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Midnight Webs   By: (1831-1909)

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Midnight Webs by George Manville Fenn is an intriguing and suspenseful novel that captivates the reader from the very beginning. Set in Victorian England, the story follows the life of young Tom Denham, a starry-eyed teenager who dreams of becoming a successful author.

Fenn's writing style is impressive, as he seamlessly weaves together elements of mystery, adventure, and romance. His vivid descriptions transport the reader back in time, painting a detailed picture of the dark alleys, opium dens, and magical streets of London. The author's attention to detail creates a rich and atmospheric setting that greatly enhances the reading experience.

The characters in Midnight Webs are well-developed and relatable. Tom, the protagonist, undergoes a transformation throughout the novel, growing from an innocent boy to a brave young man as he unravels a web of secrets and encounters various dangers. Supporting characters, such as the enigmatic Mr. Templeton and the mysterious Rose Sutton, add depth to the story and keep the reader guessing.

One of the novel's strengths is its ability to seamlessly blend different genres. The elements of mystery and suspense keep the reader on the edge of their seat, while the tender moments of romance add an emotional depth to the narrative. Fenn expertly balances these different elements, resulting in a well-rounded and engaging story.

Furthermore, Midnight Webs explores deeper themes such as loyalty, friendship, and the consequences of one's actions. As the plot unfolds, the reader is forced to question their own moral compass and consider the true nature of humanity. This philosophical aspect adds another layer to the novel, elevating it from a simple adventure tale to a thought-provoking piece of literature.

However, the pacing of the novel might be a drawback for some readers. While Fenn carefully builds suspense throughout the story, there are moments where the plot slows down, causing the reader to lose some momentum. Nevertheless, the author's ability to create tension keeps the reader engaged and eager to uncover the next twist in the tale.

In conclusion, Midnight Webs by George Manville Fenn is a gripping and atmospheric novel that transports the reader to a different time and place. With its well-developed characters, intricate plot, and thought-provoking themes, it is a captivating read for fans of mystery, adventure, and historical fiction. Fenn's writing style and attention to detail make this book a must-read for anyone who enjoys immersive storytelling.

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Midnight Webs By George Manville Fenn Published by Tinsley Brothers, 18 Catherine Street, Strand, London. This edition dated 1872. Midnight Webs, by George Manville Fenn.

MIDNIGHT WEBS, BY GEORGE MANVILLE FENN.

STORY ONE: SMITH'S DITTY.

INTRODUCTION.

FIRST WORDS.

I've waited these many years, expecting some one or another would give a full and true account of it all, but little thinking it would ever come to be my task; for it's not in my way. But seeing how much has been said about other parts and other people's sufferings, while ours never so much as came in for a line of newspaper, I can't think it's fair; and as fairness is what I always did like, I set to, very much against my will; while, on account of my empty sleeve, the paper keeps slipping and sliding about, so that I can only hold it quiet by putting the lead inkstand on one corner, and my tobacco jar on the other. You see, I'm not much at home at this sort of thing; and though, if you put a pipe and a glass of something before me, I could tell you all about it, taking my time like, it seems that won't do. I said: "Why don't you write it down as I tell it, so as other people could read all about it?" But "No," he says; "I could do it in my fashion; but I want it to be in your simple unadorned style; so set to and do it... Continue reading book >>




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