Friday, November 18, 2011

Review: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories

Synopsis: I reviewed the Title Story here - which I read via an app on my cell phone while waiting at a doctor's appointment. The other stories are what I am reviewing here. They are: The Body-Snatchers; Markheim; The Bottle Imp.

Review: Over all, these stories are creepy, dark, piercing - full of tortured, deminated, greedy and murderous characters. Stevenson is none for his children's work, but it is these adult (and they surely are adult) are my favorites.
In The Body Snatchers, a young doctor-in-training doesn't ask where the bodies from disection come from. But when he recognizes the face of the dead, he and another doctor-in-training get in with the wrong man - a man who may or may not be more then human.
Markheim is about a young man who goes to a shop to seek a gift for the girl he wishes to marry - but the shopkeeper stands in his way - and murder is the only answer.
The Bottle Imp is about man who buys a bottle that makes him wildly successful - but there is always a price.
These are deliciously twisted tales and I highly recommended - but these are best read on a stormy night with candles and tea and wind lashing your window.

Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: None

Date Finished: 11-9-11
Pages: 187

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