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Preview — Buffalo Dogs by Lawrence M. Schoen
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He's the greatest hypnotist in known space.
And it might cost him his life.
The Arconi take two things seriously — absolute truth and their prize commodity: buffalo dogs.
When one of Conroy's hypnotic suggestions is taken literally, they arrest him in the middle of his stage act.
Now he's facing execution or a bill for a $10 million alien creature.
Can he use hypnosis t...more
Buffalo Dogs by Lawrence M. Schoen has such a cute cover I just had to get it! It is a short story, a prequel of sorts, about a hypnotist on a planet where these Buffalo Dogs are raised and smugglers are executed immediately! The story leads the reader on a fun run of crazy circumstances that ends with knowledge of Conroy and the Buffalo Dogs for the series! Picked up book one!
A hypnotist is on a planet controlled by a telepathic race that does not lie. They are fascinated and confused by hypnotism. These two points lead to a quite funny chance for an interesting caper.
This is the first short story featuring the Amazing Conroy. Conroy is part entertainer and part conman who is always on the lookout for an opportunity. The story is not very long so it reads quickly but it still does a good job of introducing the main character and his personality. It ...more
Maybe I need to process this a bit more. I enjoyed the story - not holey moley jumping off the roof with glee type enjoyed, but it's different and I wasn't able to predict the ending, so points for that. Then it took a turn, not an omg I never saw that coming type of a turn, mostly I just felt disappointed. Not sure I have a right to be disappointed by an author's choice, but I was so prepared to like this character.
Unfortunately, this is where the length becomes an issue. There’s no real opportunity for character development. There may be a major economic impact to the story world as a result of the protagonist’s choices, but as a reader I was left larg ...more
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