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When the Ku Klux Rode

by Eyre Damer

An interesting "balanced" account of the Civil War reconstruction in Alabama written by a Southern gentleman. He goes out of his way not to portray blacks as animals, and only mentions Southern womanhood once, but it's hard not to see his bias. A white man kills a black man and is arrested; the witnesses can't be found. A black man is accused of a murder and arrested, and the Klan breaks him out of jail then hangs and shoots him. All as it should be.
The Klan is basically a peaceful organization, practising military drills and chastising dishonest officeholders until they resign and are replaced by the more fitting Southern whites. When this is accomplished in 1870, the Klan disbands.
Some people will find this more believable than others. I'm one of the others.

Reviewed on 2015.09.02
by Lisa Carr

What's He Doing in There?

by Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr.

A turquoise Martian makes first contact with an anthropologist at his home. Everything is cordial until the Martian asks to use the facility.
A one joke story.

Reviewed on 2015.09.02
by Lisa Carr

The Infra-Medians

by Sewell Peaslee Wright

A "scientist" uses hokey technology to go into an alternate reality. He and two friends are chased by bad guys. They come back home. End of story.

Nothing exciting or imaginative here. Save yourself the time and skip this story.

Reviewed on 2015.09.01
by JoJo Biggins

The Inhabited

by Richard Wilson

A mediocre tale of alien "invasion". Kind of simplistic and contrived.

Reviewed on 2015.09.01
by JoJo Biggins

The Kidnapping of Madame Storey

by Hulbert Footner

Crime fiction short stories / novellas in which Madame Rosika Storey and her assistant Bella Brickley tackle some difficult cases. I liked Footner's _The Almost Perfect Murder_ better - livelier characters and more interesting plots.

Reviewed on 2015.09.01
by bhold

Helen Vardon's Confession

by R. Austin Freeman

Freeman is nearly as good a writer as Doyle, and the science and logic in his tales are superior. Regrettably, Dr Thorndyke is a far less intriguing hero than Sherlock Holmes, and the various Dr Watsons tend to be colorless.

Helen Vardon is a fine story, and it's very length makes it more interesting than many of the Holmes adventures. It would benefit, though, by being less wordy and losing as much as ten percent of its length.

[I ignore stars]

Reviewed on 2015.09.01
by Dai Alanye

Pygmalion

by George Bernard Shaw

it is very nice social and inter-personal drama by G.B.Shaw

Reviewed on 2015.08.30
by Navpreet

Flowing Gold

by Rex Beach

Engrossing and well written tale of love and comeuppance set in early days of Dallas during the oil boom. Ambiguous and likeable characters and for a change, some strong female characters, literally.

Reviewed on 2015.08.30
by Keiran Khote

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

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