Saturday, January 20, 2018

Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel

Children of the Wind - Adventure novel in which a lost heiress takes over an African tribe.

Children of the Wind - A story of adventure in South Central Africa. An English scientist learns that the "White Queen" of the Wa-Ngwanyas is his own cousin and heiress to a fortune of which she is being kept in ignorance.

A pre-pubescent white girl shipwrecked in Africa becomes the merciless queen of the fictional kingdom of Wo'Ngwanya. She is also the heir to a fortune so upon learning where she is, her exceptionally dim-witted cousin goes in search of her.

Believe it or not her people have given her the name Speciewegiehotiu, which Cobby, her cousin, shortens to 'Hot Spice.' That really tells you all you need to know about the tone and quality of this stupid and sordid excrescence of a novel.

Of course the teenage queen acts like a coquettish brat even as she orders death and destruction; of course Cobby and Macray, the villain who has stolen her inheritance, alternately patronise and lech over her; and of course she has a similarly young, black lesbian lover named Suella, just for the sheer prurience of it.

Matthew Phipps Shiel (1865–1947) was a prolific British writer of West Indian descent.

M. P. Shiel is remembered mostly for supernatural and scientific romances. His work published as serials, novels, and as short stories. The Purple Cloud (1901) remains his most famous and often reprinted novel.

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