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Reviews:
Affinity by J.N. Williamson
Ashenden or the British Agent by W. Somerset Maugham
At Play in the Fields of the Lord by Peter Matthessen
Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
To Bathe in Lightning by Anne Gay
The Bird Shaman's Girl by Judith Moffett
Birthday Card, Where Are You? by Harriet Ziefert
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell Bleach 4 by Tite Kubo
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Carnival Prize by David A Adler
Chain Letter by Christopher Pike
Class President by Johanna Hurwitz
The Diamond Shadow by Fred Chappell
Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
Fortunately by Remy Charlip
The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper by Timothy Foote
Honesty: Zach's Tall Tale by Shelagh Canning
Journey to the Orange Islands by Tracey West
Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen
M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
The Mysterious Island (Secrets of Droon 3) by Tony Abbott
Mystery of the Moaning Cave by William Arden
National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
The Recreation Room by Albert E. Cowdrey
Responsibility: Annie Shows Off by Shelagh Canning
Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters
Sock at Work by Shelagh Canning
The Star to Every Wandering Barque by James Stoddard
Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell Thundershock in Pummelo Stadium by Tracey West
Zombies of the Gene Pool by Sharyn McCrumb

Nanowrimo
Thoughts on Writing
Thoughts on Stereotypes
Finished on a Cliffhanger

Miscellaneous
Blogging Rituals
The Butt Ugly 1970s
Car Keys
Change of Plans
Harriet's Crib
The Long Drive Home
Mount Diablo and My Inner Surveyor
Reading Bones
Saturday
Spider-man 3
A Visit

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8


Comments for The Recreation Room

F & SF"The Recreation Room": 11/27/07

The fourth story in October/ November issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction is a short story by Albert E. Cowdrey that draws heavily on his personal experience as an evacuee of hurricane Katrina.

In a way reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier's story "Don't Look Now" this Katrina ghost story begins with a prophesy from a psychic. Jim is warned: "There be dead folks in your attic." Who has died (or will die) in Jim's attic is the lingering question throughout "The Recreation Room" because Madame Lott has never been wrong before.

"The Recreation Room" is mostly a social commentary on the events of Katrina from New Orleans' near destruction, the victims, the chaos during the flooding and the failure of FEMA and the rest of the federal government to react. It isn't until the last couple of pages that the story finally comes into its own as a well written ghost story. This is fantasy in the vein of H. G. Wells and Jonathan Swift.

Stories by Albert E. Cowdrey reviewed here

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