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Editorial Reviews


"Spooky and steeped in mystery." - Spooky Reads

"Undeniably entertaining." - Shadowlocked

"Everyone go out and do themselves a favor and pick up this book and give it a read and see just what inspired so many of the comic writer, film makers and current authors that you so admire!" - 8 Days A Geek

" and thrilling... with a timeless vibe... a no-brainier addition to your collection." - Strange Amusements

"A gloriously tawdry, breathless, cheesy, addictive series." - Open Letters Monthly

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About the Author

Sax Rohmer was the acclaimed author of the Fu Manchu series of novels. The first, The Mystery of Fu Manchu, was published in 1912 with many more following. Rohmer also wrote more traditional detective stories and supernatural horror. He died in London in 1959. 

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Product Details

  • Series: Fu-Manchu
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; Firsttion edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857686038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857686039
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By RandA on February 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
In regards to the review customer Celeste Stewart left, citing that this book was the same book as "The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu," and thereby basing her one-star negative review on the point that the book was mistitled: yes, it is indeed the same book. Casual research will help people realize that Sax Rohmer's first Fu Manchu novel was titled "The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu" in his native England, but the title was changed to "The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu" when it was released in the United States. Why? Who happened back around 1913, and has continued with some later American editions. But, suffice to say, returning a novel to it's writer's native title hardly seems a fair basis for a negative review.

Personally, I am very much enjoying the Titan editions of the Fu Manchu series. The covers are nicely done, with their matching-yet-a-little-different-each-novel design. And I appreciate that the printed books are the slightly larger size, with easy to read type.

The novel is a classic for its era...however, it is not a particularly challenging book to read. While some people may make the argument regarding any racism inherent in this series, I don't find it any worse than any other "period novel" with similar racism. Unfortunately, that was just a generally acceptable perception of the society in which the books were written, ans should be taken as such.

An introductory page lists all the novels in the Fu Manchu series, stating that they will all be released by Titan Books. I certainly hope they will, as I plan on buying the entire series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Strange on February 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
The following is an excerpt from a full review on the strangeamusements blog:

My knowledge of Sax Rohmer and his iconic villain, Dr. Fu-Manchu, has sadly been very limited until recently when I got my hands on a new edition of the hundred-year-old tales just released by Titan Books-The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu. This first volume is composed of a long series of action-packed mysteries that feature the first stories to contain the fiendish villain and the cat-and-mouse exploits he engages in with the heroes, Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie, two investigators cut from the cloth of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. And now that I've actually taken the time to go on these adventures, I'm left to wonder about why the hell haven't I read these before.

For the most part, the stories are arranged in such a way that the whole experience feels like a novel composed of short episodes. In each grouping of tales, Smith and Petrie are presented with a murder or an attempted murder or kidnapping that is somehow unexplainable to the traditional law enforcement of the time. Together, they follow the clues that always lead to the nefarious Fu-Manchu, a villain who also serves as a symbol of the "yellow peril," or Western fear of Chinese encroachment. All of the victims share a common thread--they are all educated and influential persons with ties to political or scientific advancements involving China. Fu-Manchu, it seems, is slowly trying to eliminate them so that the eastern empire can grow.

The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu is completely packed with action and horror from the first page to the last. At nearly every turn, Smith and Petrie find themselves in another terrifying predicament.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By VicG on October 14, 2012
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Sax Rohmer in his book, "The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu" Book One in the Dr. Fu-Manchu series published by Titan Books introduces us to Sir Denis Nayland Smith, Dr. Petrie and, of course, the evil Dr. Fu-Manchu.

From the Back Cover: "Imagine a person, tall, lean, and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan..."

London, 1913--the era of Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and the Invisible Man. A time of shadows, secret societies, and dens filled with opium addicts. Into this world comes the most fantastic emissary of evil society has ever known... Dr. Fu-Manchu.

Denis Nayland Smith pursues his quarry across continents and through the back alleys of London. As victim after victim disappears at the hands of the Devil Doctor, Smith must unravel his murderous plot before it is too late.

Includes a special feature by Leslie S. Kilnger

Hollywood used to make what they call a Serial, a movie divided into twelve or fifteen chapters where the hero is thrown into a death trap at the end of each chapter and gets out, of course, at the beginning of the next chapter. "The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu" runs just like the old Serials used to, Nayland Smith and his partner, Dr. Petrie are on the hunt for Dr. Fu-Manchu and they come close to catching him however he always places them in some kind of peril and escapes. "The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu" is a thriller, no doubt about it. Smith and Petrie's lives are in great danger from page one and the danger grows with the body count. Just when you think you might know where the story is heading Mr. Rohmer tosses in another turn which you take at high-speed on two wheels. Mr.
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