A space opera. A professor (with a nubile daughter) has deciphered a papyrus given to him by two shady characters. He hires a detective's space ship to take him to the star where the papyrus said the ancient Egyptians came from.
Stuff happens. The alien Egyptians have enslaved their planet and practice cruel experiments on their subjects.
(Spoiler Alert!!!) In a surprise twist ending, the detective and the professor's daughter fall in love.
By far the most realistic character is the four-armed Martian with edged metal scales. The writing isn't bad, and the story is pretty good for what it is, but it goes on too long.
Dolly (The Desired Woman) is almost too perfect and is desired by two men. One, Mostyn, who is imperfect and her first love. The second, Saunders, a man almost as perfect as Dolly. A good read about Atlanta after the Civil war.
This is the closest thing to a 5-star story I\'ve found on this site to date. Good, unique premise. Believable main character. Good balance of dialogue, description, and action. As a bonus, it is an incredibly accurate prophecy of where we *are* heading as a society.
The biggest drawback is a few pages where the author goes into pointless philosophy.
Finding his appointment for employment unexpectedly cancelled, a young man accepts a secretarial position with a Duke in a small English seaside village and soon finds himself at the heart of an international conspiracy. A page turner with a nice level of suspicion and suspense throughout.
A tall tale about leprechaun-like people. Itís short and easy read, slightly creative, and attempts to be humorous. For me the story and humor was uninspiring.
Kerouac vs Cthulhu. A beatnik pastiche with lots of lovecraft thrown in. Its really well done, of course the gap between the beatniks and lovecraft isn't as wide as you might think. Anyone who's read Kerouacs 'Dr.Sax' or Ginsbergs poem 'Howl' will see distinct touches of eldritch horror.
Surprisingly for a pastiche this isn't played for laughs, its a proper beat novel with all the humour, sleaze and darkness that one would expect. Because it stars Kerouac as opposed to Sal Paradyse there is a biographical element to it and i wonder how true to Kerouacs personality and opinions this portrayal is.
Some might find it a little vague in places especially towards the end but overall this is a great impression of the beats but with a little better focus and story than Kerouac usually managed.
This book written at the end of WWI, attempted to inspire Victory Gardens so to speak as a profitable business for the poor who lived in the cities. By turning vacant city lots and small acreage in suburbs into profitable vegetable gardens. The book is somewhat outdated, but some of the principles are sound. I found the book interesting.
A wealthy and highly educated youhg heiress forms a relationship with a professional prize fighter, causing quite a turmoil in class-conscious English society. The book has some good moments but sometimes I wondered where the story was going - and how long it was going to take to get there.
At the conclusion (during Cashel's trial), there is a block of several pages of text which is out of sequence.