Reviews by Charles

The Story of Cole Younger, by Himself

by Cole Younger

Cole Younger's autobiography is far from brilliant. Sketchy at best, downright evasive at worst, it presents in the broadest strokes possible a career of violence and theft that netted him a 25-year stretch in the penitentiary. He admits to only one crime - the attempt on the bank at Northfield, Minn. -- and blames much of his reputation on the wild speculation of others.

The best part of the entire book is a chapter near the end called "What My Life Has Taught Me," in which Younger makes some very good observations. Otherwise, this autobiography is deeply disappointing in both detail and substance.

And Quantrell was not a "southern hero," as opined by a former reviewer. Heroes do not massacre 200 men and boys.

Reviewed on 2012.07.16

The Impossible Voyage Home

by Floyd L. Wallace

The only impossible thing about this short story is getting through it. Jumps around like a bug on a hot skillet, making it incomprehensible.

Reviewed on 2012.06.21

The Peacemaker

by Alfred Coppel

Great action tale of pirate warfare in space. Told with old-fashioned panache and drama, calculated to keep the reader engaged up until the final word. And it does. Highly recommend.

Reviewed on 2012.06.18

The Invader

by Alfred Coppel

Coppel's short story about an alien race's plan to invade Earth is action-based and well written. Keeps you on your toes until the surprise ending. Well done.

Reviewed on 2012.06.18

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