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As one reviewer points out, this is senseless. I'd go further to say it's unadulterated rubbish. Word-painting and nothing more. Void and avoid.
10/22/2010
Starts well, sags in the middle, and kind of loses its way towards the end. As far as Wells' books go, this is not one of his best, but still worth reading.
10/22/2010
Well written short that I remember reading in an old horror anthology years and years ago. It must be good because it always stuck in my memory. Most people mistakenly think this is the same Winston Churchill who was the powerhouse behind Britain's defeat of the Nazis. In fact, this is Churchill the American novelist. No, not that Great Man, but still a great man, and a great writer.
10/22/2010
Was suprised at this, because having read Hamilton's great novel on here I expected this to be better. Sadly, it seemed rushed, ill-thought out and too pulpish for my liking. You can see what's coming, and the characters are badly drawn. Seems the author just wanted to pass on his message/idea on evolution and that kind of ruined what might have been a better story.
09/27/2010
I enjoyed this for it's tongue-in-cheek humour and the ending made me smile.
09/27/2010
Neat little pulp sci-fi, but weakened by having the horror (as one reviewer points out) done off-stage. Would liked to have seen that part in the story. Let down by poor writing, and the dialogue is stilted in places, but still a good read. Nice little twist that adds a chill at the end.
09/27/2010
I found these stories somewhat repetitive, although they are amusing and strangely compelling. Well, the stories that involve Jeeves and Wooster (of which there are 3 in this collection) are compelling anyway. I wasn't so keen on the other stories that weren't about Jeeves and Wooster. The stories are light, formulaic (after the first story you know basically what's going to happen and what it involves), but highly readable. The narrator (Bertie Wooster) is as daft as a post, and Jeeves's "intelligence", which is simply the common sense of the common man, deliberately contrasts the lame-brained Bertie. Funny in that respect, and entertaining. I couldn’t help hearing Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie talking these scenes in my head as I read the stories though. Highly recommended. Or in the words of Bertie, "a rummy collection, what!"
01/22/2009
Neat twist in this story that surprised me, and I've read plenty of twisted tales over the years so that's no mean feat. A great little early sci-fi yarn without the cheesy pulpism of Sevcik's "Magnitude" ... well, except for a few lines here and there that made me cringe a bit. Otherwise it's well worth the read.
01/07/2009
Not as good as Sevcik's other two stories on this site. A sort of second-rate Star Trek plot and a little too cheesily written for my liking. The outcome was a bit predictable too. Still, worth reading as part of the set.
01/07/2009
This story is probably the best of the three Sevcik stories on this site. With Alien Offer being second, in my humble opinion. Both stories are fairly well written and keep you reading until the end. The premise of this one is pretty basic (man against machine and environment) but Sevcik still writes a fairly compelling little story with it. A quick, enjoyable read.
01/07/2009
Tom Lowe - Mystery-Thriller Inspired by Butterflies
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