Reviews by Lisa Carr

The Snowball

by Stanley J. Weyman

A story about plotters trying to assassinate King Henry of France in the 1600s. It appears to be part of a memoir of one of the king's ministers--a middle part, in that it refers to things that the reader already knows about.
It isn't exactly edge-of-the-seat stuff, and, from this piece by itself, it's hard to tell if the reader should want the king assassinated or not. I didn't care one way or the other.
The writing is good, but the story is a bit hard to decipher.

Reviewed on 2015.02.25

The Tale of Mark the Bunny

by Lewis Shiner

A story of community cooperation in times of adversity as acted out by rabbits. It's actually quite well done, suitable for children, with some ironic wordplay sprinkled in to amuse adults.
The bunnies have distinct characters, and the plot has enough twists to keep it interesting.

Reviewed on 2015.02.25

Nine Men in Time

by Noel Miller Loomis

Written in 1953 about 1983, it is a story of a print shop about to close for lack of profits. Enter a brilliant scientist with a time machine and a person duplicator. Absent workers can be replaced with a duplicate of a worker who is present, so output doesn't have to suffer. Mistakes can be corrected by popping back in time to when they were made.
But there are complications. The Union isn't sure how to figure hours, etc.
All in all, a bit silly, and the author really underestimated offset printing--everyone uses Linotype machines. It also seems that women are extinct in 1983.

Reviewed on 2015.02.24

The Power of Darkness

by Edith Nesbit

Two friends bet each other that they can't spend the night alone in a Parisian wax museum of horrors. One decides he might as well do it as soon as possible, and hides himself in the museum that night.
It's better written than Lovecraft's similar story.

Reviewed on 2015.02.23

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