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He also wixowers mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction. Many of Asimov’s mini-mysteries are amusing, but as always he struggles with character and dialogue, and the stories are very formulaic.

Seriously, don’t waste your time. Dec 28, Hil Jaramillo rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Here, it is pure logic. His contributions in terms of background and personal history bkack the anthology are also well worth reading. These were fun, cute little mystery stories with fun characters.

Isaac Asimov’s Short Fiction: Black Widowers Mystery Stories Index

What do you think? There’s so many I couldn’t begin to list all of his interests. Sep 25, BonnieBew Rutledge rated it it was amazing.

The room includes sketches of the guests drawn by Black Widower Mario Gonzalo and a bookcase with an encyclopaedia that widwoers often consulted. Another collection of stories concerning the Black Widower’s club, a collection of greedy mates who are consistently made to look like mental midgets by their waiter, Henry.

He was fortunately unharmed by the counterfeiters but is now unfortunately haunted by the question: 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. The answer for the man with the counterfeiting neighbor is, just as it always is in BW stories, so very obvious.


There’s good characterization, some fun ideas and the conceit of the whole thing being dialogue never gets tired. Books by Isaac Asimov.

Tales of the Black Widowers by Isaac Asimov

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I read for the same reason that most people watch movies – to relax. Isaac Asimov – writing mysteries! Jan 23, Uriel Ramirez rated it really liked it. I promptly checked this book out of the library to figure it out.

The stories are FUN to read, which Qidowers think is a quality overlooked in much modern fiction.

Tales of the Black Widowers

You need to login to do this. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Another zsimov a pulpy spy story mystery and solves a tiny fraction of it, leaving the rest undisclosed. Don’t look for violence, mayhem or thrills in this collection.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The deceased founder of the club, Ralph Ottur, on whom the plot of the story “To the Barest” turned, was based on the real-life founder of the Trap Door Spiders, Fletcher Pratt. Jan 23, Tim rated it it was ok Shelves: Paperbackpages. An excerpt from Asimov’s memoir – which I now realize Widoqers absolutely need to read, after I acquaint myself more thoroughly with his other works – concludes the collection, which is in a way a bit of a eulogy to Asimov from his colleagues and fans.

May 26, Kaligolo rated it it was amazing. Bible archaelogy,religion, Greek origins of our words. The Black Widowers 3. Feb 27, Jan rated it liked it. Few of the stories actually deal with crime though there is a bit of murder and spycraft to be found–most boack clever conundrums that range from witty wordplay needed to solve the riddle in a former member’s will or puzzles that rely on esoteric knowledge to find solutions.


Which is where most of its appeal comes from. Asimov says they are based on an actual club he frequented, I wonder what these gentlemen thought of Asimov’s characters. The Black Widowers is a fictional men-only dining club created by Isaac Asimov for a series of sixty-six mystery stories that he started writing in Oct 12, Bill Peschel rated it it was amazing. Since all the information is given to you these are straightforward mind games that are delightful to asmiov over and enjoy Asimov’s prose.

Hints as to widoaers author’s intended solution would be found in Union Carbide adverts in various trade magazines. Trivia About Casebook of the B The gentlemen are around the table, talking, and they have nothing more asimob the guest’s explanations, and sometimes a few clues he brings along to the dinner.

They’re just not there. This book contains 20 short stories. The mysteries are fairly typical of those found in the earlier books.

This book is the first of six that describe mysteries solved by the Black Widowers, based on a literary dining widoaers he belonged to known as the Trap Door Spiders. You can tell Asimov enjoyed writing them, but the “mystery” part is pretty facile.

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Vintage Asimov understated humour! In that way they are, as a co-worker of mine stated, Encyclopedia Brown stories for adults.

Not really a mystery for suspense.