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09 June 2002 @ 06:47 pm
"The Lighter Side" by Keith Laumer (edited by Eric Flint)  
This is a collection of short stories (some shorter than others) by Keith Laumer. As the title suggests these are lighter, more comic stories. And this is probably why I wasn't so keen on them (as I'm not a great fan of comic SF). I prefered the shorter stories - for instance the opening story (The Queue) which makes its point with cleverness. However some of the longer stories in this collection seemed to have run away with the author - Time Trap spans 12 chapters, and although it initially has an interesting pretext (people trapped in 24 hour loops of time) it gradually seems to descend into cliche after cliche (i.e. gender stereotypes shown by hero and heroine swapping bodies) and the ending leaves you unsatisfied.