Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mini Review: Red Chapel

Red Chapel
by Mike Resnick

While visiting England in the fall of 1888, a young Theodore Roosevelt assists Scotland Yard in the effort to capture Jack the Ripper. As the streets of Whitechapel become bloodier with each murder, Teddy's American brand of investigative consultancy shines light into the darkness of the world's most famous unsolved mystery.

Red Chapel is short story that was originally published in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. I downloaded it in ebook form from Fictionwise. At $1.29 it was appropriately priced. I enjoyed the story, of course as I mentioned before I love any alternate history with TR. TR meets Jack the Ripper-- a must read. The story was pretty simple-- no surprises, you could say even a bit on the predictable side. That being said, the plot worked and there were no holes in it-- something that is more difficult to pull-off in alternate history books than perhaps any other genre. It was well-written and TR was excellently represented. I would recommend this story to anyone interested in TR or AH.

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