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Incredible Adventures

Algernon Blackwood

Book Overview: 

The Regeneration of Lord Ernie is a story about a young man with no passion for life, he was very capable and the heir to a large family fortune but just not interested in life. His father employs a teacher, John Hendricks, to take him on a world tour and try to inspire him. In the final stage of the tour in desperation he takes him to the Jura mountains, where he went as a young man, to visit a pastor he stayed with. During the stay they get involved with pagan worship that involves the transforming power of wind and fire, up in the mountains. Algernon Blackwood manages to evoke the atmosphere and tensions that carry Lord Ernie through transformation to lead a new life. But like a shooting stars he burns bright but

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He was ashamed to turn back. He was committed. The unusual circumstances found the weakness in his character.

For somewhere in the preposterous superstition there lay a big forgotten truth. He could not believe it, and yet he did believe it. The world had forgotten how to live truly close to Nature.

A desultory conversation was carried on, chiefly between the two men, while the boy ate hungrily, and Mme. Leysin watched her husband with anxiety as she served the simple meal.

‘So you are coming with us, and you like to come?’ the Pasteur observed quietly, Hendricks translating.

Lord Ernie replied with a gesture of unmistakable enthusiasm.

‘A wild lot of men and women,’ Leysin went on, keeping his eye hard upon him, ‘with an interesting worship of their own copied from very ancient times. They live on the heights, and mix little with us valley folk. You shall see their ceremonies to-night.’

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Community Reviews

It's been just about long enough to allow myself the pleasure of reading another book by the master of numinous horror, Algernon Blackwood. I picked this book as it is (according to S.T. Joshi) Blackwood's last great collection and also because I hadn't read any of the stories previously.

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I feel like it's my charge that everyone should hear from me at least once that their lives are incomplete until finding Algernon Blackwood in some form. Read him. Do it now, or I judge you.

These tales have great moments, but they also reveal Blackwood at his most prolix. Blackwood's thoroughness in viewing a hitherto unknown phenomenon from several different vantage points reaches its extreme in this book, and only "The Damned" survives what E. F. Bleiler has referred to as "word-c...more

“I want to see mountains again, Gandalf, mountains,” said Bilbo in the Fellowship of the Ring, and one cannot but touch the craving, the dramatic yearning for the high, snow-crested peaks, the pillars of the Sky, and all adventures hiding amidst these ranges and beyond them. Mountains are deeply...more

This collection was first released in book form in 1914, and is comprised of three novellas and two short stories. The literary critic and scholar S.T. Joshi has called this book "perhaps the greatest weird collection of all time," and while I do not pretend to be well read enough to concur in th...more

The Damned gets four stars, but everything else was two. It was mostly just the same themes the Blackwood usually uses to fill in his plots' gaps. Not disappointing, because I am at the point where I am expecting his stories to be dull and repetitive. This met my low expectations.

hmm kinda wanted to give it 4 stars but some of the stories were just way too slow. I don't generally mind slow but parts were just kinda rough. If it were just the first three stories (The Regeneration of Lord Ernie, The Sacrifice, and The Damned), I'd be giving it 5 stars, but "A Descent into E...more

H.P. Lovecraft considered Algernon Blackwood one of the four modern masters of weird fiction. Algernon's writing is usually very descriptive and leaves you full of awe. This collection is not his best work, but it was worth the read. If you aren't used to literature from the early 1900s, you migh...more

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