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Fool Errant: A Benbow Smith Mystery: 1 (The Benbow Smith Mysteries)

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The brave young Loveday and the vampish Madame de Lara are the two poles of womanhood in these espionage novels. There is very little originality in the composition itself and I could have been with a little extra bite from Billy".

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Readers are first introduced to Filidor Vesh, the underachieving nephew of the Archon [absolute ruler] of old Earth. Naturalists, of the course frown on the clothes and customs of the outlanders, and events take effect to great comedic relief.

I was pleased that before the climax we get a brief explanation of why the territories collapse into monomania. Tell a friend about us, add a link to this page, or visit the webmaster's page for free fun content. When looking for employment be careful not to take up jobs at places you have been warned against and always be suspicious of employer eccentricity and if you don’t believe me you’d best read Patricia Wentworth’s Fool Errant (1929).

crossexaminingcrime: We have the love interest, though thankfully the woman although a bit of twerp is bearable. This coming-of-age style story takes place in a world that blurs the line between sci-fi and fantasy, incorporating both entertaining technology and powerful acts of magic using a novel in-universe explanation for it all. This is written with Jack Vance's discorporated hand and quill to make a sub plane sequel tosome advanced Dying Earth (some of the greatest Vance stories) -type follow up.

Wentworth’s writing style seems more creative and she seems more willing to try new things out in her non-Miss Silver books, which I have enjoyed and she does tell a good story. Fools errant" is indeed in the picaresque tradition of "The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes" and "Tristram Shandy", but the author's greatest debt is to Jack Vance, a Fantasy Grandmaster whose literate works prove a worthy inspiration. Not that I feel the least indebted, upon this score, to my exceedingly weak-minded parents, who, beyond doubt, would have made an arrant genius of me at last, if my guardian angel had not come, in good time, to the rescue.I found them quite odd and other than suggesting an "otherness," which shouldn't have been since I believe this is a "future earth" setting, they didn't seem to have any sort of thought out basis.

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