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The Masque of the Red Death: and other Short Stories, by Edgar Allan Poe

pailey_i's review against another edition

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4.0

Reread

I read this in high school but it strikes me differently now, during the coronavirus pandemic. It also makes for a great spooky October read. Poe is a master of the short story.

dinosaurhorrorshow's review against another edition

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3.0

One of my favorite Poe stories. Love the symbolism.

srwells48's review against another edition

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5.0

Really creepy imagery, and quiet relevant to the current state of the world.

I highly highly recommend listening to the audio by Geoff Castellucci on YouTube. His voice is magnificent. https://youtu.be/ACl-WmoymhM

kill_cornflakes's review against another edition

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3.0

There are great descriptions in this short story but the diegesis isn't so whole. The most it has to say is, "You can't escape death," which is a fun theme to discuss but not as much to teach as I would have hoped.

fearandtrembling's review against another edition

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4.0

I'm reading this as a revenge tale about how the ruling class has it coming to them. And as such, it works as comfort reading.

carlota_fb's review against another edition

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dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? N/A
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

5.0

"And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all." I love happy endings

mitunacaptor's review against another edition

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3.0

2.5 stars

alicia's review against another edition

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4.0

reading this mid pandemic was stupid of me

audrey_12's review against another edition

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dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

reader_hood's review against another edition

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challenging dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0