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The Big Book of Adventure Stories    edited by Otto Penzler order for
Big Book of Adventure Stories
by Otto Penzler
Order:  USA  Can
Vintage, 2011 (2011)

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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Here are over forty of the best, hair-raising, spine tingling, heart- stopping stories ever written by some of the most lauded storytellers of all time. Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells, H. Rider Haggard and Alastair MacLean are among the list of notable writers whose works are included in this 872 page volume.

You'll meet for the first time, or perhaps renew your acquaintance with, memorable characters such as Sheena - Queen of the Jungle, the Scarlet Pimpernel, King Kong, Hopalong Cassidy, Bulldog Drummond and The Spider.

Penzler has divided the stories into sections with catchy names like Sword & Sorcery, Go West Young Man, Sand and Sun and Megalomania.

The only downside here is that in order to cram everything in, the stories are laid out in double columns on each page so the print is somewhat smallish. You'll need you reading glasses if you are of a certain age!

This collection would be a wonderful way of introducing a young person to some of the classics of the past. There are some terrific adventure tales here such as The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell and Wheels Within Wheels by H.C. McNeile, that will thrill a new reader.

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