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Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton

The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, by Arthur Conan Doyle

Another tale of the Great Detective. It contains Dr. Watson's Crowning Moment of Awesome.

1) Is Holmes justified in breaking the law--either in his decision to commit burglary or his decision in keeping quiet about what he saw in Milverton's home?

2) There's another moral point the story passes over rather glibly: What do you think of Holmes' decision to woo a woman while in disguise, then just disappear from her life after getting engaged?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Shadow of the Vulture

Shadow of the Vulture, by Robert E Howard

This is a novella, so it's a little longer than some of our other offerings.

1) Do you think Gottfried and Sonya remain together as partners after the siege of Vienna ends? If so, will they be "Brothers in arms" or something more?

2) Can any male read this story and NOT fall in love with Red Sonya? How cool is she?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Cask of Amontillado

The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allen Poe

1) We are never told what Fortunato did or said to offend the narrator. Do you believe Fortunato really did insult him or was it largely in the narrator's imagination?

2) Is it possible, based on the last few sentences, that the narrator didn't intend to kill Fortunato, but only scare him? That he walled up Fortunato only after the man had died of fright?

The Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell

1) Is General Zaroff a believable villain? Do you accept his motivation for doing what he does as reasonable within the context of his incredible pride and lack of humanity?

2) Do you regret not getting to "see" the final battle between Rainsford and Zaroff--or is the way its set up a much more effective finale?

The Ransom of Red Chief

The Ransom of Red Chief, by O Henry

1) Whom do you consider the protagonist(s) of this story: Sam & Bill or the boy? Whom do you root for?

2) Do you think Sam and Bill are capable of having a successful career as criminals?

Pickman's Model

Pickman's Model, by H.P. Lovecraft

1) Does the story build suspense effectively? Does the "telling a story to a friend" structure help or hinder this?

2) Is the ending an effective twist or is it too predictable?

The Red-Headed League

The Red-Headed League, by Arthur Conan Doyle

1) Are Holmes' deductions as sound as Watson says, or is it possible to punch holes in the plot?

2) A TV adaptation of this story added Professor Moriarty to the plot, revealing that the villains here were a part of his organization. Does this idea add to the enjoyment of the story, or is it an unnecessary addition?

Worms of the Earth

Worms of the Earth, by Robert E Howard.

Question 1: Would you define Bran Mak Morn's quest as being motivated by vengeance or by justice?

Question 2: Was Bran justified in seeking aid from a Chaotic Evil magical source, regardless of his end intentions?