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  •  The Green Eyes of Bast (2+ / 0-)
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    wonderful world, RiveroftheWest

    I remember enjoying reading Sax Rohmer's The Green Eyes of Bast (1920) decades ago.  I can't remember anything about it, except that IIRC it didn't quite live up to its excellent title.

    I've read several of the Rohmer's Fu Manchu books (again, decades ago), and they're quite a bit of fun and a window into the attitudes of their time.  One thing that makes them quite enjoyable is that Nayland Smith is always several steps behind the Insidious Doctor, and you don't see how he could possibly win against the Doctor's evil genius.  It's not like a James Bond novel, where you know Bond is going to win because the villain's hubris causes him to make dumb mistakes like not shooting Bond when he has the chance.

    Better to hide your tax returns and be thought a crook than to release them and remove all doubt. [Adapted from Abraham Lincoln]

    by Caelian on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 12:20:42 PM PDT

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