The Union Club Mysteries

The Union Club Mysteries The Union Club Mysteries is a collection of mystery short stories by American author Isaac Asimov featuring his fictional mystery solver Griswold It was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in

  • Title: The Union Club Mysteries
  • Author: Isaac Asimov
  • ISBN: 9780449205259
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Union Club Mysteries is a collection of mystery short stories by American author Isaac Asimov featuring his fictional mystery solver Griswold It was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in 1983 and in paperback by the Fawcett Crest imprint of Ballantine Books in 1985.The book collects thirty stories by Asimov, most reprinted from magazines and a few previously unThe Union Club Mysteries is a collection of mystery short stories by American author Isaac Asimov featuring his fictional mystery solver Griswold It was first published in hardcover by Doubleday in 1983 and in paperback by the Fawcett Crest imprint of Ballantine Books in 1985.The book collects thirty stories by Asimov, most reprinted from magazines and a few previously unpublished, together with a foreword and afterword by the author Each story is set at a club known as the Union Club, in which a conversation between three members prompts a fourth member, Griswold, to tell about a mystery he has solved These are often tall stories, and often based on his time in US intelligence The format is based on that utilized by P G Wodehouse in recounting his golf stories.

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    1. And so another classic Asimov is read - this time a series of mysteries. These are the classic tales retold format where one of the characters recounts a tale, a suitable mystery that the other characters comment and question on. Then the story stops and the question is posed in such a way that not only do the rest of the characters get to comment but the reader (in this case me) gets to rack my brain to try and figure it all out.Doing a little research it turns out that these stories were origi [...]

    2. This anthology collected the first 30 stories from a monthly series of mystery shorts Asimov wrote for Eric Potter at Gallery magazine. The frame story for the series is a group of four men who sit together at their club. One of their number claims to have a background in intelligence, and has a habit of telling stories about problems he has solved for the police and intelligence services. The problems are typically in the form of lateral thinking puzzles, and Griswold invariably finishes by com [...]

    3. This collection of 30 mysteries is a fun read, but the mysteries are so short that Asimov is forced to make the solutions obvious or impossibly obscure. For a true Asimov mystery fan only.

    4. This is a light-hearted, comical and entertaining read by one of my favorite all-time authors, Asimov. In the foreword, he warns that some of us readers will"get it" right away (referring to the literature clue he gives in each mystery), some of us will get a few, and some of us will get none of them at all, and be rapping ourselves on the head for the obvious-ness of it, once the explanation was given. I suppose I fall between the second and third categories: I had an inkling, on several storie [...]

    5. An enjoyable collection of short mystery stories, whose highly intellectual solutions tend to verge on the absurd. Don't expect to be able to solve them yourself; you are rarely given enough information to do so. I got a number of partial answers, but didn't figure any of them out entirely. Fun reading, though.Favorite quote: "[P]laying with numbers is fun even if you have no talent for it." p 149. How true!(And, because I am in the habit of noting relatively early references to autism in litera [...]

    6. The stories in this collection toe the line between mysteries and logic brain-teasers. Somewhat like a modern version of Sherlock Holmes, each story has a unique scenario, although sometimes the events in one are referenced in another. (They were originally published in installments in magazine.)The answers to are always difficult to guess, and sometimes they can be pretty absurd but still entertaining. Reading through the book can get a little repetitive, as again, these were magazine publicati [...]

    7. I got this book at a giveaway that my college library hosts every year. I saw the name Issac Asimov, saw the cover, thought to myself: hm, this looks like Sherlock Holmes style mysteries except, if Mycroft was the detective and got it. And honestly?Don't bother. Apart from the prologue, in which Asimov is squeaky about writing for a gasp 'female magazine', and a "hilarious" exchange with his editor in which he says that he doesn't "write erotica" (because ofc, that's all we womenfolk read), none [...]

    8. I've just reread the this book (well, its italian translation, see the link below), that I own since 1985, when I was a very young boy. I've always loved almost everything Mr.Asimov wrote, and in these last weeks I decided to reread all the Black Widowers books in a row, and then, when there were no more to open, I turned to the "Gli Enigmi dell'Union Club", and totally enjoyed once more.This time, though, when reading the author's "Afterword", I noticed he said "I'll write 30 more stories". So [...]

