Recent Reviews

Conquest Over Time

by Michael Shaara

This a lovely short story,
About concepts, and how to use them and be used by them.
Characters are interesting storyline unusual.

Reviewed on 2014.07.21
by cindy

Aerophilia

by Tobias Buckell

An intriguing short story about a cyberneticized space pilot whose electronics go haywire and project a ruthless alter-ego for himself which (who?) skyjacks a dirigible traveling between floating cities on a gas-giant planet.
The problem is that the world and the situation are so absorbing that any resolution to the story will be a letdown. And it is. But the trip was interesting.

Reviewed on 2014.07.20
by Lisa Carr

The Ivory Snuff Box

by Frederic Arnold Kummer

I agree with the previous review. Its story has a realistic plot and the characters are all as real as life.
Its a very good book. I recommend it.
Greg B.

Reviewed on 2014.07.20
by Greg B.

The Skylark of Space

by E. E. ''Doc'' Smith

"Doc" Smith does it again. Pure escapism and improbable science, but don't let that detract from a great read. After you've read "The Skylark of Space" check out the other three stories in this series; "Skylark Three", "Skylark of Valeron" and lastly, "Skylark DuQuesne". Epic space battles, swooning girls and fierce loyalties. Space opera at its best.

Reviewed on 2014.07.18
by St. Jammy

Cloudy Jewel

by Grace Livingston Hill

This is a novel with a strong Christian element. It is very righteous.

Reviewed on 2014.07.18
by cindy

Colonel Chabert

by Honoré de Balzac

A legally dead hero of Napoleon's wars asks a Parisian lawyer to sue his re-married wife to regain his fortune. The lawyer comes to believe the man is who he says he is, and the legal wrangling begins. French law is almost as bizarre as American law (at least M. Chabert didn't have to worry about offending the religious feelings of a corporation). The story becomes less a legal argument than a struggle between extortion, trickery, kindness, and honor.
The story starts slowly with banter among clerks in a law office, and develops slowly, but the characters are excellent, and the ending is quietly sad.

Reviewed on 2014.07.18
by Paulo Respighi

Red Eve

by H. Rider Haggard

A readable yarn of warriors, kings, and Scythians set amid plagues and invasions. There's a Christian mystic element pervading all, even the semi-demonic force that starts the tale (and has barely any necessity to the plot.) All over Europe, our trio of adventurers escape insurmountable odds - from giant armies to a hostile Venezia. (honestly, H. Rider's distaste for Romance culture and Catholicism is palpable in those passages.) The ending is disappointing, however, and the muscle of the trio is an indestructible Munchkin.

Reviewed on 2014.07.17
by E L Kelly II

The Lost Door

by Dorothy Quick

Dorothy Quick (1896–1962) (real name: Dorothy Gertrude Mayer) was known as a close friend of Mark Twain who encouraged her writing career when she was a young girl. They met aboard the S. S. Minnetonka in 1907. He was seventy-two years old, she almost eleven, and they remained close friends until Twain’s death in 1910.

The Lost Door contains every trope you could ever expect to see in a story about a vengeful ghost and aficionados of the genre are not going to be caught by surprise. The narrator inherits a French estate from his estranged father and he brings along his friend, Wrexler, to share in his unexpected windfall. There the narrator learns of a curse and the story is how the curse works itself out in the lives of the narrator and his friend. The ambiguous ending does lend a little bit of a The Lady or the Tiger-type ending, but for its length and Quick’s prose, the story is one worth reading.

Alan Loewen
http://www.amazon.com/Alan-Loewen/e/B009LLMD9K

Reviewed on 2014.07.17
by C. Alan Loewen

The Aggravation of Elmer

by Robert Andrew Arthur

A simple, silly story about a boy inventor. His inventions astonish the owner of an electronics store. But some of them bite back.
The childish mispronunciations of the girl are a pretty weak plot device that gets old quickly. The author did correctly predict global warming and the rise of the oceans, though.

Reviewed on 2014.07.17
by Lisa Carr

Riceyman Steps

by Arnold Bennett

This is an excellent book. The suffocating atmosphere and pointless tragedy stayed with me long after finishing the book.

Reviewed on 2014.07.16
by Aija Sadurskis

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