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Tom Swift and His Airship by Victor Appleton
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Jan 03, 12

Read in January, 2012

This is a very interesting book. One of the Stratemeyer line of "boys' adventures" from the 1910s, it's a very straightforward and uncomplicated tale of the boy inventor teaming up with a balloonist to go on an aerial adventure. I was initially charmed by its simplistic style, although there are some troubling racial elements that don't stand the test of time.

Still, by the end I was disappointed that it wasn't more clever or interesting. The bad guys' plots are easily foiled -- and don't even involve the airship itself! The writing style remains charming as an artifact of its era, and it was a very fast read.

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