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It s difficult to categorize these stories I had thought I was going to be reading a series of crime and murder mystery stories, but only three I think of the stories actually deal with such Even then, they aren t whodunnits, as the perpetrator is not necessarily disclosed.What they are is a collection of witty and cleverly concocted conundrums about diverse topics and with enough information given for the dedicated reader to work out the answer before Henry the waiter does so Personally, I It s difficult to categorize these stories I had thought I was going to be reading a series of crime and murder mystery stories, but only three I think of the stories actually deal with such Even then, they aren t whodunnits, as the perpetrator is not necessarily disclosed.What they are is a collection of witty and cleverly concocted conundrums about diverse topics and with enough information given for the dedicated reader to work out the answer before Henry the waiter does so Personally, I m too lazy to make the mental effort, so just enjoyed getting to the revelation The puzzle itself and the logical process of solving it is really the point the answer itself is almost irrelevant.As with many of Asimov s short story collections, there s a little afterword to each tale, giving a bit of background to either the writing of the story or the genesis of the plot It s like Asimov is chatting to you and almost made me feel like a guest at the monthly banquet of the Black Widowers, if only somebody had brought me a brandy as I finished each story [[ DOWNLOAD ]] ↝ Casebook of the Black Widowers ☔ Every month, the Black Widowers convene for sumptuous food, fine wine, and a cosmically baffling mystery Attended by Henry, the all knowing waiter, these gentle rogues ponder such imponderables as the one syllable middle name that represents what every schoolboy knows, yet doesn t a murder by solar eclipse very far out in space a Soviet spy s dying message utilizing a Scrabble set and a newspaper sports page a satanic cult leader s Martian connection a computer criminal s strange equation of Christmas and Halloween an ancient symbol that provides the key to a woman s mysterious disappearanceContentsThe Cross of Lorraine The Family Man The Sports Page Second Best The Missing Item The Next Day IrrelevanceNone So Blind The Backward Look What Time Is ItMiddle Name To the Barest Quell ironia mi ha turbato e allora ho pensato da fare qualcosa Sembra che Lester Del Rey Chi domand Rubin Lester DEl Rey E uno scrittore di fantascienza Un altro di quelli brontol Rubin Mai sentito nominare Be , non proprio Isaac Asimov ammise Peterborough per non affatto male nemmeno lui.ADORO DAvrei voluto essere una persona pi colta e informata, mentre leggevo questo libro perch Asimov tira fuori matematica, contabilit , storia, fantascienza, scienza e chi piQuell ironia mi ha turbato e allora ho pensato da fare qualcosa Sembra che Lester Del Rey Chi domand Rubin Lester DEl Rey E uno scrittore di fantascienza Un altro di quelli brontol Rubin Mai sentito nominare Be , non proprio Isaac Asimov ammise Peterborough per non affatto male nemmeno lui.ADORO DAvrei voluto essere una persona pi colta e informata, mentre leggevo questo libro perch Asimov tira fuori matematica, contabilit , storia, fantascienza, scienza e chi pi ne ha pi ne metta Tante volte ero cos in difetto che mi sono fidata ciecamente di Harry per risolvere gli enigmi DGeniale In this collection of short mysteries, Asimov showed the ability to create clever and complex plots capable of keeping you turning the page if only to find the solution His characters are thin and forgettable, but the stories will keep you compulsively turning the page, and short enough to encourage just oneread. The Black Widowers is a fictional men only dining club created by Isaac Asimov for a series of sixty six mystery stories that he started writing in 1971 Most of the stories were first published in Ellery Queen s Mystery Magazine, though a few first appeared in Fantasy Science Fiction, Isaac Asimov s Science Fiction Magazine, and the various book collections into which the stories were eventually gathered. These 12 stories consist of a club of men, called the Black Widowers, who meet once month for conversation and solving problems Male black widow spiders eat their spouses, so needless to say, the men don t invite their wives Each month, one man is the host, who may invite a guest of his choice In each story, the guest is asked to justify his existence Inevitably, one of the men, or the guest, comes up with a problem, which the men, the guest, and the waiter, Henry, who has also become a me These 12 stories consist of a club of men, called the Black Widowers, who meet once month for conversation and solving problems Male black widow spiders eat their spouses, so needless to say, the men don t invite their wives Each month, one man is the host, who may invite a guest of his choice In each story, the guest is asked to justify his existence Inevitably, one of the men, or the guest, comes up with a problem, which the men, the guest, and the waiter, Henry, who has also become a member of the club, must solve It is often Henry who solves the problem, after listening to the other men discuss the case.The stories are easy to read, make one think a bit, and are moderately interesting I, personally, didn t really enjoy the stories I felt the solutions to the problems were far fetched or didn t make a lot of sense The stories did make me think a bit, so for that they weren t so bad The series continues.If you liked the previous volumes of the Black Widowers mystery short stories, well, this one isof the same Each month, a guest comes to the Black Widowers dinner club with a problem Each month the members try to solve the problem, often with limited success Eventually, Henry, the preternaturally insightful waiter comes up with an ingenious solution.Once again, a lot of the mysteries revolve around word play, foreign languages and ideas or symbols that can hav The series continues.If you liked the previous volumes of the Black Widowers mystery short stories, well, this one isof the same Each month, a guest comes to the Black Widowers dinner club with a problem Each month the members try to solve the problem, often with limited success Eventually, Henry, the preternaturally insightful waiter comes up with an ingenious solution.Once again, a lot of the mysteries revolve around word play, foreign languages and ideas or symbols that can havethan one meaning I was proud of myself for figuring out at least one of the mysteries well ahead of the big reveal.Solid but slight, these short stories offer low key entertainment of an intellectual, but non taxing variety For anyone who is keeping score, I think this volume is slightly better than the previous one I ve read three of these things now They re fine The determined lack of female characters is annoying the characters are basically indistinguishable except in this volume the characters kinda differentiate themselves in one story by having a range of opinions on feminism not a huge range really annoying story frankly anyway, they re diverting, which is kinda the point right now, so i ll keep reading them. This volume contains my favorite Black Widowers story, The Cross of Lorraine. Haven t finished it yet Not very fun so far.