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Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
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Read from April 29 to May 01, 2011

Oh, look, I can review this book from my computer. The ins and outs of this problem deeply, deeply confuse me...

Anyway, to actually review the book: the Penguin edition of selected tales of Edgar Allan Poe is an interesting one. His writing is interesting, reasonably absorbing most of the time, and it was quite good to read the forerunners of modern detective fiction in the form of 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', and 'The Mystery of Marie Roget', though both of them got a little tiresome by the end because of the overload of detail. It read a lot like Sherlock Holmes... The more supernatural stories reminded me of William Hope Hodgson's work, particularly the ones about perils at sea.

Unfortunately, the themes get a little repetitive -- oh, look, someone's been buried alive again!
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Reading Progress

04/29/2011 page 96
24.0% "Didn't like the first story very much, but I'm getting into the style now. Reminds me of William Hope Hodgson."
04/29/2011 page 154
38.0% "Huh, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is so very... Sherlock Holmes ish."
05/01/2011 page 199
49.0% "Ooh, I liked "The Masque of the Red Death". I sort of expected what happened, but still."
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K.D. Absolutely Wow. Did you read them all?


Nikki Yes -- some with more attention than others, though. About halfway through, I got a bit antsy!


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