Review round-up for “A Struggle Between Rivals Ends Surprisingly”:
In the March 2014 issue of Locus, Rich Horton reviews two issues of F&SF and says “The Museum of Error” is “a very amusing novelette…the real delight is the offhand references to exhibit after exhibit…” while “A Struggle Between Rivals Ends Surprisingly “is “quite amusing…a light, clever, story, with some neat notions about different species’ modes of communication, and a well resolved plot.”
Lois Tilton of Locus Online says “Buckram is clever and inventive, and it’s always a pleasure to see what he’s getting up to.”
Sam Tomaino of SFRevu says “The Museum of Error” is “one of those great fun reads that is an absolute delight!”
Chuck Rothman of Tangent is less delighted by the story, but says it has “a wonderful conceit” that’s “filled with imagination, and is very cleverly constructed”.
Meanwhile, over at the F&SF forum, the story gets some love, although the accompanying story blurb is found wanting.
Eamonn Murphy of SFcrowsnest reviews “The Museum of Error” and says: “longer entertainment from Oliver Buckram, who has contributed hilarious short stories in the past…Buckram’s inventiveness in dreaming up the exhibits for the Museum of Error is almost unbelievable and there’s a good gag in nearly every paragraph…Thoroughly enjoyable…The stories by Cowdrey, Buckram and Chambers more than compensate for the cover price of the magazine…”
Lois Tilton of Locus Online is less enthusiastic, saying “Very silly stuff here. Buckram has been more clever than this, but it still has some amusement value if you like this sort of humor.”
Half a Conversation, Overheard While Inside an Enormous Sentient Slug
Running of the Robots
Un Opera nello Spazio (A Space Opera)