This collection, an impulse buy at an airport bookstall, was one of the last ones I read. It's a bunch of extremely dull little mysteries; the most noteworthy point is that Asimov, apparently as interested in the pro...more
Após uma introdução brilhante no início do livro, Isaac Asimov apresenta-nos o Clube dos Viúvos Negros.
Um grupo de seis homens junta-se, uma vez por mês, num jantar privado, deixando as suas mulheres em casa e concentrando-se em usufruir, ao máximo, da companhia uns dos outros. Entre eles encontra-se um escritor, um professor de matemática, um especialista em criptografia, um artist...more
This short story started life as a bibliographic oddity, and without a go reference. The Union Carbide corporation held a "super-sleuth" contest for their customers. The company published, and distributed to "packagers, formulators, and marketers of soap and/or detergent products, chemical specialty products, and cosmetic chemicals", special editions of three of the canonical collections of Sherlock Holme...more
No, I mean it: really boring. As boring as cold shit, as boring as watching paint dry, as boring as a six-hour lecture by Isaac Asimov entitled ''Why I Am So Great'' followed by a two-hour session in which Dr...more
The Black Windowers are a group of friends from various professions and social circles, who gather once a month in an Italian restaurant for their traditional dinner. The only rule being: no women. Each month (and each short story), one of the members invites a guests, who turns out to have a mystery to solve.
First, I like how diverse the mysteries are. It's not (only)...more
Ad ogni ritrovo, a turno, uno degli appartenenti a tale club ha la possibilità di portare un ospite che dovrà accettare di farsi in...more
These men all come from differe...more
And each month, whoever is acting as host not only chooses the menu, but brings along a guest. And said guest always - without fail - has some mystery,conundrum or problem that the members of the club try to solve.
And, despite their huge collective ability and intelligence, they always end u...more
Each of the short stories in this volume (and its sequels) deals with the Black Widowers' Club, a fictional group of men who meet monthly for dinner with one guest. Invariably, the guest has some puzzle; in variably, the intellectua...more
Lastly, the few stories that made this book but were never in a magazine did not live up to the quality of the other stories.
Les six membres du " club des Veufs noirs " ne sont pas nécessairement veufs ni même célibataires, mais ils se réunissent chaque mois entre eux pour boire, dîner et... résoudre des énigmes, grâce, le plus souvent, au concours de l'inégalable Henry, leur maître d'hôtel.
A travers ces " pièces de conversation " sans équivalent, on retrouve la grand Asimov : astucieusement rationnel, logique avec humour, merveilleusement intelligent.
Présentation de l'éditeur :
Les Veufs Noirs, ce sont six hommes, ni veufs ni forcément célibataires, qui se réunissent pour manger, boire, bavarder... et résoudre les énigmes que vient leur présenter leur invité.
En marge de l'immense oeuvre de science-fiction qui l'a consacré, Isaac Asimov a lorgné du côté d'Hercule Poirot et de ses " petites cellules grises " pour concocter ces soixante bijoux d'astuce et d'humour.
Contains the following stories:
Wie het laatst lacht
Om de waarheid te zeggen
De man die lucifersboekjes verzamelde
De voor-de-hand-liggende factor
De wijzende vinger
Lullaby of Broadway
De curieuze weglating
Uit het oog
Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te...more