Sunday, September 20, 2009

Matilda's Stepchildren - A. Bertram Chandler

Grimes depravity.

Although not by choice. He gets an opportunity to get out of hock when a scandalmongering tabloid wants to buy his story - and have his services available as transport for one of their head muckrackers.

The planet they had for is geared towards tourist entertainment of the adult kind - gambling, brothels, etc. On the surface. Underneath is a lot worse, slavery, an underground colosseum arena, torture and snuff porn - combined.

Some fun planet names throughout Grimes travels' Porlock, New Venus, New Alice - the latter of which has a couple of inhabitants he teams up with in this adventure - Darleen and Shirl. Very entertaining. More echoes of the Underpeople from a previous story - and Drongo Kane.

3.5 out of 5

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