Reviews by Paulo Respighi

It's a Small Solar System

by Allan Howard

A rather slight, one-joke story. The opening paragraphs make no sense until you come to the ending. Then you realize whom the narrator is talking about.

It isn't bad, there's just not much there.

Reviewed on 2014.04.19

The Junkmakers

by Albert Teichner

Every ten years, on the High Holy Day, all the expired equipment in the country is piled up and destroyed to create demand for products and work for citizens. Who would question such a utilitarian plan? And even if you wanted to stop it, how could you? Besides, it would be unpatriotic.

Well, it's got social commentary, I'll give the story that. The characters seem interchangeable, and everything works way too smoothly, but it's an okay story.

Reviewed on 2014.04.19

The Daughter of Erlik Khan

by Robert E. Howard

Francis X. Gordon, "El Borak" the grim American nightmare of the Far East, leads two Englishmen to try to rescue their friend. But the Englishmen are lying and plan treachery.

Great, convoluted plot with action that doesn't let up for a moment. Bloody deaths on every hillside. Revenge. And a woman to be rescued from bestial priests. The only thing missing is a hunchback.

Reviewed on 2014.04.18

Belly Laugh

by Gordon Randall Garrett

Set during the recent U.S./Commie Russia world war, one of our soldiers is telling some buddies of an incident with a Russian secret weapon that happened a little while ago.

Short and lame.

Reviewed on 2014.04.16

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