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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

The Gold Bug

Selected Tales -  Edgar Allan Poe

The second of the stories I've chosen to read from my edition of Edgar Allan Poe's Selected Tales, The Gold Bug is so much fun!!  It's an adventure and it involves pirates and buried treasure, what's not to like?


Well, the blatant racism would be what is not to like.  The vernacular of Jupiter too, while it may or may not be accurate to the times, was almost impossible to read without stumbling.  Richard B. Fisher wrote in the introduction "one does not accept the author's prejudices in acknowledging his genius".  I suppose this is true - the story is a work of literary genius - but my enthusiasm for the story was dented nonetheless and so I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.