Recent Reviews

The Indulgence of Negu Mah

by Robert Andrew Arthur

A moderately interesting story of treachery and revenge. Sci-fi takes a back seat to relationships, so be forewarned on that count.

Reviewed on 2015.08.27
by JoJo Biggins

Industrial Revolution

by Poul William Anderson

While Poul Anderson has quite a good reputation in the sci-fi world, I found nothing extraordinary in this tale. It's hard to put my finger on the disappointment, but I guess the writing just seems lacking in maturity. The characters are a bit contrived, and tend a little toward the melodramatic. Some of the plot elements are just a little shaky.

Definitely worth reading, but just not an outstanding sci-fi story in my opinion.

Reviewed on 2015.08.27
by JoJo Biggins

The Almost Perfect Murder

by Hulbert Footner

A collection of crime fiction short stories / novellas featuring Mme. Rosika Storey and her resourceful assistant Bella Brickley. Mme. Storey unravels complex cases with thorough investigation and an understanding of human nature - you won't find any miraculous Holmes-like solutions here. Bella's role is primarily as narrator, but shows she has plenty of brains and courage when sent out to do dangerous research on her own. Highly recommended, 5 stars.

Reviewed on 2015.08.27
by bhold

Infinite Intruder

by Alan Nourse

It's hard to do a time travel story that hasn't been done. This one, in a lot of ways, falls into the same vein as so many others. There are, however, enough differences to make this an interesting read - up until the end, that is. The ending is a total disappointment that just leaves you feeling empty, like you've just wasted your time with the rest of the story.

Reviewed on 2015.08.27
by JoJo Biggins

In the Year 2889

by Jules Verne

Pointless. This story chronicles exactly one day in the life of a man who lives approximately 1000 years from now. It is mildly amusing to see how we have already surpassed some of the science predicted. Otherwise, there is no plot, the characters are typically (for this period of writing) over-the-top and unbelievable, and there is nothing to maintain the attention of the reader.

Reviewed on 2015.08.26
by JoJo Biggins

Indirection

by Everett B. Cole

What a letdown. The author creates a compelling story with an interesting what-will-happen-next question hanging in the air, and lots of misdirection as to what's going on in the beginning. The writing is pretty good, and the characters are fairly believable. Then, poof, the only thing we're left with in the end is whether or not a friend believes what the main character represents, and the answer to that is "who cares?".

Reviewed on 2015.08.26
by JoJo Biggins

Cynthia's Chauffeur

by Louis Tracy

Rich boy meets rich girl, and after overcoming many plot twists and difficulties, weds her.

Tracy's a good writer—I only wish he'd had a more pleasing premise than the alliance of millionaires. An amusing tale, though.

Reviewed on 2015.08.24
by Dai Alanye

The Great Portrait Mystery

by R. Austin Freeman

Freeman's arch style is perfect for these ingenious (if too dependent upon coincidence) little mysteries, the outcomes of which all border on the illicit.

Reviewed on 2015.08.24
by Dai Alanye

Thad's Watchers: A Study in Expediency

by George Allan England

Written when a $400 house was something to envy and "worked like a n-" was thought a harmless comment, this is an okay story of two friends keeping watch over an 86 year old farmer, wondering when he would die. All the conversation is in dialect, with clear descriptive paragraphs dropped in every now and then to give a rest from the near-gibberish.
The writing is very good. I'm not sure the ending was worth it.

Reviewed on 2015.08.24
by Lisa Carr

Arena

by Frederic Brown

An excellent two-man story. The Outsiders have invaded our galaxy and are bent on destroying humanity. As the big interstellar showdown approaches, two scout ships, one from each side, scuffle, then the pilots wake up to find themselves naked on a blue world under a scorching blue dome that exists nowhere, and outside time.
They are separated by a force field, but are expected to fight to the death, with the loser's entire race to be annihilated.
An absorbing story, with a truly strange alien.

Reviewed on 2015.08.24
by Lisa Carr

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