John Hertz’ contribution to Collectingsf.com for July 2011 is a review of Eleanor Cameron’s classic The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet (1954):
We remember Mr. Bass, who keeps saying “precisely” although he confesses he is like a cook who can’t tell anyone else afterward just how he did it. We remember his house on Thallo Street, and his newspaper want ad written, as Northcote Parkinson taught in Parkinson’s Law three years later, to draw only one answer, the right one. We remember Mrs. Pennyfeather the hen, and the oxygen urn that went phee-eep, and the wise men who weren’t very wise….
This book also will be the subject for a discussion group at Renovation.
John Hertz’ contribution to Collectingsf.com this December is a review of R.A. Lafferty’s Past Master (1968):
Science fiction in 1968 was athrob with protest. There is no sign Lafferty marched to that drummer then nor does this book seem to now. In the resonance of Past Master his warnings are neither because of nor despite what other people cry. He speaks in a voice singularly his own.
John Hertz became Collectingsf.com’s featured book reviewer in March 2007. I always announced each new article on Trufen.net, but the site went dormant before I had the opportunity to point out John’s latest, a review of Isaac Asimov’s End of Eternity. Links to all of his reviews are here.