The Kindle edition of this, as always, has no interactive table of contents, but apart from that there are no technical issues to mention. The content is a collection of stories first published in 1903, set in various antique periods and locations such as Dark Age Caucasia, and China shortly after Lao-Tzu. They are fantasies, often a tad whimsical and sometimes stilted in language, but there is a wry and cynical humour behind all of them, and they make a point without (usually) being too heavy-handed. My own favourite is The Demon Pope, but all of them are worth reading. The stories published here are: Twilight of the Gods, The Potion of Lao-Tsze, Abdallah the Adite, The City of Philosophers, The Demon Pope, The Cupbearer, The Wisdom of the Indians, The Dumb Oracle, Duke Virgil, The cLaw, Alexander the Ratcatcher, The Rewards of Industry, Madam Lucifer, The Talisman, The Elixir of Life, The Poet of Panopolis, The Purple Head, The Firefly, Pan's Wand, A Page From the Book of Folly, The Bell of Saint Euschemon, Bishop Addo and Bishop Gaddo, The Philosopher and the Butterflies, Truth and Her Companions, The Three Palaces, New Readings In Biography and The Poison Maid.
I enjoyed reading this book, although I am not being religious in nature it was interesting to read a book written from a perspective of a person with very strong Christian beliefs going out into the wider world.
Richard Garnett was a member of a literary dynasty which held readers' attention for several generations. The stories in Twilight of the Gods are speculative fantasies (partly parables partly fairy tales) which manage to be both entertaining And thought provoking. The tales have exotic settings as diverse as Armenia during the last days of the Roman Empire or Imperial China. Garnett is a little like Hazlitt, a little like OHenry, a little like Borges, but most of all like himself. If you have a taste for serious whimsy, you should spent some time with this book - but if your taste is for irreclaimably light reading - give it a miss.
Started off good, but then had problems with some of the tales just ending what seemed rather abruptly, without a proper ending. Some of the stories were peculiar and seemed to have no real backbone or moral or any reason for being told.