Tag: Literature Reviews

The False River by Nick Holdstock

I first discovered the tremendous voice that is Nick Holdstock when I reviewed Unthology 11 (review here) and his story ‘Half‘ – which came kicking and screaming into my world. So, I was delighted to hear that he had a collection coming out from Unthank and was overjoyed when it arrived in the post for

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Lot by Bryan Washington

This book quite literally blew me away, knocked the wind out of my lungs and had me crawling amongst my tattered dreams of wanting to be a writer – because, you see, Bryan Washington is the writer I want to be. Washington delivers a beguiling collection of intimate portraits of the lost and silenced voices

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Melting Point by Baret Magarian

‘Melting Point’ is an odd collection, to say the least. Though here, ‘odd’ isn’t to be taken as a negative, rather, what makes ‘Melting Point’ so strangely enjoyable is its oddities – it’s whispered moments of surrealism and shouted moments of the humorous absurd. Magarian is a lyrical author, who fuses and blends his prose

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Burning the Stubble by Steven John

We both go down on one knee in the perimeter of the field that grills under the August sun. You take an oily rag from your trouser pocket and, in a single jerk, tear it in two. You press both halves of the rag into the inch of tractor diesel I’ve carried from the barn

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Brightfall by Jaime Lee Moyer

Maid Marion lives in Sherwood Forest with her two children and a dragon. Robin left long ago to live in the Monastery. She uses herbs and alchemy to keep her family safe. She has news that there is mystery around a number of deaths, some close to her heart and Tuck has asked her to

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GUEST POST: Write What You Know by David H. Reiss

Once upon a time–when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was still in high school–I had a wonderful English teacher who treated his students as peers and insisted that we all call him by his first name; his enthusiasm for literature and drama was outright contagious. He convinced me to read outside my preferred genres

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Priest of Bones by Peter McLean

Tomas, a priest and leader of his bedraggled army are returning home after a long war. They find an Inn full of beer and dregs of food but it all goes sour and Kant is killed by Tomas. All appear immune to death and leave him dead on the floor.  Jochan, who happens to be

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Dinosaur by Adam Lock

Adam Lock is someone that has been going about his craft in a subtle, under-the-radar kind of way, building an impressive list of publications where his work has feature either in the short story form or flash fiction – both online and in print. We’ve been watching Adam Lock’s development as a writer like proud

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Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy

If you’ve not heard the name Lucie McKnight Hardy, then you better stand up and take notice – because with her latest offering Water Shall Refuse Them, I firmly believe that it announces her to the literary world and with it introduces a writer that will change the literary landscape for years to come! Dead

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Lanny by Max Porter

Well I am a huge fan of Max Porter, his writing to me is always a joy to read as he has such a hold over the written word with his prose being quite poetic, with each word fighting for its right to be included in the storytelling, and the deftly constructed prose he offers

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