Reviews by Lisa Carr

Mrs. Reid's Terror

by L.T. Meade

A ripping yarn of a rich woman who is being blackmailed putting her affairs in the hands of her doctor.
Actually, a fairly mundane story with a contrived twist ending.

Reviewed on 2015.12.27

The Second-Story Man

by Upton Sinclair

A one-act play, 10 or 15 minutes long. An injured factory worker, turned to crime, breaks into an upper-class house. Coincidentally, the house belongs to his ex-employer's lawyer.
The unfortunate thief ends up spilling his whole story, leading to much hand-wringing.
Drama is not Sinclair's medium; there are way too many orations. To be charitable, it's a dud. One and a half stars.

Reviewed on 2015.12.23

The Cosmic Computer

by H. Beam Piper

With the sudden end of the interstellar war, everyone just went home, leaving some planets, like Poictesme, impoverished weapon and supply dumps. Conn Maxwell comes back from school on Terra with lots of information on secret installations, but without the crucial bit: the location of Merlin.
Merlin was rumored to be a supercomputer that ran the Terran Federation side of the war, but after 40 years no one is sure it ever existed.
Conn wheels and deals, gradually enriching Poictesme, but the real issue is "where is Merlin?"
A rather convoluted story, but for the most part easy to follow. The business end of the manipulations is pretty dry, but the overall search for Merlin and all the dead ends and twists keep it entertaining.

Reviewed on 2015.12.22

The Choice

by Edith Wharton

A tragic story of a stupid, drunk, rich man, his long-suffering wife, and her lover. The writing is excellent, as are the characterizations, but the anguish of the rich is a bit hard to identify with.

Reviewed on 2015.12.02

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