Review: Everblossom (2011) Everblossom is an anthology of poetry and very short stories, ranging from the pleasantly touching to the dark and unnerving. It’s hard to review an anthology (for me, anyway). I don’t want to summarise every poem or story or break down what I thought of each. So allow me to give you my(…)
Review: Cops, Crooks and Other Stories in 100 Words: 101 Tales Short stories are challenging. I have written a few in my time but I prefer novels where I have a lot more freedom to tell my stories. This collection of short stories from Mark Bacon comes with an added complication. They have to be(…)
Review: The Crimson Pact: Volume Two Although not every story appealed to me in the first volume of The Crimson Pact, I felt it was a good collection overall with plenty of variety. Volume Two promised more of the same but this time with the added bonus of sequels to some of the stories from(…)
Review: The Crimson Pact Heaven and hell, angels and demons, the battle between good and evil is an enduring theme that will never grow old. The last time I was fighting demons was on the PS3 in Darksiders so the prospect of a compilation of short stories involving battles against demons was certainly appealing. A(…)
Review: The House of Order Short stories are hard to review so it’s very rare that I feel intrigued enough to accept a review copy. The House of Order by John Paul Jaramillo certainly had me interested from its artwork so I decided to take a chance. (Judging a book by its cover? Guilty in(…)
Blurb This unique collection of 16 short stories written by prize-winner Tom Mach includes stories such as “Real Characters,” which is about a writer who gets his wish–that his characters come alive…. “Breakfast, Over Easy” makes you wonder about loyalty in the face of temptation…. “When Kansas Women Were Not Free” takes you to a(…)
Unwelcome bodies is a collection of, well, frankly, utterly unnerving tales. It’s rare for me to review SFF and rare for me to review short stories, so a combination of both is practically unhead of. However, Jennifer Pelland’s collection looked to be full of intriguing ideas and I wanted to try something new.
As an aspiring author I try to write as often as possible but always remember to have a book on the bedside table. I read for many reasons, mostly the sheer joy of the pastime, but I am constantly trying to improve myself as a writer, finding worthwhile lessons in my successful peers, whether they’re(…)