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Fire-Tongue by Sax Rohmer
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May 06, 12

bookshelves: gaslight-weird, rippping_yarns, fiction
Read from May 05 to 06, 2012

"Fire-Tongue" has a promising title but alas is but second-rate Rohmer. Here one finds the characteristic Rohmerian menace from the East, this time in the form of a secret society based in India and presided over by an effeminate financier from Iran. There are two stalwart men of action and two damsels in distress, but despite the doubling of the recipe the concoction falls flat.

Rohmer spends too much time stoking the fires of suspense, which merely smoulder in response. In particular, he devotes excess verbiage to the hero's inward perceptions, and I soon wearied of passages describing said hero's heightened powers of intuition and sixth sense.

When the unfolding of the novel finally begins in earnest, it takes up the second man-of-action's thread, then twists back and forth among central characters like an unwieldy snake before reaching an all-too-quick climax followed by an almost non-existent denouement. I couldn't help but feeling that Rohmer himself had tired of the antics of "Fire-Tongue."
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