The Republic

The Republic by Plato My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Eye rolling, boring, silly “arguments” that were long and drawn out. I got about half way through this mess, while I could have argued with virtually every “premise” Plato, or Socrates, or whoever the hell he thought he was, the goons that sat around him […]

The Devil’s Admiral

The Devil’s Admiral by Frederick F. Moore My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To suggest the devil has but a single admiral would be to tax the bounds of credulity, but there are swaths of this story that do just that, so maybe the title is just a portentous teaser. On the other hand, a […]

A Lady’s Captivity among Chinese Pirates

A Lady’s Captivity Among Chinese Pirates by Fanny Loviot My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a tale of adventure and travel, with all the sights and perils that abounded in 1850’s humanity. Oh, and there was a little bit of pirate action as well. Of course, if you’re on the receiving end of […]

Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets by George Manville Fenn My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The author’s bio says that he wrote juvenile fiction (among other things), and if this is one of those books, then I shudder to think how George Manville Fenn’s children turned out. It’s an adventure tale, with all the violence you could ask […]

The Mystery

The Mystery by Stewart Edward White My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, if the aim of Stewart Edward White was to create a bonafide mystery, he certainly succeeded. I finished the book and still wonder what the mystery actually was. We get some clues, but you’ll have to use your imagination to fill in […]