Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Tweener - Leigh Brackett

Short Story

Number of words : 7000
Percent of complex words : 5.1
Average syllables per word : 1.4
Average words per sentence : 10.4


Fog : 6.2
Flesch : 81.8
Flesch-Kincaid : 4.44


Matt Winslow

Husband and father, brother of Fred.

Lucille Winslow

His wife.

Josh Winslow

His son.

Barbie Winslow

His daughter.

Uncle Fred

Army man who has been on Mars.


Tweener-John Carter

Uncle Fred brings one back to the Winslows: "On a mat of red sand and dry lichens a thing was crouching, a neat furry thing about the size of a big rabbit and not unlike one in outline, except that its ears were cup-shaped, and except that its coat was mottled in the exact rust red and greenish gray of the native sand and lichens."


Uncle Fred brings the Winslows back a Martian creature that is more than an animal. Otherwise defenseless it has mental powers that can badly affect the human mind. The kids think of it as a pet, and are sad when it has escaped, and the adults let them think that a dog actually got it.

3.5 out of 5

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