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The Mystery of the Sea

Bram Stoker

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Mystery of the Sea is a novel with elements of adventure, supernatural and romance. Archie Hunter goes on a holiday to relax but finds he sees unusual things like spirits and ghosts. An old woman claims she sees them too and that they are both seers. She convinces Archie to help her solve the mystery of the sea.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Why did you groan before you went,[70] and come back humming? Who is Gormala, anyhow; and why were you glad that you didn’t see her? Why didn’t you answer me when I asked you who she was? Why did you walk along with your head up and your eyes staring, as though you were seeing visions? And why——”

All at once she stopped, and a swift blush swept over her face and even her neck. “Oh,” she said in a low tone with a note of pathos in her voice, “I beg your pardon! my unruly tongue ran away with me. I have no right to ask so many questions—and from a stranger too!” She stopped as suddenly as she had begun.

“You might have spared me that!” I said “I know I have been rude in delaying to answer your question about Gormala; but the fact is that there are so many odd things in connection with her that I was really considering whether you would think me a fool or a lunatic if I told t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It was way too easy to put this book down for weeks at a time. The story line finally picked in the middle of the book. I'm glad I read it. It's a book to take to doctor appointments. You won't miss anything when you have to put it down. It was written well just slow. Dracula was truly the better...more

i liked the characters and the turn of the century language, but the ending was very disappointing and left me wanting more.

This book slowly plods along without much really happening. It starts off interestingly enough by employing some Gothic elements, but once the main character's love interest appears, the story grinds to a halt. At this point Stoker decided to almost completely abandon the Gothic, paranormal aspec...more

I couldn't put this book down. It's spoiled slightly by the xenophobia of some of its characters, but the plot and the action makes it a great adventure story and I can't understand why it's never been made into a film. It's more of a mystery than a horror novel though it does contain gothic elem...more

THE MYSTERY OF THE SEA (1902) is a combination adventure, romance, mystery, and fantasy. It is an exciting and engaging story, and is a great example of the quality and power of Stoker's writing. While at times gets somewhat bogged down in peripheral details, it is still one of my favorite overlo...more

Has ever a book squandered so much potential? Or am I simply coming at it as a man from a hundred years later?

The promise of this book is an intrigue set to a treasure hunt that involves ghost processions and pirate feuds and hidden passages. The reality is a book that is uneasy about how to crea...more

A a relatively progressive writer for his time on matters of nationalism and equality for women.

This is a very fun story to read, and it was very original. However, the first third of the book dragged for me, and it appeared to be creating a mystery that would build up to a completely different conclusion than the book actually came to. Ultimately the story of the book does not really begin...more

I want to give this 3.5 stars but I don't have the option so I'll round it off to 4 since I enjoyed the adventurous elements, but the love story part is rather boring...
A good classic adventure by Stoker though...more

Couldn't get into it. It seemed to have too many spin-off story lines. Stick with "Jewel of the Seven Stars" for better Stoker fare.

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