January 13, 2019
This is the first single short story I have reviewed as I normally critique complete short story collections. The story is part of a collection from different authors featured in the Canadian Science Fiction magazine, “Neo-opsis”. It is an intriguing tale set in a dystopian world. On reading the first few lines I struggled with point-of-view but as I read on it soon became clear on whose view point the story was written. This may have been deliberate as the assassin protagonist was clearly mixed up about who she really was.
It took me a couple of readings to determine what was happening in the narrative but this did not matter as the story was brief and it became clear that the protagonist was a victim of mind control. It made me think and I do not mind that as I like story’s that make me think. I understand that it is only available in the pages of the magazine so check it out as I am sure sci-fi fans will not be disappointed.
Editor, Peatmore Press
Published in Canada
January 3, 2019
The bullet crashed through the plate glass window and into the customer’s forehead. It smashed through his skull and embedded itself in the wall behind him. People screamed as the plump middle-aged man was flung off his chair away from the table where he had been dining and the shooter stepped through the shattered opening into the restaurant.
He had not wanted to waste bullets by spraying rounds indiscriminately so he had set the Kalashnikov rifle he was holding to fire single shots. These were to be surgical killings and he wanted to shoot dead all who crossed his path. His feet crunched on the broken glass as he trod carefully forward and shot a woman, sheltering beneath the table in the back of the neck. A man who looked like a waiter made a dash for two double doors and he shot him in the back before he could reach them. Some people ran, but those who were not quick enough or those who cowered on the floor he shot one by one. Dark blood flowed with food, drink and broken crockery among the unturned chairs.
December 28, 2018
This is a brief story but within its pages the author has captured the essence of Venice and the Bubonic Plague. It is told through the eyes of a ten year old boy. The author has done a great deal of research about the plague and I can tell from her biography and her writing she knows the city of Venice well.
During this time the plague was carried by black rats. The boy refers to his pet as a mouse and I suspect that it is indeed how he views the animal he cares for. Short stories are an ideal way to while away brief moments of time and if they make you think a little so much the better. This example is a little gem and well worth the read.
Available in the Amazon Kindle Store in mobi (kindle) format
December 19, 2018
It was Christmas Day.
“That was a strange pudding,” said Claire.
“I made it,” said Marcus.
“What was in it?”
Claire fled to the bathroom. After a long wait, Marcus tapped on the door.
“I’m alright” called Claire. “I’ve done a test. We’re having a baby!”
December 18, 2018
This is not a genre I would normally read but having met the author I was struck by her professionalism. This is certainly borne out by the way she has crafted this excellent novel. It is obvious upon reading it that a great deal of research has gone into substantiating the facts surrounding the life of the upper classes who inhabit the Regency period in which this story is set.
I found it an unexpected delight and I am sure that it will captivate the devotees of this form of literature. The tale of Georgina, her family and her quest to find happiness is set against the background of the looming battle of Waterloo. In the character of Pennington the author has created the perfect villain against whom Georgina needs all her wits about her to ensure the safety of herself and her sisters. It is an enthralling story which kept me turning the pages to the end.
Published by BWL Publishing Inc.
and available as a paperback and ebook
on a number of different platforms
December 12, 2018
One of the most enjoyable experiences anyone can have during Christmas is to receive a book as a present. A hardcover or paperback book is an ideal shape to be wrapped and, if the giver is tuned in enough to the tastes of the recipient, when the wrapping is opened it is certain to delight.
It is a gift suitable for all ages. Small children love turning pages to admire pictures and be read to by an attentive adult. Those of us who are older can curl up by a fire or somewhere warm knowing that someone close to us has been thoughtful enough to bestow such a delightful personal gift.
So when out shopping for someone close to you at this festive time of year your first thought should be to buy a book.