Friday, November 28, 2014
“We’re actually going to collect someone from a space station inhabited by pacifists.”
“Fierce warrior pacifists?”
“I would advise against it.”
“Will we then deliver this coward into the sun?”
“Is anything good going to happen on this holiday?”
(from Space Captain Smith, by Toby Frost)
8½*/10. The full review is here.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Casper looked at the toys and immediately saw the possibilities. Any show could have a midget. Casper’s Cavalcade of Living Curiosities was going to have a genuine fairy.
This was show business. Nobody came to see the sad or the ordinary. They came to witness the stupendous, the fantastic, that which is beyond belief.
(from The Midget’s House, by Anita Bartholomew)
7½*/10. The full review is here.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Instead of drawing closer, Tilla sat up and started chattering about next door’s cockerel. “He has stopped crowing at night now: Did you notice?”
He agreed without thinking, and reached for her. “I’m well rested. Come here.”
She dodged his hand and stood up, still looking more cheerful than anyone who had been awake half the night had any right to be. Only slowly did it dawn on him that there might be a link between the silence of the cockerel, Tilla’s smile, and the rather stringy meat in last night’s stew.
He was not going to ask.
(from Caveat Emptor by Ruth Downie)
8½*/10. The complete review is here.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
“Did she have a sofa, your aunt?”
“No, just an armchair and a pair of pouffes.”
“Ample seating. Did she live on her own?”
“She does now, the pouffes moved out. They’ve opened a candle shop in Kemptown.”
“The air’s very bracing in Kemptown. Someone told me that it was good for rheumatism. So I went there and caught it.”
“You can’t catch rheumatism, can you?”
“It all depends who’s throwing it,” I said. “Boys will be boys.”
(from Waiting For Godalming by Robert Rankin)
9*/10. The complete review is here.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
“A dog,” Vin said.
“Ah, blunt as ever, I see,” Breeze said. “And, why is it that you now have a dog?”
“I gave it to her,” Elend said. “She wanted one, so I bought it for her.”
“And you chose a wolfhound?” Ham asked, amused.
“You’ve fought with her before, Ham,” Elend said, laughing. “What would you have given her? A poodle?”
(from The Well Of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson)
9*/10. The complete review is here.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Saturday, November 08, 2014
The first one hadn’t actually run, he’d walked. The patrolman on the switchboard it was, and he said, “Sir, the phone’s gone dead.”
“Oh? We’d better call the phone company to fix it pronto,” the lieutenant said. He liked the word “pronto,” it made him feel like Sean Connery. He reached for the phone to call the phone company, but when he held it to his ear there wasn’t any sound.
He became aware of the patrolman looking at him. “Oh,” he said. “Oh, yes.” He put the phone back on its hook.
(from The Hot Rock, by Donald E. Westlake)
8*/10. The full review is here.
Friday, November 07, 2014
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Monday, November 03, 2014
“They only sent one officer?” Roger continued complaining. He threw his hands up in the air. “I can’t believe it! This is an emergency! Where’s the armada? Didn’t you hear me? There’s a dead man out back!”
The officer raised an eyebrow and did a quick study of Roger. “Well, then I guess there’s no real chance of him getting away now, is there?”
(from A Hardboiled Murder, by Michelle Ann Hollstein)
5½*/10. The full review is here.