Review of “My Country is a Ghost” by Eugenia Triantafyllou

Plot:At first, Niovi tries to smuggle her mother’s ghost into the new country in a necklace. It doesn’t work. Foreign ghosts are not needed in the new land. “The only things [the ghosts] had to offer were stories and memories,” the reader is told. She has a choice. She can go back to Greece. SheContinue reading “Review of “My Country is a Ghost” by Eugenia Triantafyllou”

Review of “The Sandman” by E. T. A. Hoffmann

This is a classic horror story, first published in 1816 in a collection titled “Nachtstücke” (“Night Pieces”) by E. T. A. Hoffmann, a writer, composer, and caricaturist with a day job as a jurist. It remains one of his most often anthologized works in English—and little wonder. Even if the language is a bit thickContinue reading “Review of “The Sandman” by E. T. A. Hoffmann”

Review of “8-Bit Free Will” by John Wiswell

Plot:The Hollow Knight and HealBlob form a video game duo, one an attacker and the other a healer. Together, they fight players and usually die a quick death before they have a chance to become aware of themselves or each other. The player Trent flips back and forth between the game, IMs with his sort-of-not-reallyContinue reading “Review of “8-Bit Free Will” by John Wiswell”

Review of “Eyespots” by Shannon Fay

Plot:Aurea the alien is taking Entomology 101. To everyone else, she looks like a beautiful human. The guys all move in, but she rebuffs them. She only has time for Clara, a creative writing major. Aurea’s persona as an alien, while cute, begins to wear thin. Thoughts: This is an extremely short piece, with everythingContinue reading “Review of “Eyespots” by Shannon Fay”

Review of “Honeybee and the Blot” by Logan Thrasher Collin

Plot:Honeybee remembers first meeting the Blot when he told her she was the most beautiful insect he’d ever seen. He stroked her antennae with a tendril of darkness. He said they belonged together. A machine built to serve humanity, Honeybee never thought of belonging with anyone. The Blot convinced her she is more than aContinue reading “Review of “Honeybee and the Blot” by Logan Thrasher Collin”

Review of “Battle Ground” by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #17)

Plot: Harry Dresden is Chicago’s only wizard in the phone book. He specializes in finding things. He once ran a detective agency but now has a less-than-voluntary gig with the Mab, the Fairy Queen of Winter. This gives him certain powers and protections, but it also leaves him in Mab’s obligation. The book opens withContinue reading “Review of “Battle Ground” by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #17)”

Review of “Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook: A Novel” by Celia Rees

I recently joined a book club as a means of getting out of the house in the time of plague and exposing myself to books I wouldn’t ordinarily read. The one below is the first example. Plot: Following the end of WWII, Edith Graham decides to use her experience as a school teacher and becomeContinue reading “Review of “Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook: A Novel” by Celia Rees”

Review of “Assisted Suicide” by Brian Wells

Plot: Keith spreads out the paint cloth across the dining room floor. His phone rings. His curiosity overcoming annoyance, he answers. Need help murdering your wife?This has to be a joke. Besides, no one could know what he was planning. “Who is this?” It’s his credit card app. It tells him it wants Keith toContinue reading “Review of “Assisted Suicide” by Brian Wells”

Review of “Oblivious Obsolescence” by Don Nigroni

Plot:There isn’t a plot to this one. The narrator is reacting to a November 1980 article he (?) read, presumably in 2019, about occupations that became obsolete in the twentieth century: switchboard operator, elevator operator, iceman, cigarette girl, and pinsetter. The narrator and generations of his family have followed one now-obsolete occupation—yeah, thanks very much,Continue reading “Review of “Oblivious Obsolescence” by Don Nigroni”