Valentina

Valentina by Evangeline Jennings

-Reviewed by Kristin Urban-Watson- It’s not an unusual premise for a story: a beautiful exotic young women in beautiful California, with a sampling of simple charm, and sometimes graphic sex. These ingredients have been seen time and time again within literature, but author Evangeline Jennings does something a little bit different. With her novella Valentina,…

The Beauty

The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley

-Reviewed by Richard T. Watson– The Beauty opens with an intriguing idea: a near-future world where all the women have died. This might sound like it makes for a masculine novel, full of men being real men and doing manly things – whatever that means. But actually, the core of this novella is very much…

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The Lost Art of Sinking by Naomi Booth

– Reviewed by Bethany W Pope – Naomi Booth’s The Lost Art of Sinking is a complex, deeply psychological novella focused on the futility of turning away from the terrors that warp the mirror of your past. Esther Freestone is a troubled girl. When she was twelve her mother had died under mysterious circumstances and she has…

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The Mesmerist’s Daugher by Heidi James

-Reviewed by Cath Barton- The Freudian theory about the child wanting to devour the mother who has nourished her is turned on its head in Heidi James’s vivid novella The Mesmerist’s Daughter. Published as a chapbook by Neon Books, this was originally included in an anthology of shorter fiction, Two Tall Tales and One Short…

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Women by Chloe Caldwell

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet– In her novella, Women, Chloe Caldwell discusses love and obsession on a common enough level that it can be understood by anyone. We all know the markings of sexual relationships that she describes; the longing and divided tensions just as much as the united front against the world. Yet despite all…

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No Christmas by Evangeline Jennings

-Reviewed by Andie Berryman– No Christmas is the twelfth single in the Pankhearst Femme Noir line, authored by head honcho Evangeline Jennings herself. ‘A heartwarming tale of faith and conservative family values’ says the blurb, but given this is Evangeline Jennings the only heartwarming thing is realising your heart is still beating by the end…

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Saboteur Awards: Best Novella

This month, we will showcase each of the works shortlisted in the Saboteur Awards by category. We’re starting with novellas, giving you a glimpse into each work. If you’d like to have your say in the awards, don’t forget to vote! Chloe Caldwell, Women (SF/LD Books) “So excited and honored to be nominated—I wish I…

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Four Sparks Fall by T. A. Noonan

-Reviewed by Cath Barton- I was ready to be annoyed by T A Noonan’s début novella Four Sparks Fall – too many typefaces, apparently gratuitous bracketing of chapter-titles, ambiguity about different voices – but it got hold of me, shook me and won me over. Noonan has woven the voices of twins Susanna and May…

Escape Kit by William Thirsk-Gaskill

Escape Kit by William Thirsk-Gaskill

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet– One of the main advantages of writing a novella instead of a full-length novel is the energy the shorter form allows for. William Thirsk-Gaskill takes full advantage of this. He creates voices for his characters that are spikey with humour and poetic sensitivities. The nuances and everyday characteristics of the characters…

The Girl on the Red Pillow - Angelika Rust

The Girl on the Red Pillow by Angelika Rust

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet– In The Girl on the Red Pillow, Angelica Rust plays the ‘What the f—k?’ card repeatedly. Sometimes this has an imaginative Alice in Wonderland effect; but it also causes the story’s tension to be occasionally broken by unintended hilarity. Yet despite this the book is very enjoyable. It also brings to…