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More short stories

RL is really interfering with my reading at the moment but I have managed to keep going with a few short stories, just haven't managed to blog about them! So this is a catching up post.

Since the beginning of the month I've read three more stories from Dreams Underfoot by Charles De Lint. The Sacred Fire, Winter was Hard and Pity the Monsters. They were all good but my favourite of the three was the last which was quite a macabre little story connected with a certain book by Mary Shelley.

The Blue Cross by G.K. Chesterton is from an anthology called Father Brown and features eighteen stories taken from five Father Brown books. I'm completely new to this series, written between the years of 1911 - 1935 apparently. I knew of them of course, just never read any. Which is a shame because this story of a cleric who is carrying a valuable cross across the English Channel and is targeted by a notorious criminal is spot on. Beautifully written, nicely observed and with a wonderful sense of London at the beginning of the 20th. century. I will happily read many more of these stories.

The Adventure of the Antiquarian's Neice is by Barbara Hambly and comes from Shadows Over Baker Street, edited by Michael Reaves and John Pelan. The theme here is Sherlock Holmes and how he would deal with Lovecraftian mysteries of the Cthulhu Mythos variety. An odd mixture maybe but it seems to work. I liked the first story which is a yarn by Neil Gaiman called, A Study in Emerald, and picked the Barbara Hambly tale out because I'd heard of the author. It wasn't bad, involved skulduggery in a mansion and a maiden in distress, not to mention Watson... I got a bit lost with who was who in the family, though I may not have been paying enough attention. Nevertheless, very nicely written with good Holmes and Watson characterisations and true to Conan Doyle's original, imo.

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talekyn
Feb. 14th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I have Shadows over Baker Street floating around here somewhere. I've read "A Study In Emerald" several times, and I believe it's up for free on neilgaiman.com. (I read two of the other stories he has up for free, but haven't blogged about them yet and probably won't tonight ... perhaps tomorrow night.)
caffyolay
Feb. 15th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
For some reason LJ didn't send me notification of this comment. I must learn to check back just in case.

I don't know why but I have the feeling it's a patchy anthology. Where I get this opinion from after having read just two of the stories I don't know. LOL!
talekyn
Feb. 15th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
I think most multi-author anthologies are patchy ... or at least, patchier than a single-author anthology. *grin*
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