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30 review for Great Tales of Mystery and Adventure: The Body Snatcher, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Beach of Falsea, and other stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Sargent

    I had forgotten how good these were. Well written and a lot of fun to reread (30 years ago)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    I've been working steadily on the Robert Louis Stevenson collection. I had forgotten how much I loved The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. This is Stevenson's classic tale of man's inner struggle between his "evil" self and his "good" self. The description of Jekyll's last few days and hours...how he tried very hard to get his old self back and vanquish the evil Mr. Hyde was quite effective. It showed exactly how difficult it is sometimes for our better nature to win out. And I had forgotte I've been working steadily on the Robert Louis Stevenson collection. I had forgotten how much I loved The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. This is Stevenson's classic tale of man's inner struggle between his "evil" self and his "good" self. The description of Jekyll's last few days and hours...how he tried very hard to get his old self back and vanquish the evil Mr. Hyde was quite effective. It showed exactly how difficult it is sometimes for our better nature to win out. And I had forgotten Stevenson's descriptive powers--particularly showcased in the short story "The Merry Men." I could feel the sea spray on my face and hear the howl of the wind and mad, chanting of the "merry" waves. "The Body Snatcher" (the most recently finished) is a tale worthy to be included in one of Hitchcock's spine tingling collections...perhaps it has been. It has one of the best surprise endings so far. *Later* Now, I return to RLS...next story: "The Beach of Falesa." I don't think I've heard of this one before. Okay, so "The Beach of Falesa" wound up being a tad long-winded for my tastes. I know I said I like RSL's descriptive powers--and I do, but only when they are well-employed. This story took way to long to get to the point and the descriptions did not set the mood as well as had been accomplished in the previous stories. However, the "Story of the Young Man with the Cream Tarts" was bang on. Terrific, mood-setting descriptions and the denouement was perfect. And I love this quote: "There is every reason why I should not tell you my story. Perhaps that is just the reason why I am going to do so." As well as: "My acquaintance with French was sufficient to enable me to squander money in Paris with almost the same facility as in London. In short, I am a person full of manly accomplishments." Going from cream tarts to a Suicide Club is a superb move on the part of Mr. Stevenson. Following on the heels of the cream tarts story was "Adventure of the Hansom Cab"--a bit of a sequel and every bit as delightful as its predecessor. I have fallen for Prince Florizel and Colonel Geraldine. I hope that there are more stories out there that feature them. The final story, "The Isle of Voices," was a bit of a let-down. Good premise, but there's something about his stories on the Hawaiian Islands (and close neighbors) that I just don't get into. The best of his stories that revolve around this area is "The Bottle Imp"--but that one focuses more on the the story itself and less on describing the islands and inhabitants.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Stevenson does a great job developing characters in a short space of time. I really enjoyed The Ebb-Tide. He really reveals the darker side of man and leaves some hope for redemption.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brian

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley Mcgregor

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sally

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

  9. 4 out of 5

    Eclectic Indulgence

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bobo

  11. 4 out of 5

    Camille

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ale Flores

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Collier

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leah

  15. 5 out of 5

    Man Solo

  16. 5 out of 5

    Keith Trullinger

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ted

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kitan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dodge

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tasneem Sannah

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Liz

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angela

  26. 4 out of 5

    Molly

  27. 5 out of 5

    Seven Negen

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael Bonny

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maxfield Allison

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mark Gaulton

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