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Reviews:
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
Animal Attraction by Jamie Ponti
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
Atlantis Gate by Greg Donegan
Best-Loved Art From American Museums by Patricia Failing
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Counterfeit Gentleman by Clarence Budington Kelland
Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment by M. Rickert
Falling Angel by Eugene Mirabelli
Fatal Vows by Joseph Hosey
Finders Seekers by Gayle Greeno
A Foreign Country by Wayne Wightman
Gentle Giant Octopus by Karen Wallace
It's About Your Friend by Phillip Scott
Leave by Robert Reed
The Liar by Stephen Fry
Love and Sand by Howard M. Layton
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Only Known Jump Across Time by Eugene Mirabelli
Pinkalicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
Planetesimal Dawn by Tim Sullivan
Requiem of the Author of Frankenstein by Molly Dwyer
Ring of Hell by Matthew Randazzo V
The Scarecrow's Boy by Michael Swanwick
Strike Anywhere by Dean Young
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee
Walking the Rainbow by Richard René Silvin
The World I Imagine by Debbie Jordan
Za-Za's Baby Brother by Lucy Cousins


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

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



Comments for Leave

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science FictionLeave: 11/29/08

The "Reed-of-the-month club" (p. 56) offering is "Leave." It's a story about a family frantically trying to save their son from alien recruitment for a never ending war.

The story is narrated by the "fond uncle," a friend of the family who doesn't have any children of his own. He and his wife Cheryl have become the uncle and aunt to their friends' children: Amanda and Donnie (or L.D. for short).

"Leave" mostly focuses on L.D. who was a sweet child, a troubled teen and a missing adult. His family suspects that he has been recruited by the Kuipers for their on going war.

The war though isn't the point to Reed's story. It is there to cause a reaction in LD's family. Most of "Leave" is the account of their reaction. Through their attempts to find LD and to just come to terms with his disappearance that we learn both about LD and the people close to him.

Having read now six Robert Reed stories, I appreciate his flexibility as a writer. "Leave" comes somewhere in the middle of my enjoyment. My favorites so far remain "Five Thrillers" and "Character Flu."

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