Tom Swift and His Airship by Victor Appleton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I never got to read Tom Swift when I was younger. This was the first of his books that I've read. It's too bad that I didn't get there sooner, really, since I think the young inventor might have been one of my heroes. The writing is simple but charming. On the downside, Appleton's method of writing out almost unintelligible dialect for some characters is distracting and, in some cases, potentially offensive. Race relations were probably intended to be idealized (for the time period in which it was written) but may be offensive to African Americans. A good book, but dated in a lot of ways.
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