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The Faulty Television Receiver: A Not Really SF Short Story (Alfred and Bertha's Marvellous Twenty-First Century Life Book 2) by [Buhlert, Cora]
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Bertha and Alfred, married for twenty years, enjoy a truly science fictional life in the twenty-first century. But in spite of all the technological marvels surrounding them, a faulty television receiver can still lead to argument and cause them to examine their marriage.

This parodistic piece is a mundane short story of 4100 words, written in the style of science fiction's "golden age" of the 1940s and 1950s.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 201 KB
  • Print Length: 28 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pegasus Pulp Publishing; 1 edition (7 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0116LBWJO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars As you know, Alfred, this story is as good as the previous one 26 December 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the second short story in the "Alfred and Bertha's Marvellous Twenty-First Century Life" series, and I'm glad to report that Cora Buhlert did a great job again. She keeps turning the mundane into the bizarre and producing great humor in the process.

"The Faulty Television Receiver" is as hilarious as its predecessor, but its structure is a little different. In "The Four and a Half Minute Boiled Egg", we had a lot of set up before we could see any dialogue. In this second story, dialogue kicks in much earlier. For me, both storytelling methods worked equally well.

This story focuses a lot on the characters' rather obnoxious habit of saying "As you know" to each other--and complaining about that while they keep doing it. I strongly dislike that "As you know, Bob" bad writing habit that a lot of authors seem to have, so of course I was delighted to see it thoroughly mocked here.

I also loved the constant repetition of the sentence "alcoholic brew made from the saccharified seeds of the of the Hordeum vulgare plant, flavoured with the female seed cones of the Humulus lupinus plant and fermented due to the addition of the eukaryotic microorganism Saccharomyces carlsbergensis". This is just a small (?) sample of the absurd narration style that makes me like these parodies so much.

Now I'm off to read the third story in this series, because I need more ridiculous descriptions and ludicrous dialogues in my marvellous 21st century life.

[Review cross-posted from Amazon BR, where this short story has been originally purchased.]