Thursday 6 July 2017

The Mask of Fu Manchu

I just finished reading this, the first Fu Manchu novel I've finished in over fifty years. I remember buying these in cheap American imports with some amazing covers back in the day when every newsagent in the UK stocked Marvel and DC comics and copies of magazines like The Castle of Frankenstein and Famous Monsters of Filmland. Did the book live up to my memories? Though this book is a beautiful 1950s reprint of the 1933 original, and a book I'll treasure on my shelves forevermore, I found the story a lot more tedious and non-thrilling than I expected, not helped by the clunky first-person narrative. Oh well...

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