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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…

Shit Happens by Eileen Wahrton

Shit Happens by Eileen Wharton

-Reviewed by Eleanor Hemsley- Shit Happens is perhaps not best suited as a title for this book as the end lesson as such seems to be that everything turns out peachy in the end, but none the less it is definitely worth reading. Never before have I read a book that so perfectly captures the…

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The Time Machine by Nikesh Shukla

-Reviewed by Cath Barton- I was tempted to start this review by trying to write a recipe for a successful story, because it’s with a recipe that Nikesh Shukla begins each chapter of his short novella, The Time Machine; but I knew that mine would probably be hackneyed, whereas his are as fresh and fragrant…

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Unsettled by Neelima Vinod

-Reviewed by Andie Berryman– Unsettled is a novella from the Indimyth category of Indireads, a collective of South Asian authors writing fiction depicting modern day struggles between heritage and the burgeoning economic, Western-influenced values in contemporary South Asia. The novella interweaves the stories of Divya and Raghav, a married middle class professional couple in modern…