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”

Review of “Night of the Lepus” (1972)

Saturday pizza and bad movie night lived up to its name. On the bright side, we’ve been buying enough pizza that we scored a freebie! It tastes better if it’s free, I think. We watched this gem with Svengoolie. Plot:Arizona rancher Cole Hillman’s (Rory Calhoun) land is plagued with rabbits. The rabbit overpopulation resulted fromContinue reading “Review of “Night of the Lepus” (1972)”

Review of “Sinister Universe” by R. Michael

Our mission was simple: explore, seek new life, and assess any threat if we found sentient extraterrestrials. After thirteen months in space, I came to realize that “life” is more difficult to define than previously thought.

Review of “Jancy8146 and the RealHouse” by M. E. Garber

Plot:Our hero met Jancy8146 on the WorkerCubeFarm network, where he realizes that Jancy has it all figured out—the whole WhisperNet thing, the reason the people in the nice houses get ahead while the rest, like our hero, down in the Shanties barely get by. The WhisperNet allows them to connect at all points, not justContinue reading “Review of “Jancy8146 and the RealHouse” by M. E. Garber”

Review of “Night Visions” by Holley Cornetto

Plot: After eleven and a half years, he realizes he hates his wife. He isn’t sleeping well, and his hairline is receding. He wants a convertible. His wife snores and farts in her sleep. To make matters worse, she wants a baby. Maybe he should have an affair with some Brittany Spears look-alike—not as sheContinue reading “Review of “Night Visions” by Holley Cornetto”