Short Stories


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(Stories by More than One Author)





Short Story Collections


 Aesop: the Complete Fables. Translated and Presented by Olivia and Robert Temple. Reviewed by Pyrokanthos

 Different Strokes, by Phil Andros. Reviewed by Mason Powell

Trouble Is My Business, by Raymond Chandler. Reviewed by Jon DeCles

"Rainbow County and Other Stories" by Jack Fritscher. Reviwed by Mason Powell.


Just An Ordinary Day, by Shirley Jackson. Reviewed by Jon DeCles



Short Story Anthologies


The Book of Kings, edited by Richard Gilliam and Martin H. Greenberg: reviewed by Jon DeCles.






 So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, by Douglas Adams. Reviewed by Jon DeCles


"Hothouse" by Brian Aldiss, Reviewed by Jon DeCles

The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler. Discussed by Jon DeCles


"The Little Sister" by Raymond Chandler, Reviewed by Jon DeCles

"The Lady in the Lake," by Raymond Chandler. Reivewed by Jon DeCles


"Poodle Springs," by Raymond Chandler & Robert B. Parker. Reviewed by Jon DeCles

Bloodlines, by Susan Conant. Reviewed by Jon DeCles

Sketches by Boz, by Charles Dickens. Reviewed by Jon DeCles

 Time and Again, by Jack Finney. Reviewed by Jon DeCles


Slow River, by Nicola Griffith. Reviewed by Mason Powell

"The Cat Who Walks Through Walls" by Robert A. Heinlein. Reviewed by Jon DeCles

"To Sail Beyond the Sunset" by Robert A. Heinlein, Reviewed by Jon DeCles

Life Among the Savages, by Shirley Jackson. Reviewed by Jon DeCles

Magic, the Gathering

This is a series of novel reviews by Bagel. All the books reviewed are based on the game of the same title, even though written by divers authors. It seems to us that unity and intent is better served here by offering the group review rather than by listing the books by author.


Novels By Diana L. Paxson

The Westria Saga, by Diana L. Paxson: reviewed by Bagel.


After Westria: Bagel Reviews Brisingamon and The Paradise Tree, two novels by Diana L. Paxson.

White Mare, Red Stallion, by Diana L. Paxson, reviewed by Bagel

The White Raven, by Diana L. Paxson, reviewed by Bagel

The Serpent's Tooth, by Diana L. Paxson, reviwed by Bagel

Master of Earth and Water, by Diana L. Paxson & Adrienne Martine-Barnes

The Shield Between the Worlds, by Diana L. Paxson & Adrienne Martine-Barnes

Sword of Fire and Shadow, by Diana L. Paxson & Adrienne Martine-Barnes

reviewed together, because it is a trilogy, by Bagel

The Children of Odin Trilogy, by Diana L. Paxson

Book One: The Wolf and the Raven

Book Two: The Dragons of the Rhine

Book Three: Lord of Horses

reviewed together, because it is another trilogy, by Bagel

"The Wolf and the Raven," by Diana L. Paxson. Reviewed by Jon DeCles

"The Dragons of the Rhine," by Diana L. Paxson. Reviewed by Jon DeCles

"The Lord of Horses," by Diana L. Paxson. Reviewed by Jon DeCles


The Hallowed Isle, by Diana L. Paxson

This is an Arthurian tetralogy, and the author actually manages a new take on the story of Arthur, which, frankly, we thought to be impossible.

Book One: The Book of the Sword, Reviewed by Jon DeCles

Book Two: The Book of the Spear, Reviewed by Jon DeCles

 Book Three: The Book of the Cauldron, Reviewed by Jon DeCles

Book Three: The Book of the Stone, Reviewed by Jon DeCles



For the Love of a Green-Eyed Piano Player, by Mason Powell

The first new novel to appear from the pen of Mason Powell in ten years, this Romantic Gay Crime Novel is quite different from the highly charged erotica one expects from this author. Set in San Francisco the year before the Loma Prieta earthquake (the late 1980s), it tells the story of an actor who is trying not to fall in love while rehearsing for three roles in "Hamlet." His effort is complicated as he is pursued by a serial killer and asked to play the part of a non-existent relative for his would-be lover's possibly batty aunt in Los Angeles.

Loaded with wit, charm, and quirky characters, lovers of mysteries may just love this book. Being as Mason is one of our authors and reviewers, there is no review.

To read the opening chapter of this novel, just click on this link It will take you to the publisher, Xlibris, rather than to Amazon. Ordering directly from the publisher will make a little more money for the author. Amazon now has the book, but with no description, as does Barnes and Noble, and Ingram, so you can get it through your local book store: you will still have to order it.

Read Chapter One or Order For the Love of a Green-Eyed Piano Player,


"On Stranger Tides," by Tim Powers. Reviewed by Jon DeCles


"Fire From Heaven," by Mary Renault. Reviewed by Jon DeCles


"The Persian Boy," by Mary Renault. Reviewed by Jon DeCles


That Day at the Quarry, by Tom Shaw. Reviewed by Mason Powell


Mark Twain

Despite the ham-handed attempts of more than a century of scholars, it remains impossible to catagorize the gigantiic figure of Sam Clemmens. 'Complete' collections of his short stories are likely to have left out your favorite piece because the editor decided it was not really a short story but a sketch, or a travel report, or whatever. Likewise collections of his 'complete' novels. I have one edition of "Roughing It" in which the editor leaves out the last many chapters (the Sandwich Islands chapters) because he, the editor, decided they did not belong there.

Twain has often been called The Great Cynic, but I think even more he should be called The Great Iconoclast; for his writings artfully destroy all forms and defy all categories, bursting the seams of the great mantle he assumes for us and remaining outside of any box.

Because of this near divine diversity, I have decided to put everything concerned with Mark Twain in this little virtual alcove of the Fiction Stacks. After all, should one put "Roughing It," "Innocents Abroad," or "Following the Equater" with books on travel, with fiction, or with autobiography? They are all that, plus humor and literature.

To Hell with all that constriction! And to Hell with people who insist on revealing the 'real name' behind a pseudonym! If the author wanted that name on his books (and on one of them he did) then he would have put it there!

Herewith you will find Mark Twain, in much, but certainly not all, of his diversity and excellence.

Mark Twain in Virginia City Nevada, by Mark Twain. Reviewed by Jon DeCles

Mark Twain in California: The Turbulent California Years of Samuel Clemens, by Nigey Lennon. Reviewed by Jon DeCles

Clemens of the Call: Mark Twain in San Francisco, edited by Edgar M. Branch, reviewed by Jon DeCles

Pudd'nhead Wilson & Those Extraordinary Twins, by Mark Twain. Reviewed by Jon DeCles


"River of Red Gold," by Naida West. Reviewed by Jon DeCles


Torments, by C. S. White, reviewed by Mason Powell, May 24th, 2000




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