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The Old Martians

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Author: Roger Phillips Graham (Rog Phillps)
Published: 1952
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,192 / 24 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 89.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,273
Added to site: 2010.05.30
mnybks.net#: 27963
Origin: gutenberg.org

They opened the ruins to tourists at a dollar a head but they reckoned without The OLD MARTIANS.

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beside one of the markers. "This is it," he said softly. I blinked at the marker, then at Herb. It wasn't the one he had singled out in the afternoon. Was he mixed up?

If he wasn't he was a good actor. He took out one of the dinner knives and squatted down and started to probe the soil, loosening it so that it could be scraped out by hand.

I watched him dig. Part of the time I helped him. We found nothing. After a reasonable amount of this Herb stood up with a resigned sigh. "Guess I was wrong," he said.

"Poor Herby," Dotty said.

"Yeah, poor Herby," Herb said with every appearance of tiredness and defeat. "But--that's that. Sorry to have gotten you all excited about nothing, Joe. Guess it was too much to expect anything." He turned to Dotty. "As long as we're out here, let's take a walk by ourselves. Huh?"

That was as obvious a cue as I had ever been handed. Neat. I was confronted with the alternatives of scramming or calling him a liar.

"Guess I might as well go bac

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2012.10.17
Sardo Weems
****.

An interesting take on reincarnation, possession, haunting, and an attack by Martians. It kept me guessing. The writing is good, with some depth of characterization.


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