    9. elenco dei raccontinessun rifugio può essere sicuroil numero di telefonogli uomini che non parlanoinquadrare nel mirinoirresistibile con le donnelui non c'eraun filo sottileun accordo misteriosonascondi e cercagiftcaldo o freddola tredicesima paginada uno a novecentonovantanovealla prova!la storiella di applebydollari e centesimiamici e alleatiquale dei due?il segno zodiacalecaccia alla volpecome trovare la combinazioneil libro della bibliotecai tre calicicome si scrive?due donnemandare un segn [...]

    10. I struggled to get through each of these short tales about espionage, coding, mathematical series and human behaviour each carefully and with Asimov's skill wrapped into a puzzle with the solutions provided at the end of each vignette. My suggestion is that you take one or two of the tales at a time as they were originally presented in a magazine some years ago. They expose aspects of history of the cold war and shortly after. Each of the stories are self contained. Its a pity there were no long [...]

    11. I had to give up on this one after a handful of stories. They didn't do anything for me and I just couldn't bear reading an entire anthology of them. The "mysteries" themselves are rather boring and just didn't grab me in any way. Griswold tells a tale about a rather bland mystery and then behaves like the solution is obvious - which of course it isn't - whereon the other men beg him to reveal the solution. But here's the thing: I really didn't care. I could have closed the book at any of those [...]

    12. I was actually quite interested by the format of this book - a collection of mysteries that you had to try and solve - until I actually began and realised the 'mysteries' were actually little more than window dressing for games based on word play, random facts and mathematical conundrums. For example, one of the very first mysteries requires a knowledge of 'The Star Spangled Banner' whilst others require knowledge of mathematical sequences. However, you do pick up a couple of interesting facts a [...]

    13. Malísimo.Lo siento por Asimov porque todo lo que había leído de él hasta el momento me había gustado. Este apaño de tío superinteligente, sin embargo, me ha parecido un chorrada suprema.Los relatos están tan amañados para que el personaje se luzca, que dan risa. Además, difícil para el lector solucionar los enigmas si no sabe inglés o no ha vivido en un país de habla inglesa en la época en la que se desarrollan las historias.Esperaba muchísimo más de este autor.

    14. a bunch of short stories that Asimov wrote for Galleries magazine. Reminiscent of Encyclopedia Brown in that you have the whole setup described, the "investigator" announces how simple it was to figure out, you have a physical break in the writeup so that you can take the time to figure it out yourself before going on to the ending where a tiny adjective turns out to have made all the difference. fun in a very light way.

    15. Asimov provides thirty short stories, with three skeptics listening to the tales of their fellow club member Griswold, who has an uncanny knack for solving problems. Griswold provides his friends--and Asimov provides the reader--with opportunity to figure out the puzzles, but needless to say most of the time Griswold's knowledge and logical skills triumph.

    16. I'm on vacation, and cleverly lightened my load by only bringing ebooks. However, I managed to lose my charger on day one, so was forced to scrounge the shelves of 30 year old light fiction at the family cabin. I found this collection of very short mysteries by Asimov. Not amazing literature, but it kept me interested through a rainy afternoon.

    17. I'd rate it 9/10 . The mysteries are a bit crude, and some are downright silly, but the stories are compulsive reading.I reread the book in January 2007. I hadn't planned on rereading the whole book (just one particular story), but once I started, it was hard to stop ;-)

    18. The Good Doctor presents a series of mysteries which are presented during discussion among a group of cronies at The Union Club, and are always resolved by Griswold, a club member who is always asleep when each story begins.

    19. Isaac Asimov es el mejor escritor de ciencia ficción de todos los tiempos. Pero los libros de "misterio" sin robots no son su fuerte. La mayoría se resolvían con juegos de palabras, y algunos otros eran muy obvios. Se me hizo largo.

    20. Il libro è composto di vari racconti gialli e di spionaggio dove la risoluzione del problema dovrebbe essere indovinata dal lettore.

    21. A collection of super short mysteries (5-7 pages each) that you will rarely solve yourself. Fun to read and light.

    22. Decided to do a re-read, because the stories are so short you can just dip in and out. It's been a while, too, so I don't remember all of them.

    23. Each of these stories is a little different, but they're all very well-written and really intriguing mysteries. The author does a great job at fitting complex mysteries into short stories.

    24. What's not to like about Isaac Asimov? He introduced me to sci-fi and his limited number of mystery stories are just as intriguing.

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