive. Marriage and babies follow. The husband disappears, and the Frenchman and a friend set out to find him.
Actually, a pretty good story, better written than most romantic thrillers, though a bit archaic. The ending ties up the mysterious events, but requires a very generous reader to accept.
This author was certainly prolific.

Reviewed on 2014.09.27
by Paulo Respighi

The Bear

by Michael E. Shea

A very good monster story, set who-knows-where -or-when. A giant man-bear stalks the woods and is itself hunted by Char, a grim man with a bow. It moves from region to region, killing any people in its path.
Moody, tense, and bloody, the story has good characters and nice descriptions.

Reviewed on 2014.09.26
by Lisa Carr

By Earthlight

by Bryce Walton

A world-perched-on-the-edge-of-atomic-war story, about a secret attempt to fool Earth into peace. It's dated, and the physics of the story has problems. In 1953 readers probably said, "gosh!" You probably won't. I didn't.

Reviewed on 2014.09.26
by Lisa Carr

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