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The &NOW Awards 3 ed. Megan Milks

– Reviewed by Bethany W Pope – It is impossible to do justice to The &NOW Awards 3 in a review which spans a bare thousand words. It is impossible to touch on every author represented (there are about fifty), or to give a detailed analysis of every piece which composes this book. In this review I have focused…

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Slow Things ed. by Rachel Piercey & Emma Wright

– Reviewed by Penny Boxall – Even on opening the postal package, I was certain I was going to like Slow Things. The Emma Press’ bitesized anthology is as appealing as any well-pitched children’s book; the cover’s enticing maroon and Quentin Blake-esque sloth illustration suggests another, less complicated world of the sort in which I would like to…

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Laboratorio ed. by Simon Barraclough

– Reviewed by Emma Lee – Simon Barraclough spent a year visiting UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratories in Surrey in 2014. Some of the poems in Laboratorio are Simon’s own, some written during workshops with scientists, some from two guest poets who are also scientists, and the book ends with “Observatoratorio”, a collaborative sequence which can also be heard…

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Watchlist ed. by Bryan Hurt

-Reviewed by Richard T. Watson– Undeniably, we in the West live in an age of information, or readily-accessible and frequently-shared data. As the early twenty-first century progresses, we have increasing instances of leaked secret information, intelligence agencies monitoring our communications, and companies changing the ways they can use customers’ personal information through their privacy T&Cs…

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Thirteen Poems of Revenge introduced by Sophie Hannah

– Reviewed by James O’Leary – Thirteen Poems of Revenge is a small staple bound pamphlet, visually inviting and well crafted. The deep red cover has a striking central image of an ink-drawn rag doll, smiling, spiked with sewing pins. The simplicity of design fits the simplicity of intention: to offer thirteen poems by thirteen writers on the theme…

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The Forgotten and the Fantastical: Modern Fables and Ancient Tales ed. Teika Bellamy

– Reviewed by Bethany W Pope – The Forgotten and the Fantastical: Modern Fables and Ancient Tales, edited by Teika Bellamy, is a complex and largely entertaining compilation of literary fantasy. Though a few of the stories are reworked classics, most are all-new creations, and the majority of the stories are incredibly entertaining. The stories are illustrated…

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Unthology 7 ed. Ashley Stokes & Robin Jones

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet– The Unthology is the kind of anti-anthology that fans and writers of weird fiction dream of discovering. In the Unthology Unthank Books have coordinated something powerful, something creative, something genuinely interesting; but most of all something bizarre. In our current zeitgeist, which claims to nurture individuality this shouldn’t be unusual, and…

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Fugue Vol. II by The Siren Press

-Reviewed by Cath Barton- Writers of short stories have the wonderful freedom to give them any ending they like. They can also combine everyday and fantastical realities. For me the best short stories are those which show these different levels of existence – what lies behind or alongside the apparent – and this is something…