pond Claire-Louise Bennet

Pond by Claire-Louise Bennet

-Reviewed by Rebecca Burns– Pond is Claire-Louise Bennet’s first collection of stories. It is about 150 pages long and focuses on the experience of a woman living alone. Although the reader never gets to know the woman’s name, she is a fully-felt, fleshy character; her inner-most thoughts – banal, touching, occasionally hilarious – seep over…

101 Detectives

101 Detectives by Ivan Vladislavić

 -Reviewed by Sarah Gonnet– 101 Detectives is a collection of short stories far from the formulaic state of most mystery writing. The stories are written by Ivan Vladislavić, who has an impressive career spanning several short story collections and novels up to this point. In this collection the stories are often thematically each very different…

Fishermen's Tales

Fishermen’s Tales by Peter Kennedy

-Reviewed by Eleanor Hemsley– Fishermen’s Tales tells the story of the plague in Northern England, as a small village fights to keep it out whilst battling with their instincts to help others. Written by Peter Kennedy, it gives a desperate view of the plague from the eyes of the village people. Kennedy’s writing style changes…

And Now awards 3

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…

Greetings Hero

Greetings, Hero by Aiden O’Reilly

-Reviewed by Rebecca Burns- Greetings, Hero is a collection of fifteen short stories by Aiden O’Reilly, about 300 pages in length. For a short story collection, this is a long book – the title story is 80 pages. Locations vary; stories are set in Dublin, Poland and Eastern Europe, and all share a commonality –…

28 Far Cries

28 Far Cries by Marc Nash

 -Reviewed by Bridey Heing– In 28 Far Cries, Marc Nash pushes the limits of short stories to the very edge, and the result is a wide-reaching collection that can be (and will be) devoured in a single sitting. At just 120 brief pages, his capsule stories dig deep to explore the psyche and find complex…

OR Book Going Rouge

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…