Tag Archives: Short Stories

If I Were Boss: The Early Business Stories of Sinclair Lewis: A Review

Most serious book and literature people have a list of classics that they haven’t, for whatever reason, read yet. Some also have a second list, of titles that they should have read in school, and then later in life picked … Continue reading

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Frenzied Fiction, by Stephen Leacock: A Review

Stephen Leacock, the early 20th century Anglo-Canadian humourist, seems almost forgotten now, a century later… until you start to look around a bit. Admired by the likes of Jack Benny and Groucho Marx, among others, Leacock was incredibly popular in … Continue reading

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So Close to Home, by James Blish: A Review

Some of the first science fiction that I read, in my youth, consisted of the twelve volumes of adaptations of the original series of Star Trek, as written, almost exclusively, by American science fiction writer James Blish. So while I … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Solar Pons, by August Derleth: A Review

A sadly inferior knock-off of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Solar Pons is here presented in twelve tales as a sort of successor to Conan Doyle’s great fictional detective. August Derleth, the Wisconsinite founder of the legendary publisher Arkham House, was … Continue reading

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The Wheels of If, by L. Sprague de Camp: A Review

L. Sprague de Camp was, like many American science fiction writers of the first half of the 20th century, an accomplished and curious polymath. His interests were wide-ranging, and as a result his stories were unpredictable and varied. This collection … Continue reading

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The October Country, by Ray Bradbury: A Review

Just in time for Hallowe’en, the last of my Bradbury reviews for the month. Autumn is a particularly good season for a volume or two of the late author’s short stories, to my mind (although Dandelion Wine is definitely a … Continue reading

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Lord Peter, by Dorothy L. Sayers: A Review

When I finally went back to Lord Peter, I hadn’t read this collection from cover to cover since I was sixteen or seventeen. Then, it was in a copy checked out from the library, and I can still remember that oddly-patterned … Continue reading

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