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The Dark Country
The Dark Country
by Dennis Etchison
Edition: Paperback
11 used & new from CDN$ 57.91

2.0 out of 5 stars not a good country, April 10 2003
This review is from: The Dark Country (Paperback)
i must say: i really liked his writing style. so i hoped and hoped. but no. the stories here aren't much of stories. seem like confusion on paper. i'm afraid i must demand plots, ideas. i know i'm being unclear, but that's because the author is too. the way he carries out the story, you sometimes wonder what you are reading about

The House of the Seven Gables
The House of the Seven Gables
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 7.95
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3.0 out of 5 stars excellent writing, not that interesting, April 10 2003
Hawthorne's writing style is excellent, perhaps one of the very best in english. and his idea is good too, i'll give him that. but the story is not made very interesting. developed too slowly. too much about the family affairs, and too little about the mystery. not enough susepence for me.

Fruiting Bodies and Other Fungi
Fruiting Bodies and Other Fungi
by Brian Lumley
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars can't digest the fungi, April 10 2003
i was not mazed by this collection. it was strange, in a way. great descriptions in one story, incredible shallow in another. good well developed style in one story,like a child writing in another. amazingly unoriginal in some stories. never really inventive. but the most sad thing was how Lumley kept from being interesting. oh, by the way: don't hate the man, know he's got some good stories.

Nameless Cults: The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Fiction of Robert E. Howard
Nameless Cults: The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Fiction of Robert E. Howard
by Robert E. Howard
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars worth a read, but disappointing, April 9 2003
this is a good collection, consisting of many of howard's stories (some don't belong here). howard is always great at combat descriptions and describing man's instinct. the stories here are mostly inspired by things Howard has read. howard can't manage to create the stories as well as usually, also being very uninventive and unoriginal at times. some of the stories were only vaguely interesting. beyond the borders was a better collection

Beyond The Borders
Beyond The Borders
by Linda Howard
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars ignore the illustration!, April 9 2003
this is a great collection of horror stories. perhaps not particularly well invented or original, but excellently written, good descriptions of the primal fear in man, great descriptions, and the suspence never lacking.

Cormac Mac Art
Cormac Mac Art
by Robert E Howard
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars true Art, April 9 2003
howard is forever the mater of describing battles. and in this book it's battles, battles, battles. filled with action. man slashes man. great descriptions. great writing. great......great. men fights men. blood floats.

The Ithaqua Cycle
The Ithaqua Cycle
by Robert M. Price
Edition: Paperback
17 used & new from CDN$ 33.71

3.0 out of 5 stars i have seen the wind, and it's cold enough for me, April 9 2003
This review is from: The Ithaqua Cycle (Paperback)
this book opens with blackwood's great story: the wendigo. B is the master of the setting, noone can create the background and atmosphere like him. a very well written story from Brennan here. and Meloff's story is also an interesting read. derleth is at his best here. i don''t care that much for the guy, have never considered him to be HPL's great successor or anything, but he knows how to write, and i have always considered his story about Ithaqua to be his best contribution. the rest of the stories are well written. i don't think any of chaosium's anthologies contains of so much good writing than this. but good is not great. and the rest of the stories never turns out to be really good. the suspence killed by irrelevant writing going on for too long, mostly. sad. but the book is still wort reading

Police!!!
Police!!!
by Robert W. Chambers
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 19.45
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2.0 out of 5 stars police is not obeying enough rules, April 9 2003
This review is from: Police!!! (Paperback)
original and inventive, as always. the stories worked better than usually by the author. some with real interesting concepts. but he never knows how to stick only to the story, to obey sensible literal rules, how to form the stories in a sensible way.

Yellow Sign & Other Stories
Yellow Sign & Other Stories
by Robert W. Chambers
Edition: Paperback
12 used & new from CDN$ 29.48

2.0 out of 5 stars truly weird, April 9 2003
very inventive. very original. and ha sure knows how to keep the reader from knowing what's going on. but he is too anarchicc in style, suddenly taking a long path AWAY from the horror. for example, he suddenly creates a love story in the middle of building a horror story with great promise. he can make a story become an unclear blur. he doesn't obey any rules, and it does not suit the stories.

The King in Yellow
The King in Yellow
by Robert W. Chambers
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars no king, April 9 2003
This review is from: The King in Yellow (Paperback)
well, chambers stories have a LOT of potential. he has quite an imagination. very original guy. and very different. he could have been truly weird. but he doesn't know when to stop. he can suddenly stretch the story too far in one direction, amazingly enogh: away from the horror. also he likes to include romance even when it doesn't fit. he has an anarchic style that destroys the stories.

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