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Voodoo Tales: The Ghost Stories of Henry S Whitehead (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)
Voodoo Tales: The Ghost Stories of Henry S Whitehead (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pulp Tales, 25 Feb 2013
I've been a collector of pulp tales for quite a while, but you do still have material that is hard to find - still an issue for eBooks, especially - but Voodoo Tales makes readily available again the stories of Henry S. Whitehead.

One caveat: be prepared to read how things were in the past, i. e. attitudes to race, etc as these were the beliefs at the time of writing. This is the case with a lot of pulp era fiction.

That said, these are wonderful stories that deserve reading. Windows on the past and weird fiction.

A definite must to cure readers sick of more formulaic authors.

The Lonely Shadows: Tales of Horror and the Cthulhu Mythos
The Lonely Shadows: Tales of Horror and the Cthulhu Mythos
Price: 2.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking Forward to More, 1 Oct 2012
The late John Glasby's tales that deal with Lovecraft's Mythos are something special, so much so that I've ferreted them out when and where I can. To see them start to appear on Kindle is simply delightful.

"The Lonely Shadows" comprises 5 stories:
- The Lonely Shadows
- The Seventh Image
- Shirley's Ghost
- Undersea Quest
- Innsmouth Bane

All of these tales are a rewarding read and definitely worth the price of your purchase. You begin to read them, seeing them as initially simplistic, but soon you find the dramatic undertone that sweeps you up and keeps you reading to the end.

Enjoyable and excellent value. Don't miss this, or his other weird, horror, or mythos materials.

Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God
Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God
Price: 6.07

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Gem, 25 April 2012
As a person who has read and loved the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, William Hope Hodgson, M. R. James, and Algernon Blackwood, I looked forward to reading this book to see how their characters came across.

I cannot fault the opening chapters of Mr Adams' book. He has created a very interesting scenario which piques your desire to find out what is going on perfectly. However, after that the story starts to lose momentum and falls flat at the end as if Guy Adams found it hard to finish the story.

His handling of the characters is also mixed. Adams' gives us a masterful and authentic portrayal of both Holmes and Watson - certainly among the top of all the many non-Conan Doyle tales of the Great Detective and his friend.

Having read M. R. James' "Casting the Runes", Hodgson's tales of Carnaki the Ghost-Finder, and Blackwood's John Silence stories, I feel their use in this book flawed; especially this last one.

"Minor Spoiler In Next Paragraph - Please Skip If You Wish To Read The Book"

Adams' takes an established heroic character and tries to make him a villain, very unsuccessfully, too. It's like taking Batman and making him worse than his arch enemy, the Joker. It just doesn't track and derails the suspension of disbelief if you're familiar with Blackwood's celebrated creation.

Hodgson's Carnacki is portrayed well in his DIY fighting the darkness way except for the strange addition of a vain streak not apparent, to me at least, in the source material.

His attempt to use James' Karswell also seems a little off. He just doesn't come across unpleasant enough. Read "Casting the Runes" and you're not just told Karswell is a dangerous and horrible man, you feel it. Here in this book he seems too much of a shadow of that, coming off as a bad second fiddle to the main villain - like an afterthought.

I don't think anyone can get Aleister Crowley across as a character well. Adams' attempt is valiant and I give him kudos for the effort.

All in all, Adams writing is competent, engaging at the start, but trails off by the end. If you're looking for something light to kill some time, I'd definitely say give it a chance. However, if you want something more, I would pick another book.

The Breath of God is a flawed gem.

European Orders and Decorations to 1945 (Shire Library)
European Orders and Decorations to 1945 (Shire Library)
by Peter Duckers
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.40

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Comprehensive, 28 Aug 2009
This is the fourth--and by far the best--title from Shire Publications that I've purchased. I was initially quite wary as I'd bought British Campaign Medals 1815-1914 (Shire Album) only to find that it didn't contain a lot of the awards I'd expected to find. In this case, as with the other two Shire titles, I was glad to find my fears unwarranted. In all their books I've read to date, Shire provides excellent quality photos and a depth of information you just won't find on the many, many websites available. This title was more comprehensive than I'd thought and I'd gladly recommend it to the new medal hobbyist or someone wanting to learn about medals and honours. The only thing left to wish for is that Shire had more titles covering a wider range of medals!

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