Games: Season for Swifties

When Jules Verne was out of fashion and Superman still a far-distant threat, it was Tom Swift who set children's hearts a fire. Tom circled the globe, discovered a hidden Andean city and recovered a lost submarine, but what lingered in his readers' tiny minds even longer than his exploits was the precision with which Author Victor Appleton recorded his exact tone of voice and every mood. Tom Swift never simply "said" anything; he said it "soberly," "thoughtfully," "excitedly" (one classic rejoinder: "'Yes, it is an emergency all right,' returned Tom slowly")....

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