Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were a reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

Here we are, folks. The reason I found out about and picked up this book, and the reason I’ve been trying to zoom through this anthology before the convention. At ConnectiCon 2009 I had the chance to go through Artist’s Alley and talk to some of the people there. In the video below (second interview) was one of those people, author C.J. Henderson.

If you didn’t watch the video, Henderson’s biggest claim to fame is being officially recognized by the H.P. Lovecraft estate as the official author of Lovecraft’s world. So fans should really be reading his stuff. But what about me, a guy who has zero interest in that kind of stuff? Well, he’s also done sci-fi and adventure stories. So what will he bring to the Ghost Who Walks? Let’s read the next story and find out.

The Diamonds of the Brumoli

by C.J. Henderson

This story begins with the Phantom, the Brumoli tribe, and a lady reporter under siege by a warlord hoping to capture the tribe’s treasure. Fatigue has gripped even the Man Who Cannot Die, but with the reporter’s help he may have a plan to save the day. This isn’t really an action piece, although the descriptions of characters perspectives and motivations would work well in one. It’s not a “fluff” story, but it’s not a heavy analysis. While there are brief looks into both the Phantom’s mindset and the warlord’s what we have is a good short story, a brief adventure and nothing more.

That isn’t a negative comment, but that’s all it wants to be and it works on that level. It’s not trying to get into a character’s head unless the story is enhanced by it. It’s not trying to give a message or make you feel for anyone. It just wants to entertain you for about 10 minutes or so and in that it is successful.

So if I meet Mr. Henderson again this weekend and he asks me what I thought of it my reply will be that it was a good story that I felt didn’t try to do anything other than be a good story and I very much enjoyed it. Which is more than I can say for what I’m reviewing tomorrow to finish this book off. Just looking over it I have problems with it, and I haven’t even read it yet.

Next Time: “The Soul of Solomon” by Harlan Ellison, featuring a team-up with the Green Hornet and Kato!


About ShadowWing Tronix

A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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