How the Irish Saved The World by Michael McLaughli


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Post April 02, 2007, 09:27:11 PM

How the Irish Saved The World by Michael McLaughli

I must say, to start with, that I loved the title of this story, an obvious riff on the Thomas Cahill book, and the notion that it was the books in the house that put off the invader.

There's a lot of funny bits in this story, but the ending could be punchier. From the time he hears the "banshee" until he's underway seems to drag a bit.

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Post April 04, 2007, 08:18:53 PM

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Love a light hearted SF story, and this one didn’t disappoint me!!! Well written and almost believable.

Loved it, loved it, loved it!  ------Yes, I really like it!!!
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Post April 19, 2007, 04:57:28 PM

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I need to get past my own stereotypes. I really thought it’d be an ethanol laden plot filled mouth garbled brogue. T’aint natural, I’m tellin’ yas!

The concept was sound, although as Rob pointed out, it’s been done before. My initial jokes aside, the writer missed an opportunity to capture the essence of Ireland. Besides the title and use of Irish folklore, you can substitute any other national or regional mythology with the same effect. To me, it seems more of a concept than a fully developed story.
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Post April 24, 2007, 08:48:44 AM

How the Irish Saved The World by Michael McLaughli

entertaining, well written and am glad we now have author pics to go along with bios!

since i've been reading the entire Colonization series by Turtledove recently, it was good to hear of an alien invasion that got called off due to caution on the part of their commanders...however, these guys didn't really catch my fancy. probably the main attraction here was ol moaning Catherine.

hey, it's always nice to poke fun at the Irish, just wish there was more to it here.

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Post April 24, 2007, 03:38:55 PM

Re: How the Irish Saved The World by Michael McLau

I honestly have to say that I liked this story better when it was called The Space Willies by Eric Frank Russell. Or if you read this in the UK, you might have seen it called Next of Kin.

Still, it was a fun little romp into the pitfalls of attacking anyone when you don't really understand the culture. . .hmmmm. . .seems somebody who lives in an untinted domicile might have benefited from this kind of advice.

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Post April 26, 2007, 03:08:52 AM

How the Irish Saved The World by Michael McLaughli

innuendo! untinted domicile? heh nice one.

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