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Short stories by Dickens, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Hans Christian Andersen and others. Lovely, as substantial as a snow flake, and full of morales to guide good little boys and girls. You'll have visions of sugarplums dancing in your head.
11/18/2012
Mrs. Freeman's stories are all the more scary because the horrors are objects of everyday life. The mirror that reflects the wrong face. The clothes that try to kill the wearer. She lets the suspense creep up on you slowly but effectively. Lots of fun.
10/07/2012
If you rent a house everyone says is haunted, don't be surprised if your wife starts seeing 'things.' A passable 'ghost' story goes off the rails in an entirely new direction three-fourths of the way through the book. Annoying rather than entertaining. Maybe Miss Green was bored, too.
08/04/2012
Cheery bit of fluff blending a little romance and a bit of adventure. No one gets hurt except the bad guys and it's always amusing and kind of sweet. Guy goes from bankruptcy to millionaire and finds out who his friends are.
08/03/2012
Minor piece, not very hair-raising. I kept wishing it had been written by Poe.
07/29/2012
Appears to be complete two volume Quixote; it'sa 900 kb download. But has no index, which is awkward for this size of book. Consider going to source: PG.
07/24/2012
A good subtitle for this would be 'Revenge of the Mummy.'
(It takes a REALLY long time to become as evil as Pharos.)
Boothby, however, thinks of a far nastier revenge than in any Karloff movie. Not quite over-the-top, but close. Fun read, but chilling also.
06/24/2012
Psychologist Trant has access to the very latest neurological research, and uses it to gain insight into clients and suspects. The author seems to have done his research and not filled the book with too obviously junky science. (Given the book came out in 1910.)

Mike Grost gave a thumbs up to one of the stories in this collection, "The Man Higher Up." That's reason enough to try this.


05/22/2012
Could be subtitled, the perils of a poor, weepy little orphan girl. But Tracy is such a good writer, he can keep one interested in even this weak brew. Not much of a mystery. Good for readers who like a lot of romance.
05/18/2012
Cindy Sample - When Online Dating Goes Horribly Wrong
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