The People of the Mist – H. Rider Haggard

I’ve always wanted to read something from this legend of the pulp era who brought us King Solomon’s Mines and was loved by such diverse authors as the literary Henry James to the cult favorite Lin Carter, yet after two hundred pages of this ridiculous racist rant with flat characters smothering the mundane action-adventure plot of the heroic Englishman questing to restore his honor by braving the savagery of Africa—and getting the girl—I couldn’t take it any longer.