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The Right Hand of Doom & Other Tales of Solomon Kane (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)
The Right Hand of Doom & Other Tales of Solomon Kane (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)
by Robert E. Howard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, highly flavourful and ultimately light of heart, 24 July 2010
This volume contains all of the Solomon Kane stories Howard finished in his lifetime. Although there are longer volumes that include fragments, or other authors' versions of Howard's unfinished works, this book is a "Complete Solomon Kane". The stories combine elements of horror and suspense with a slightly detached, amused tone to very pleasing effect. The stories are thrilling without being at all disturbing, and despite their often gruesome subject matter, offer much more in the way of speculative wonder than speculative dread. In many ways they are an optimistic and humanistic counterpart to Lovecraft's cosmic horrors. Kane might live in a world of ancient mystery and supernatural evil, but his will and cunning always allow him to triumph over his foes.

Howard's prose will not be for everyone. It is usually functional rather than beautiful, and sometimes even breaks down into clumsiness. Like Lovecraft, Howard has a tendency to over-rely on certain archaic or unusual words when creating atmosphere. However, these disturbances are invariably minor, and have little or no effect on enjoyment. Being reminded of the story-teller in this way is not really a problem in this type of writing. Overpoweringly, Howard's prose imbues his stories with a particular flavour which lingers on in much fantasy writing to this day. Although hard to label, it is that quality which allows us to use this kind of story as a springboard for our own imaginations. Because of this quality, I find the Solomon Kane stories excellent bedtime reading, a sort of appetiser for exciting and pleasant dreams ahead.


Nose to Tail Eating: A Kind of British Cooking
Nose to Tail Eating: A Kind of British Cooking
by Fergus Henderson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.39

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and inspiring cook-book, 6 April 2007
This is a classic of its type, outlining an approach to eating that combines elements of the classical French aesthetic with British ingredients and recipes. It is inspirational cookery without being overly aspirational.

The book is only marred by a slight lack of clarity and occasional sloppy culinary proofreading. An example of this is Welsh Rarebit for 6 specifying four pieces of toast. This does not detract from the overall significance of the book, but may have the effect of heightening the nervousness of uncertain cooks coming to it for the first time.


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