Saturday, February 4, 2012

Review: Mark Twain's Tales of Mystery by Mark Twain


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Sherlock Holmes in America? Mark Twain a character in his own stories? Can it be true?

True indeed, dear reader, as Mark Twain makes his mark on the mystery genre with this collection of short stories by the grand master himself! Including "A Double Barreled Detective Story," "Tom Sawyer, Detective," "A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage," and "The Stolen White Elephant," delight as Twain breaks convention and bends cherished characters to tell stories that are wholly his own.

Illustrations provided by Menton3 (The Lovecraft Library, Classics Multilated, Monocyte).
MY TAKE:

I originally thought that this book was a graphic novel. As it turns out, Mark Twain's Tales of Mystery is a collection of stories, and in the NetGalley copy which I received, which only had 20 pages, the only illustrations I saw where in the first few pages.

The illustrations and the book itself has a brown, white and black motif that looks really classy and vintage. The first story in the series is Tom Sawyer, Detective. I haven't read this story before, so I was pleased to see what Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn were up to. Too bad the NetGalley copy only had the first three 1/2 chapters. I would have liked to learn how the story played out.

Thanks to NetGalley and IDW Publishing for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:
  1. The stories are written by Mark Twain.
  2. You get to read about Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn again.
  3. Nice layout and font and color choice.
THE BAD:
  1. The pronunciation spelling can take some getting used to.
FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
It just makes a boy homesick to look ahead like that and see how far off summer is.
READ IT IF:
  1. You're a fan of Mark Twain.
  2. You like reading classics.
  3. You like mysteries.
RATING:
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