Short story collection
When we think of the Gothic Genre we are likely to think of writers like Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe. These stories show the talent and style present in Russian writing during the 19th Century, and are more than worth a read! I would recommend this book to everyone!
I want to review these stories separately, as they differ a lot in quality and topic between authors.
The illustrations in this story were really lovely and really added to the pleasure and enchantment!
MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS:
THE LAFERTOVO POPPY-CAKE SELLER
TALES OF BURIED TREASURE
This was quite a long short story, containing many stories within a story, and quite enjoyable. I liked all the contained stories as well as the main one. 5 stars.
A classic Russian tale of silly youth, intelligent girl and dark magic. Amusing. 4 stars.
THE WITCHES OF KIEV
THE TERRIBLE FORTUNE TELLING
Rather of a cautionary tale, as several in this collection have turned out to be. I did think the superatural bit in the graveyard both spooky and then humourous, which amused me no end. 4 stars. It would have ben 5 if not for the 'it never happened' ending.
A delightfully spooky story. Alas for the frustrating 'it was all a dream' ending! 4 stars. It would have been 5 if not for the ending.
THE QUEEN OF SPADES
A very original little tale, very enjoyable. 5 stars.
Yet again, very original. I loved the story and the denouement. 5 stars.
A great example of well-written orientalism. The threefold tale is always pleasurable for me and the story was poignant and touching. 5 stars.
A faily typical moral tale with devils. 3 stars.
A wonderfully imagined science fiction story! What is now regarded as Victorian Era Steampunk. A real stand out! I adored every second of this and was sad when it ended! 6 stars out of 5!
Interesting, enjoyed references to arcane teachings. I liked the visions he saw and sadness of the ending. 5 stars.
The story within a story within a story technique is a little confusing at times. Also I not sure if the ending was meant to be a little unclear. 4 stars.
THE CITY WITHOUT A NAME
An engaging and convincing rhetoric against the dangers of obsession with personal gain, told as a story. I loved this, as well as the ending that intimates it will not be taken to heart. I think the lessons good ones as well. 6 stars out of 5.
THE LIVING CORPSE
Another tale about the ways people badly influence others and never learn their lesson but I did not enjoy the humourous style. 2 stars.
Well written but unfinished.
A NIGHT IN MAY OR THE DROWNED MAIDEN
Absurd and goes nowhere. Really not Gothic. 2 stars.
It can be a little meandering in places but in the end all is revealed. A wonderful narrative about the power art can have. 5 stars.
Dark family history, supernatural adventures and the obstacles both supernatural and human to a love match. 5 stars.