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The Fire-Gods 9 ( A Tale of the Congo ) [NOOK Book]

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A quick, zippy adventure yarn through the sweltering Congo jungle. This book felt a bit like Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" reinterpreted as an adventure tale for teenage lads. Blood, bullets, swamps, and savages abound, along with a heaping helping of racism, despite the author's attempt at an anti-slavery, all-men-are-created-equal message. A bit lightweight and fluffy at times, but it was darn good fun and is certain to the stoke the fires of wanderlust and adventure in the ...
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The Fire-Gods 9 ( A Tale of the Congo )

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Overview

A quick, zippy adventure yarn through the sweltering Congo jungle. This book felt a bit like Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" reinterpreted as an adventure tale for teenage lads. Blood, bullets, swamps, and savages abound, along with a heaping helping of racism, despite the author's attempt at an anti-slavery, all-men-are-created-equal message. A bit lightweight and fluffy at times, but it was darn good fun and is certain to the stoke the fires of wanderlust and adventure in the hearts of its readers.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149494934
  • Publisher: Randall Sanders Publishing Co.
  • Publication date: 5/9/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 115 KB

Meet the Author

Charles Gilson
(1878-1943)

UK soldier and writer, who sometimes signed early books as Captain Charles Gilson and later publications as Major Charles Gilson, and whose tales for young male English readers are riddled with the class, racial and imperialist assumptions of his era. He is best known for fantasies like The Cat and the Curate: A Phenomenal Experience (1934), in which a cat is transformed into a seductive Middle Eastern lady, and for Lost-World tales like The Lost Island (1910) and Queen of the Andes (1935) as by Barbara Gilson. Other novels with sf elements, generally for a Young Adult market, include The Pirate Aeroplane (1913), in which a Lost World is discovered at the end of a daring flight; The Scarlet Hand: Being the Adventures of Travers Humphreys and his Friend, Jack Haliday, Together with Authenticated Fact in Connection with the Secret Society of the Scarlet Hand, and some Mention of Jugatai, the Tartar (1920), a Yellow Peril tale featuring a colony of man-apes (> Apes as Human); The Realm of the Wizard King: A Romance of Central Africa (1922), which is also deals with a Lost Race; The Lost City: Being the Authentic Account by Professor Miles Unthank of the Search for the Sarcophagus of Serophis, & the Theft of the Mystic Scarab, Formerly in the British Museum (1923); and The City of the Sorcerer (1934), again a Lost Race story. Of fuller sf interest is The Race Round the World: Being the Account of the Contest for the £100,000 Prize Offered by the Combined Newspaper League, of the Invention of Methylite, and Certain Passages in the Life of Mr Wang (1914), in which the Invention of a new fuel allows round-the-world flights. Some other titles, which hover without any consuming purport on the rim of the fantastic, are given in the Checklist.
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