Reviews by Hnery L. Ratliff

A List To Starboard

by F. Hopkinson Smith

(1909) Adventure / Short story
Plot bullets


  • A ship that should not have gone to sea, is sinking.

  • Passengers despair.

  • Cool heads by those in charge, may save the day.


Reviewed on 2013.08.21

The Cruise of the Dry Dock

by T.S. Stribling

Plot bullets


  • This is not a whimsical/humorous narrative of a runaway Dry Dock.

  • The floating Dry Dock is being taken from England to South America.

  • The Dry Dock does get loose from it\'s tug, and end up in the Sargasso Sea .

  • But, this is not a tale of the Sargasso Sea of myth.

  • There is more to fear than heat and hunger.

  • There is a presence among the weed. Not a supernatural one, but a deadly one, even so



I believe War, need sto be added to the genre.

Reviewed on 2013.07.20

Strange Stories

by Grant Allen

* THE REVEREND JOHN CREEDY
o You fall in love with this reverend.
o A good man now.
o There are secrets in his past.
o Can you keep your husband from returning to his roots?

* DR. GREATREX'S ENGAGEMENT
o Have you ever read the symptoms of a condition and become absolutely sure you have that disease?
o What if you are a Doctor and constantly read such descriptions?
o You may be going mad, maybe.
o Could a new scientific break-through save you or kill you?

* MR. CHUNG
o You made a friend of a Chinese government official.
o His fear and yours, is that he may be recalled to China.
o This would have sad consequences for you, and critical ones for him.

* THE CURATE OF CHURNSIDE
o A religious man, with a compassion for all, but an eye on murder.

* AN EPISODE IN HIGH LIFE
o A man, a lovely mother, her pretty daughter and the maid.
o Class problems abide.

* MY NEW YEAR'S EVE AMONG THE MUMMIES
o What if you find a secret entrance to the pyramid.
o What if you stumble upon a living race of Egyptians inside.
o What if they are only alive for a day?
o What if you fall in love?

* THE FOUNDERING OF THE 'FORTUNA'
o The FORTUNA, a ship.
o Revenge for mistrust.
o Thief vs thief, greed vs revenge.

* THE BACKSLIDER
o You are sent from your rather strict church to get an education and take over the church on your return.
o But college has made you wonder.
o You start backsliding.

* THE MYSTERIOUS OCCURRENCE IN PICCADILLY
o You see an apparition, your professor, and he seems out of sorts.
o Your professor, sees a similar occurrence.
o You and your professor are miles apart at the time.
o He believes in the cult, you don't, at the moment.

* CARVALHO
o A young English girl back from the West Indies.
o She falls in love with Mr.
CARVALHO.
o He finds out she has Jamaican blood.
o Love, race and class, what will he do?

* PAUSODYNE
o A chemical discovery.
o You create a powerful antiseptic in the 18th century.
o There is an accident.
o You wake up quite a time later, quite a time later.

* THE EMPRESS OF ANDORRA
o A town that wants to resurrect the governing tenants of the Roman Empire.
o It sounds good to you, as the town clerk.
o Now you need to get the towns people and the rest of the world to go along.
o You have grand plans for yourself.
o After all, what could go wrong?

* THE SENIOR PROCTOR'S WOOING
o An Oxford bachelor Professor.
o An American beauty.
o Who will conquer who?

* THE CHILD OF THE PHALANSTERY
o A PHALANSTERY, much like a commune.
o There is a dilemma centered on the desire for physical sameness.
o A crippled child is born and may be released, if nothing can be done.
o Releasing is a more polite word for the final solution?

* OUR SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATIONS ON A GHOST
o A ghost is indignant as to your belief in his existence.
o So much so, that he will let you and your friend take scientific notes and measurements.
o Can this work out well?

* RAM DAS OF CAWNPORE
o A story told by an old servant.

Reviewed on 2012.05.11

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