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The Killing Jar
This stunning, darkly disturbing novel gripped me from the opening page, with its strong voice and its fully-realised world. I was changed by reading ...more
Nov 14, 2009
Nov 15, 2009
The Devil's Music
I read this book straight through, in a few hours, because this is the best way to read, I find, especially when drawn in by beautiful writing and com ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 27, 2011
On Chesil Beach
Another disappointment from McEwan. As an enormous fan of his short stories, and someone who enjoyed Enduring Love and Atonement but hated Amsterdam a ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 16, 2007
The Englishman
The Englishman is subtitled "Can love go the distance" and it is quite the page-turner, I had difficulty stopping myself from devouring it in one go. ...more
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Aug 17, 2012
Not So Perfect: Stories
These short short stories are glorious ammunition to fire at those who link brevity with insubstantiality. Nik Perring's pitch-perfect miniatures deal ...more
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Apr 14, 2011
Esther Stories
To risk alienating those of you who don't watch British TV, Peter Orner's sharp and glowing Esther Stories are Tardis-like: just as Doctor Who's polic ...more
Mar 2010
May 02, 2010
A Clash of Innocents
This novel is set in Cambodia and the country is also a character in the story, so strongly is it felt here. We meet Deborah, an American who runs an ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 12, 2010
American Cool
"Let’s get the cheap thrill out of the way first. This collection contains erotica. As someone who’s written a fair amount of erotica in her time, I c ...more
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Aug 05, 2009
Thirteen Phantasms and other Stories
"13 Phantasms and Other Stories is rich in quiet humor and it invites us in, makes us comfortable. The edges are soft, like the lines between fantasy ...more
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Aug 05, 2009
Women Up On Blocks
I never like to read a whole short story collection in one go, but in this case, during a bout of insomnia, I simply couldn't stop. Each of Mary Akers ...more
Aug 03, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
Collected Stories
When I finished this powerful book, which collects together all the forty-two stories from both of Janice Galloway's published collections, I felt as ...more
Feb 2010
May 02, 2010
Astral Bodies
"Jay Merill has been called ‘a unique voice’, an opinion I would echo. Her work is never other than surprising; she has a surety of touch which enable ...more
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Aug 05, 2009
The Coward's Tale: A Novel
I want to state first that the author is a friend of mine, but I didn't feel compelled to either review the book or to say what I am going to say. I f ...more
Nov 11, 2011
Nov 22, 2011
A Happy Man And Other Stories / Der Gluckliche Und Andere Erzahlungen
"This is a curious collection of nine stories that engage with their dry humor and absurdist play, but also distance with their tendency toward abstra ...more
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Aug 05, 2009
An Elegy for Easterly: Stories
There are those who write fiction in order to educate, to say "This is how things are done, this is what you must know, read and learn". But in my opi ...more
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Jul 10, 2009
Memory Wall
Here's a caution to all short story writers: if the first story in your collection is too good, if it happens to actually be a masterpiece, watch out. ...more
Jul 30, 2011
Aug 03, 2011
Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction
I have only read three stories so far, but they are stunning. For more about this see my blog at The Short Review.
Mar 23, 2008
Dec 16, 2007
I found this book very poignant, remembering the Jubilee in 1977 quite clearly, but also because it's an excellent story, so well told. Harris knows h ...more
Mar 31, 2012
Mar 31, 2012
"Structured sublimely into three parts, 45 Revolutions per Minute, Twelve-inch Singles and Long-Players, with dozens of references to the time-emaciat ...more
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Aug 05, 2009
Getting the Picture
This is a novel that grips you from the first page and doesn't let you put it down. It is a story told in letters, something that when I began reading ...more
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Aug 03, 2010
Apologies Forthcoming
Each story in Xujun Eberlein’s Apologies Forthcoming is set within or haunted by the Chinese Cultural revolution, invoking the specters of Chairman Ma ...more
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Aug 05, 2009
Alternative Medicine
"There is a strong strand of surrealism running through this collection – a woman starts sprouting feathers, fake babies dictate the lives of a couple ...more
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Aug 05, 2009
It's been a long time since I was so utterly gripped by a novel that I eschewed other activites (web browsing etc...) just to finish the book. But thi ...more
Mar 09, 2011
Mar 09, 2011
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
I read this book in one sitting and from a beginning which I thought was leading to one type of story, Bender took me on a journey through the tribula ...more
Feb 10, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
A Different Kind of Love
"Many of the stories in the collection read like scripts for radio, with small nods toward description and setting. Mandal has a good ear for the cade ...more
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Aug 05, 2009
As In Music: Stories
"The placement of As in Music as the final story in the collection was a wise choice, I think. Page leaves us in a landscape a little less bleak, wher ...more
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Aug 05, 2009
A little Javanese
"The stories in this slim volume vary in length from the five-page prose-poem, Madison and Penn, to the almost novella-length title story. All portray ...more
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Aug 05, 2009
29 Ways to Drown
"For this intensely moving story of an immigrant father allowed his moment to shine by his daughter alone, the book would deserve its place in my book ...more
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Aug 05, 2009
The Solitude of Prime Numbers
As a lover of anything to do with maths, I eagerly waited for this book, not entirely sure what to expect. I got far more than I bargained for, a beau ...more
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Nov 15, 2009
Turn of Mind
I read this book straight through in one sitting, not stopping even when the daylight faded. I found it moving, disturbing, beautifully written, a fab ...more
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 22, 2011
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