Recent Reviews

We Didn't Do Anything Wrong, Hardly

by Roger Kuykendall

A silly sci-fi story about kids who build an anti-gravity spacecraft and fool with things they shouldn't.
It's a lark, don't expect too much, and you'll be entertained.

Reviewed on 2014.10.22
by Lisa Carr

A World Called Crimson

by Darius John Granger

The cover art is great. In an impossible escape from a space ship disaster, a 5 year old girl and a 6 year old boy land on an impossible planet near the galaxy center. 20 years later they're found, and the main story begins.
If you buy all the hooey, the story is good as a sort of fairy tale.

Reviewed on 2014.10.22
by Lisa Carr

A Slave Girl's Story

by Kate Drumgoold

An account that is almost impossible to read. The author was 3 when the Civil War ended and her family emigrated North. I think.
Time is not linear in this book. Her mother and brother die in the first chapter, only to appear again and die again, then appear again. There is no way to tell where she is in her story at any time. It it not stream-of-consciousness, it is simply bad writing. The word "lovely" is worn to death.
The most grating part of the book is that easily half of each page is a testimony to Jesus, usually in the same words, over and over.

Reviewed on 2014.10.21
by Lisa Carr

My Friend The Murderer

by Arthur Conan Doyle

An Australian prison doctor makes friends with a notorious prisoner who was part of a murderous gang, then ratted out his fellow gang members. Surprisingly little happens, there is no mystery. The daily newspaper is more interesting.

Reviewed on 2014.10.21
by Lisa Carr

The Poor Clare

by Elizabeth Gaskell

A beautiful story illustrating that your curse returns to you three times.
In the late 1700s, a lawyer is hired to find the heir to an Irish estate. He meets a variety of pleasant and fearful people, comes up against superstition, religious conflicts, wars and poverty only to keep finding dead ends. He meets an odd girl who is good and kind, but who has a demonic and ghostly twin that haunts her.
The lawyer's backstory, which opens the piece could have been shorter, but the plotting is twisting and absorbing, the characters real and distinct, and the descriptions are sharp.
Recommended to anyone who likes good writing.

Reviewed on 2014.10.20
by Paulo Respighi

Project Hush

by Philip Klass

A funny little story by William Tenn about an army project that is so secret that it sort of gets lost.
Very short. A bit predictable.

Reviewed on 2014.10.20
by Lisa Carr

The Phantom of Bogue Holauba

by Mary Noailles Murfree

A rather mild ghost story, set in pre-Civil War Louisiana. The whites do nothing, the slaves are superstitious, and the terrible secret that stuns and disturbs the cousin and doctor is rather underwhelming.
The writing is okay, but at the end of the story, I was a little teed off that I hadn't been doing something else instead.

Reviewed on 2014.10.19
by Lisa Carr

The Inner Shrine

by Basil King

A romance in the pride and prejudice style, without the humour, and an awful lot of pride and prejudice.
Set in France and America, I enjoyed the first half but the end seemed rather convoluted.

Reviewed on 2014.10.18
by cindy

Scarhaven Keep

by J.S. Fletcher

This is another well-written Fletcher mystery. Fletcher usually develops his plots around some interesting characters and settings, this book is no exception. I enjoyed the unexpected revelation at the end of the book.

Reviewed on 2014.10.17
by bhold

Liquid Calling

by Joseph Devon

A wicked little short story for paranoid people. A real estate agent shows houses, and sometimes kills people. He really enjoys real estate, but actually, it's just a sideline.
The real estate agent is the narrator, and a pretty good character.

Reviewed on 2014.10.17
by Paulo Respighi

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