- Paperback: 108 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1514638487
- ISBN-13: 978-1514638484
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,344,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
H. G. Wells, Secret Agent Paperback – July 2, 2015
About the Author
Alex Shvartsman is a writer, translator and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. Over 80 of his short stories have appeared in Nature, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy's Edge, Daily Science Fiction, and many other magazines and anthologies. He won the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction. He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects annual anthology series of humorous SF/F. His collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories released in February 2015. His website is www.alexshvartsman.com
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The book is full of easter eggs for the real nerds among us but stands on it's own even if you don't catch all the references. There's lots of action, most of it silly, all of it entertaining.
If I'm being honest, the name-dropping didn't do much for me. I thought the Doyle character had some funny Sherlock references, but the book would have been just as good with all-original characters. Thankfully, the name-dropping isn't all that's on offer and doesn't diminish the enjoyability.
If you're looking for a light read that's well-written you could do much worse. The author's prose is of the work-horse variety. There's nothing long-winded in the book, no reaching for great existential revelations. There's just strong, action-driven sentences that get the job done. Peppered in between are some terrific one-liners that are sure to at least draw a chuckle.