Reviews by Lisa Carr

The Madness of May

by Meredith Nicholson

A somewhat zany story. A banker has just stolen $200,000 in bonds, and on the way home, puts them down to buy a train ticket and a woman walks off with them, leaving her suitcase behind. When he gets home, a man insisting his name is Robin Hood is waiting for him. Trusting himself to Mr. Hood, he embarks on a series of Quixotic adventures that seem like unbelievable coincidences until the ending, when everything is explained, and even worse coincidences occur.
The story is okay as a lark. The characters would be nice to meet in real life.

Reviewed on 2014.09.17

The Eyes Have It

by Gordon Randall Garrett

A murder mystery set in the present time(ish), but on a parallel universe Earth. Richard I of England stayed home from the Crusades, and the rule by aristocrats continues to the present. A lecherous duke is murdered and the royal investigator arrives with an investigative sorcerer to try and solve the crime.
The investigator, the sorcerer, and the priest are all good characters.

Reviewed on 2014.09.16

The Leech

by Phillips Barbee

Well, a spore adrift in space for a gazillion years falls to Earth and starts eating. Anything. Matter, energy, it isn't particular. The military's efforts to destroy it only help it grow. What\'s to be done?
A sort of a magicscience fiction story, in that "science can't explain" how the thing is, but it is, just accept it. The characters could be two-dimensional, if they were developed a little more. The general is convincingly stupid, and, luckily, no women were ever placed in danger, because there seem not to be any on this Earth.

Reviewed on 2014.09.15


by Louis Becke

An old Samoan man sleeping on the beach with an English trader slowly gets drunk and recalls incidents of his life, and of island life before the Christians came. There's no plot, and the old man is the only real character.
It was a curiosity, but I took very little away from it.

Reviewed on 2014.09.14

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