The Phantom of the Opera: The Lost Chapter by Gaston Leroux, Caitlin G. Freeman (translator)

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, novels were first published in serialized formats in newspapers or magazines.  It wasn't uncommon for whole chapters to be rewritten, added, or otherwise removed before the story was finally collected as a complete finished novel.  Think of it as a means for an author to allow readers to beta read … Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera: The Lost Chapter by Gaston Leroux, Caitlin G. Freeman (translator)

A New World of Gods and Monsters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCm2PX5Iz00 With the upcoming release of The Mummy, Universal Studios has been putting forth more information on their shared universe, including this little teaser for their "Dark Universe."  Cheesy name and cheesier music aside, I wanted to really give this some thought before I wrote up my own thoughts on the matter.  And if you've … Continue reading A New World of Gods and Monsters

The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1986

The Phantom of the Opera has surpassed all other musicals to become the most successful, beloved, and celebrated stage show of all time, with it's only competition being perhaps Les Miserables.  That one still dominates in London's West End, but on Broadway, Phantom reigns supreme.  Financially, it's the most successful entertainment event to date and still going strong.  … Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1986

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911

"The Opera Ghost really existed!"  So claimed Gaston Leroux in this famous opening line from his most famous novel. Court report, theater critic, journalist, international correspondent.  These are some of the hats that Gaston Leroux wore before turning to detective fiction in 1907.  He wrote Le Fantôme de l'Opéra as a serialized pulp adventure in 1909-1910, … Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911

Shadows of the Opera, Book One: The Mark of the Revenant by Rick Lai

I have really mixed feelings about this book. I give it 5 stars for actually keeping the original story of the Phantom of the Opera 100% accurate, 4 stars for the story concept, 2 stars for the writing style, and 1 star for the crime against humanity that is the editing. I truly can't believe … Continue reading Shadows of the Opera, Book One: The Mark of the Revenant by Rick Lai

The Canary Trainer: From the Memoirs of John H. Watson by Nicholas Meyer

There are a number of different takes on Sherlock Holmes these days, and few of them try to capture the character and spirit of storytelling as set down by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II, Star Trek VI, Time After Time) not only gives us a story that demonstrates a superior understanding … Continue reading The Canary Trainer: From the Memoirs of John H. Watson by Nicholas Meyer