Monday, March 21, 2016
Hardy Boys #54 Mysterious Caravan and #55 Witchmaster's Key
I am pretty forgiving of the racial stereotypes in the old series books from the early part of the 20th century, since authors didn't know better back then and everyone was racist. I find stereotypes to be much more disturbing when they appear in books written after 1970.
On page 10, William has a "broad white smile," and on page 154, he has a "white-toothed smile." Wouldn't "broad smile" have sufficed?
Joe is chased by the treasure hunters as he tries to get to the police station in Jamaica. Once he gets into a taxi, he goes to the airport with the death mask. I couldn't understand why Joe didn't take the taxi to the police station, since that is where he was going. Instead, he leaves Jamaica with the death mask, and I guess he somehow makes it through customs with the contraband.
I enjoyed this book from the very beginning. It really makes a difference when the number of characters and different possible scenarios are kept to a lower number.
A decent explanation is given at the end for the convergence of the two mysteries. Yes, for once, a Hardy Boys book has two mysteries. They do converge, but at least a reason is given.
I greatly enjoyed most of the book, and it flows a lot better than the previous book. I still feel that the story has a few too many characters and is a little confusing. The book lost me some in the last few chapters, but other than that, I found the book to be very good.
I like how the dentist's name is Vincent Burelli. This book was written by Vincent Buranelli.
On page 55, it is mentioned what a "strange coincidence" it is for two men to have the same name. No, not really. Those of us with common names are rather used to that.
Is it bad that I kept reading Griffinmoor as Gryffindor?
On page 137, the boys buy some toothbrushes and some clothes. I guess they don't need to shave anymore like they did in The Arctic Patrol Mystery.
This is an excellent book. None of it drags, and the ending was written well. I enjoyed all of it. This book is outstanding like The Mystery of the Spiral Bridge and The Clue of the Screeching Owl.