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My Man Jeeves

by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

I found these stories somewhat repetitive, although they are amusing and strangely compelling. Well, the stories that involve Jeeves and Wooster (of which there are 3 in this collection) are compelling anyway. I wasn't so keen on the other stories that weren't about Jeeves and Wooster. The stories are light, formulaic (after the first story you know basically what's going to happen and what it involves), but highly readable. The narrator (Bertie Wooster) is as daft as a post, and Jeeves's "intelligence", which is simply the common sense of the common man, deliberately contrasts the lame-brained Bertie. Funny in that respect, and entertaining. I couldn’t help hearing Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie talking these scenes in my head as I read the stories though. Highly recommended. Or in the words of Bertie, "a rummy collection, what!"

Reviewed on 2009.01.22

Survival Tactics

by Al Sevcik

This story is probably the best of the three Sevcik stories on this site. With Alien Offer being second, in my humble opinion. Both stories are fairly well written and keep you reading until the end. The premise of this one is pretty basic (man against machine and environment) but Sevcik still writes a fairly compelling little story with it. A quick, enjoyable read.

Reviewed on 2009.01.07

A Matter of Magnitude

by Al Sevcik

Not as good as Sevcik's other two stories on this site. A sort of second-rate Star Trek plot and a little too cheesily written for my liking. The outcome was a bit predictable too. Still, worth reading as part of the set.

Reviewed on 2009.01.07

Alien Offer

by Al Sevcik

Neat twist in this story that surprised me, and I've read plenty of twisted tales over the years so that's no mean feat. A great little early sci-fi yarn without the cheesy pulpism of Sevcik's "Magnitude" ... well, except for a few lines here and there that made me cringe a bit. Otherwise it's well worth the read.

Reviewed on 2009.01.07

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