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Claremont Tales (Collection)



Science Fiction


# Date Publisher Binding Cover
1 2001-00-00 Golden Gryphon  

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Collection of unrelated stories.

The opening tale, "Black Mist," about a Japanese space station on a Martian moon, gets bogged down in its Japanese idiom. Similarly, "The Second Drug," a pastiche of the overwritten, exotic stories of a century ago, is a heavyweight exercise in nostalgia. Humor is Lupoff's strong suit, for he can be quite funny, though again he can overindulge. "Lux Was Dead Right" flounders in a welter of "inside" referential puns. In "Documents in the Case of Elizabeth Akeley," an homage to H.P. Lovecraft, the author's weakness for Yiddish humor slows down the story. Even in a more serious effort at using Lovecraft, the kaleidoscopic "Discovery of the Ghooric Zone," which has an unexpectedly poignant scene of the death of HPL's aunt, Lupoff is compelled to drag in the old pop tune "Bei Mir Bist du Schon" for irony. Fortunately, when he is in control, as in "The Tootsie Roll Factor," about a compulsive gambler saved by Lady Luck as an 11-year-old freckled girl, he knows precisely when to stop. And in "At Vega's Tacqueria" he offers an alternate world story to end the genre, with worlds changing every paragraph. "So laugh a little already," Lupoff seems to say.

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