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Reviews:
Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
Angels of Interstate 29 by Donald James Parker
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Beyond Another Door by Sonia Levitin
The Boy Who Would Live Forever by Frederik Pohl
Chiggers by Hope Larson
Choosing to Be by Kat Tansey
The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
The Curandero and the Swede: A Tale from the 1001 American Nights by Daniel Abraham
Doctor Who and the War Games by Malcolm Hulke
Dragons, Dragons by Eric Carle
Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Masumoto
Feng Shui in Your Garden by Roni Jay
Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Anne Mirand and Ed Emberley
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Jellaby Volume 1 by Kean Soo
Kosher by Design Lightens Up by Susie Fishbein
The Last Valentine by James Michael Pratt
Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria and Warren Pleece
Jesus Swept by James Protzman
Overexposed: The Price of Fame by Eliot Tiegel
Quickstone by Marc Laidlaw
Rich Brother, Rich Sister by Robert and Emi Kiyosaki
The Secrets of a Fire King by Kim Edwards
Unstrung Zither by Yoon Ha Lee
A Very Hairy Scary Story by Rick Walton
The View from on High by Steven R. Boyett

Ulysses:
Episode 6: Hades: Agent Caitlin 'Kate' Todd
Episode 7: Aeolus: J. Jonah Jameson
Episode 8: The Laestrygonians: Earl's Court to Islington
Episode 9: Scylla and Charybdis: If I Had a Hammer

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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 View from High

FSFThe View from on High: 04/12/09

In 1982 Larry Walters flew from San Pedro to the Long Beach airport and ascended at one point to 16,000 feet in a craft consisting of a lawn chair and 45 balloons. Although "The View from High" (the current online reprint at Fantasy & Science Fiction's web site) doesn't mention Walters's flight, the events in the story are close enough to bring it immediately to mind.

Of course to be science fiction or fantasy "The View from on High" can't just be a retelling of Larry Walters's flight. There has to be something unusual about the flight (beyond the crazy idea of flying a lawn chair). In Eldon Turner's case, he sees angels. When and how he sees them influences the decisions he makes in his flight.

The entire story is a stream of consciousness account from Eldon's point of view. There are a few interruptions from the radio and from other people he passes by but it's all filtered through him. If you've read Ulysses, Eldon's flight isn't much different in format than any of the Bloom's walking around town scenes.

There really isn't much else to say. The story is very short and very enjoyable. The online version doesn't give a page count but it couldn't have been more than a few pages.

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