Tag: Short Story

Jamey Jones and the Sons of Noah

Jamey Jones and the Sons of Noah

This 72 pager by Jeremy Stevens is aimed at middle school ages up through adult. I think it is probably most interesting to the lower part of that range. At least at first. The story is told from the point of view of a 7th grader. Once adults became important to the plot, then it started to grab me. The “mystery” ended up being compelling and there were enough loose ends to expect follow up stories. Which is good because I would like to see where the various plot lines end up.

The first chapter is something of an introduction that adds more mystery to the story, but is not obviously part of the plot. At least not yet.

While the story has to fall under the genre of sci-fi, there are no monsters or technology that seems like magic. It has more in common with a western.

Definitely good for younger readers that like a little sci-fi, but not too much!

The Crown Jewel Mystery

The Crown Jewel Mystery

This is a 100 page Sherlock Holmes story that focuses on Lucy James. It appears there are a number of books with these two. In this one, they do not know each other. But, we know they will eventually meet. This may even be a prequel. The mystery was decent, but the adventure was very slow. This one did not really stand out from all the other Sherlock stories where he all of a sudden has a young apprentice. However, the attention to detail makes me think that there is potential for this series.

As always, this is a short review for a short book. For more, check out Amazon.

I rate my books as either YES (I will read again) or NO (I will not read again). This gets a rating of NO.

 

Muse of Fire

Muse of Fire

I was unfamiliar with John Scalzi, but he seems to have quite a few books out there – including several short read books. I was not overly impressed with this one. He has a decent story telling process, but I did not think this plot really ever got going – 28 pages was just not enough. I do think it was promising enough to try another of his books.

As always, this is a short review for a short book. For more, check out Amazon.

I rate my books as either YES (I will read again) or NO (I will not read again). This gets a rating of NO.

The Book Case

The Book Case

This is a 59 page mystery by Nelson DeMille. The story revolves more around the police Detective investigating the crime than the victim or criminals. Everyone is secondary to the Detective. It is a decent whodunit. It is not obvious how the crime was committed. There is a funny little kicker at the end.

As always, this is a short review for a short book. For more, check out Amazon.

I rate my books as either YES (I will read again) or NO (I will not read again). This gets a rating of NO. However, I do recommend reading the story at least once. I ran through the story rather quickly because it was an entertaining read.