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The Beetle by Richard Marsh

grayjay's review against another edition

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4.0

This Victoria gothic was a contemporary of Dracula, and it's just as spooky and enjoyable. Perhaps the reason it didn't make as sure a place for itself as Dracula is it's revealing of Victorian fears of the Oriental.

cozmicdotcom's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

ashpeltack's review

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adventurous dark funny mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated

4.0

Problematic colonial context. But for some reason, it still slaps. 

sparks_fitz's review

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Tedious and racist but has some interesting ideas. I liked the first part best but the rest is just boring and drawn out for no good reason. The ending sucks too lmao. don't read this

monal8822's review

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mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix

5.0

foxesteadrinkers's review

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mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

thehannah's review

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

1.5

masida214's review

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

3.5

ipanzica's review

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3.0

This book is very similar to Dracula since it is about a mysterious magical foreign entity that terrorizes some brave British citizens. The narrator of the story changes for each section/book of the book. I did not like this since I was already invested in what was happening to the character in the past section for a full section of the book and switching the book's perspective was jarring when so many things are unresolved.

My favorite part of the book was when the old man/ Beetle was talking about the great Paul Lessingham and how he is "He is straight - straight as the mast of a ship he is tall - his skin is white; he is strong" and how happy Paul's wife must be. Since up till then we had a standard horror ambiance and mood, then all of a sudden the evil villain is talking about his enemy Paul Lessingham like a fangirl describing their favorite celeberty. The beetle was even offended when Holt had no idea who Paul Lessingham was, which prompted this amazing fangirl rant on how Paul is "good to look at". Like how dare you not know who Paul is or where he lives?

ang_elica's review

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

3.25