An assistant apothecary in 1444 Paris is investigating mysterious thunderclaps in a field, when he is plucked from his time and deposited in the miraculous world of 1944. The author, writing in 1930, was a little bit off in some of his predictions, but it's a fairly amusing story.
The writing is fairly good and the main character is convincingly bewildered.
An interesting story of the only survivor of an interstellar attack trying to get information on the enemy's plan to explode the sun back to Earth before the plan can happen. But the crippled ship won't travel fast enough.
A one-man story, well done.
(1897) Occult (Possession) / Romance
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A brief story of one of the last survivors of Earth's final war. She wakes to find her rescuers all around her, many different species. She's angry they didn't intervene in the war, then she finds out why.
I liked it.
The Warden of several worlds finds one of his planets infected with a nasty carnivore, the Harn. So he decides to open a doorway between two worlds that ends up being essentially in sixty year old Alaskan trapper Ed Brown's front yard. Then the Warden waits to see what happens.
An imaginative, absorbing story. The only character, Ed, is very well done.
Crime / suspense - I enjoy this genre and based on earlier reviews I expected to enjoy this book. So why didn't I? Probably because I found portions of the book just too tedious to overcome. I've been busy lately and when I find time to read I want something that grabs my attention quickly - this isn't it. I'll probably give this one a re-read when I have more time.
(1904) Mystery / Detective
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(1894) Sci-fi (Hidden world) / Romance / Adventure (Survival)
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A wry story of an ethical galactic civilization which permits humankind to destroy itself then rescues the remnants to breed as slaves. The plan works better than they could have imagined.
The writing is workmanlike.
Possibly the worst story I've ever read. Had to skip over at least 50% of it to keep from boring myself to death. There is no real point to the story, no real protagonist, and no sense of accomplishment at the end.
Do yourself a big favor and skip this one.