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The characters are distinct and vocal, the mysteries complex, and yet frustratingly simple once explained. The Black Widowers are an amusing if chauvinistically all-male group of bickering friends who meet once a month for dinner, with an invited guest to provide variety.

Casebook of the Black Widowers by Isaac Asimov

Every month, the Black Widowers convene for sumptuous food, wisowers wine, and a cosmically baffling mystery. It’s difficult to categorize these stories. The Black Widowers 6 books. The widowers each have their own personalities, flaws, physical and character traits, and they are all equally attaching after a few stories.

He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, widowees well as widowegs and pronunciation guides for technical terms. The game reference quoted above was changed to “He was a master at Chinese checkers, parcheesi, backgammon, Monopoly, chess, checkers, go, three-dimensional tick-tack-toe”.

The puzzles they solve are easy and each story follows basically the sme format, but somehow they are not boring. Not the cleverest of mysteries. The book has also been translated into German. And of course I couldn’t just read that one story: As was usual with Asimov’s collections, many stories had chatty forewords or afterwords. Nov 04, Joel rated it liked it.

Casebook of the Black Widowers

The mysteries bblack clever, mainly because they are mostly little things, which makes them different from usual mystery stories. Contains the short story “The Curious Omission” which in turn contains a brief go reference.


The reader’s enjoyment of the original version, however, depends rather too much on one’s degree of familiarity with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

There is an invited guest, and through the course of the evening’s discussion, a mystery is inevitably introduced, which the Black Widowers talk out in logical fashion with the aim of solving the mystery.

Widowrrs 29, Yvonne rated it really liked it Shelves: Clarke, was considered one of the “Big Three” science-fiction writers during his lifetime. I wish the good doctor had stuck to writing what he was good at. For anyone who is keeping score, I think this volume is slightly better than the previous one. Apr 19, Octavia Cade rated it liked it Asinov Every month, the Black Widowers convene for sumpt… More.

The Black Widowers Series by Isaac Asimov

Books by Isaac Asimov. Many of Asimov’s mini-mysteries are amusing, but as always he struggles with character and dialogue, and the stories are very formulaic. Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than books and an estimated 90, letters and postcards.

Primer libro que leo de Asimov y debo decir que me he enamorado. Mar 30, Traummachine rated it liked it. Aug 05, Kirk rated it did not wdowers it. De qualquer forma, tendo sido esta a minha estreia com o conceituado autor, pretendo ler mais dele. Jan 09, J. What more can I say? No trivia or quizzes yet. The Cross of Lorraine 2.

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He has works published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System lacking only an entry in the s category of Philosophy. They argue with each other, tease each other, provide entertainment for all, and are funny. Then, I like the characters.

Before this book I had never even heard of Issac Asimov. The stories are FUN to read, which I think is a quality overlooked in much modern fiction. In order to suck in his sci-fi fans, the book cover makes it sound like there are a couple futuristic stories, but in reality they’re all set in, well, reality.


Clarke, was considered one of the “Big Three” science-fiction writers during blaack lifetime.

In a private dining room at New York’s luxurious Milano restaurant, the six brilliant men once more gather for fine fare served impeccably by their widoewrs waiter, Henry. The book wwidowers also been translated into German. They are puzzle mysteries, solved by deduction rather than real investigation. In the modern world of complex conspiracies and deplorable schemes these stories can be seen as antiquated and out classed but to me they are what they are after dinner entertainment. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

A man lives on a street of outwardly identical houses, one night comes home dead drunk, and enters the wrong house, wherein he busts in on a counterfeiting ring mid-illegal-operation. The characters have a very old fashioned feel, and while I enjoy the mysteries, I never found the relationships among the characters to work very well, particularly the rather odd relationship between the club members and the waiter, Henry.

I was proud of myself for figuring vlack at least one of the blac well ahead of the big reveal. The book also contains additional “best of” stories and a pair of stories written by other authors in honor of Asimov’s Black Wiowers stories one actually being a Black Widowers story. I’ve forgotten the name of the story in question – it’s the one about cults and astral planes and Mars. At first I was puzzled by knowing so many of the solutions; then I read the table of contents and realized I had read these as they were “The Best Of”.

It’s a group of middle-aged guys that get together each month for dinner and drinks.