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The Crossroads (Large Print 16pt) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
tomjohnson1940 More than 1 year ago
“Fantasy And Beyond.” This volume actually contains three stories by the author: The title story, THE CROSSROADS, originally published in the February 1941 issue of UNKNOWN. Plus, BORROWED GLORY and THE DEVIL’S RESCUE. THE CROSSROADS is a fun story about a farmer taking his fruit and vegetables to town to trade. However, he comes to a strange crossroad with roads leading in different direction. Not knowing which to take, he decides to rest at the crossroads. Oddly, travelers come from the different paths and find his goods were bargaining for. BORROWED GLORY. An angel and genie make a bet against humans. The genie doesn’t believe humans will keep their word if given something for a time, and the angel has more hope for humans. The angel offers an elderly lady 48 hours of anything she wishes, knowing that at the end of that period she must give everything back. The genie doesn’t believe the old woman will. The old woman had worked all her life for very little, never having loved, or known the love of a man, and her wishes are to be young and beautiful, and to experience the love she missed. Can she return it if she does find it? THE DEVIL’S RESCUE is about what the title says. Edward Lanson, Mate of the Gloucester Maid is the last survivor on his boat when sailors on the ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman, rescue him. And then who should appear but the Devil to bargain with the ship’s captain, and now another soul, Edward Lanson. Will the Devil end up with all souls, including Edward’s, or can the devil be beaten? These were fun little fantasy stories, each interesting and entertaining in their own right. But of the three, my favorite is BORROWED GLORY, about the elderly woman wishing to experience love. Highly recommended for the entertainment value.
ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
I have read a few of Hubbard’s short stories I have to say that this one was my favorite ...well at least the first two stories are.  It surprised me because I did not think I would find anything of Hubbard I would like but the first two stories are different. The Crossroads A poor farmer leaves his home hoping to sell the food he has grown.  On his travel to the city he comes to a crossroad.  Not knowing where to go he sits for lunch.  As he stays at the crossroad strange and unusual people stop by and barter with him. Borrowed Glory An old woman is offered a deal from a angel.  She will give her youth and everything she wants for 2 days but after those days she will turned back to her present circumstances.   The Devil’s Rescue  A survivor of a boat wreck is found by another ship.  They bring him back to health only to hope to imprison him on the ship. As I said the first two stories are in my opinion better than the last.   They are more like fables where the last one is written differently.  I feel like first two stories you have a little fun reading them.  Devil’s Rescue you kind of have to work your brain harder to understand what is going on.  I would recommend this book for fantasy lovers.