Reviews by Lisa Carr

Mrs Korner Sins Her Mercies

by Jerome K. Jerome

A light, and lightweight, story. A fairly new wife laments that her husband is so steady and good-natured, and not more manly--like the men she reads about or sees in plays. Quite by accident, he gives her her wish. Similar, but not as funny as Thurber's, The Catbird Seat.

Reviewed on 2015.06.24

A Night Out

by Edward Peple

The purebred Persian cat of a Wall Street shyster meets an alley cat who shows him the streets. A fairly funny account from the cats' point of view. The characters of the cats are well-done. You won't learn any secrets to human existence, but it's entertaining.

Reviewed on 2015.06.23

Black Man's Burden

by Dallas McCord Reynolds

An interesting story, unfortunately very dated. Set in the future--the end of the 20th century--various groups sent by a half-dozen political agencies are working independently trying to break down superstition, tribalism, slavery, and cultural taboos to unite Africa and drag it into the 20th (or at least the 19th) century.
The story is largely sympathetic to Africa, and all of the field workers/main characters are black and speak the local languages. There's even a strong woman character.
The problem with the story is that the cold war is still active, and one of the characters speaks beatnik. The author (naturally) didn't predict militant Islam, and is a little too facile in overthrowing despots.
But all in all, the ideas about motives and genocide make the story worth reading.

Reviewed on 2015.06.17

The Copper-Clad World

by Harl Vincent

Hunchback aliens, a leopard-woman queen with fingers that project flesh-eating buzzsaws, pink mind-control gas, blue-sparkling disintegration rays, a rocket with endless fuel, invisibility cloaks, injectable language skills, a wholesome girl from Io (no, she's not an Iowan), and two, two-fisted (each) Americans able to overcome every danger except the subtle poison of cigarettes, pretty much sums up this space opera.
The plotting is okay. Whenever the author got stuck he just invented a new miracle or evil alien. You keep the characters straight by remembering their names. One is Tom (Farley) and the other is Blaine (Carson.) If you want character development, read some of Balzac's science fiction.

Reviewed on 2015.06.11

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