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The Damned
The Damned
by Algernon Blackwood
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars why not horror?, April 8 2003
This review is from: The Damned (Paperback)
again AB creates the greatest setting. a house where strange things happen. giving strange impressions. great descriptions. great descriptions of feelings. but in the end it turns out not to be horror at all. good plot. awful ending. AB seem never to have realized that a horror story should have a horror ending

The Man Whom the Trees Loved
The Man Whom the Trees Loved
by Algernon Blackwood
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars love of nature, April 8 2003
this is a story about a man with a special form of contact with the woods. that's it, actually. supernatural, not horror. good descriptions. B. is always great at decribing nature and it's lure, and how man is drawn to it. but nothing much happens, and some of the dialogue is unnecessary. (the story is actually a short story)

The Complete John Silence Stories
The Complete John Silence Stories
by Algernon Blackwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.51
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2.0 out of 5 stars john's revelations are dull, April 8 2003
i love blackwood at his best. this is not it. one great story, otherwise this detective doesn't work for me. if it only had been more crime-like, i might have liked it. these explanations, investigations, plots, are just not good enough. probably his worst work.

Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood
Best Ghost Stories of Algernon Blackwood
by Algernon Blackwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.78
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4.0 out of 5 stars black wood, April 8 2003
this collection contains many of his finest. wndigo, willows, glamor of the snow.... Blackwood is great at creating the setting, no the greatest. and in describing the conflict between ancient and modern. also he is great at describing the lure of the dark. some of the stories are nor so great, like max hensig. which is why it's four stars

Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories
Ancient Sorceries and Other Weird Stories
by Algernon Blackwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.36
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4.0 out of 5 stars master of the setting, April 7 2003
ab is the master of setting. his stories has the most powerful settings. in addition he is the best at describing the conflict between the primal and the modern man. alas, he was never good at endings. some of his stories end will enough, but many a time there is something destroying. the guy decides just to walk away, for example. oh, well

The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.26
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4.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece (but the dialogue....), April 7 2003
there is noe doubt about this book. it deserves to be a classic. the plot is good, carried out great. an excellent subtle style, only matched by l.p.hartley, in fact. a few people gather to find out whether or not a house is hunted, and how. what will happen? great descriptions. my one problem is with the lengthy irrelevant dialogue. there is a LOT of it. otherwise i would have given the book five stars.

The Man-Wolf and Other Tales
The Man-Wolf and Other Tales
by Erckmann-Chatrian
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars not far enough, April 7 2003
this books contains a few stories, the largest and best being man-wolf, the others are by the way completely uninteresting. they are gothic in style. man-wolf has a good plot, though simple. descriptions are good. but it doesn't go far enough and is filled with unnecessary stuff, like most gothic tales. something strange is going around in a castle. a nobleman is experiencing personality change. it could have been good. it becomes mediocre

Ghost and Horror Stories of Ambrose Bierce
Ghost and Horror Stories of Ambrose Bierce
by Ambrose Bierce
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.98
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3.0 out of 5 stars unfinished mastery, April 7 2003
let me first say: some of these stories are truly great. the collection clearly shows great imagination, great writing, and a vide variety of original stories. yet, there is something... I don't know. many of the stories seem so unfinished. too abrupt, too short, too lame descriptions. again and again stories seem to lack one quality, destroying it, or simply having just a little bit to little to recommend it. i don't know. just didn't quite get into it i guess. perhaps it's just me.

Oblomov
Oblomov
by Ivan Goncharov
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars a warning against laziness, April 7 2003
This review is from: Oblomov (Paperback)
oblomov is a guy who never quite manages to do anything. he has great difficulties managing to do anything. finally a friend manages to convince Oblomov that he must be active, otherwise he will never escape his laziness. the psychology in the story is great. the plot is always simple, perhaps too slowly progressing. there is much humour in this book. the characters are truly believable.

The Seven That Were Hanged
The Seven That Were Hanged
by Leonid Andreyev
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.87
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4.0 out of 5 stars one mediocre, one great, April 7 2003
the seven that were hanged tells a story of seven people about to be executed. what they are doing, thinking. strangely superficial to be Andreyev, I think. the red laugh is a masterpiece. the red laugh is kind of the laughter of despair, strife, death. the story is harder to read than the first. it is about how people deal with the terrors of war (or can't). in war times, and after their service. hardly outdated. Andrejev's greatest skill i think, is how he makes the descriptions of what people see, match how they feel inside.

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