Reviews by Lisa Carr

The Return of the Soul

by Robert Smythe Hichens

A well-done horror story that slowly builds dread to the climax.
A boy's parents force him to stay with his dying grandmother because he is her favorite and they hope to inherit. It takes her months to die, and he grows to hate her. He can't take it out on the old woman, so he turns his malice towards her cat.
Great descriptions and characterizations. I'm not sure Professor Black is necessary to the plot. He's almost a distraction, but that's the way they wrote in the olden days.

Reviewed on 2015.01.28

The Philosopher's Joke

by Jerome K. Jerome

A good story, though a bit long getting started. Three couples all share a strange dream: that when they had been married 20 years and were out of love with their spouses, they were all together one night in a German Inn and a funny little man gave them a drink to share. It made them go back in time 20 years, but remember their future lives. They could change their lives, if they liked.
Unfortunately, I got a bit confused about the six, so I may have missed some of the subtleties of the story, but overall, a good idea for a story.

Reviewed on 2015.01.24

The Observers

by G.L. Vandenburg

A lab assistant at a top-secret military research facility commits suicide and a replacement must be found. Are there ever any open-knowledge military facilities? Anyway, the personnel manager for the base has the job.
He is a slavering, sexist, idiot, easily convinced by a sultry woman to interview her clients. Who are odd.
A trite and mildly disagreeable story.

Reviewed on 2015.01.24

Upon a Tide of Wintry Morn

by Rae Lori

This is less a short story than a connecting incident between two novels. It is of the vampire/elf/shapeshifter genre, but nothing particularly magical happens.
There are some odd usage errors: within is used for in, apart is used for a part, and concave (an adjective) is used instead of the noun curve. The author has an almost Lovecraftian skill for piling on vague adjectives.
Presumably, the novel that preceded it explains the significance of the events of the piece. I didn't see their importance.

Reviewed on 2015.01.21

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