Books in Discussion - Round 2

I have a couple of spare hours and will endeavour to cover more of my backlog: books read over the past twelve months that I never had time to review. It’ll be so nice to clear away another pile of books off my desk!

The Tribe trilogy has to be one of the best Young […]

Review: Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar & Anita Roy Allen & Unwin 2015 Trade Paperback 200 pages Short Story Anthology; Fantasy; Dystopian; Post-apocalyptic; Speculative Fiction; Young Adult

The best speculative fiction – if not, by its very nature, all speculative fiction – explores issues of social justice and […]

Review: Merciless Gods

Merciless Gods by Christos Tsiolkas Allen & Unwin 2014 Large Format Paperback 323 pages Short Stories

As I read Tsiolkas’ first published collection of short stories, I couldn’t help but think that here, here, is a true artiste of human nature in all its glorious and tawdry flaws. He strips away the veneers we […]

Review: Astray

Astray by Emma Donoghue HarperCollins Publishers 2012 Hardback 271 pages Historical Fiction; Short Stories

Within these fourteen stories, Emma Donoghue traces paths overland and oversea, navigating the different ways we can go astray, journeys of the heart and mind as much as the body. Immigrants and the immigrant story feature prominently, but these stories […]

Review: The Iron Bridge

The Iron Bridge by Anton Piatigorsky Goose Lane 2012 Trade Paperback 268 pages Historical Fiction; Short Stories

In these six exquisitely crafted short stories, Canadian playwright Piatigorsky brings to life a moment in the childhood – or adolescence – of six infamous dictators. These aren’t necessarily pivotal moments, or the moment when they decided, […]

Review: The Maladjusted

The Maladjusted by Derek Hayes Thistledown Press 2011 Trade Paperback 203 pages Fiction; Short Stories

The characters in Derek Hayes’ collection of sixteen short stories are true representatives of modern society in a western culture: neurotic, obsessive, manic depressive, paranoid, or just a little bit off. From the diagnosed mentally ill Mike who hibernates […]

Review: Tea with Mr Rochester

Tea with Mr Rochester by Frances Towers Persephone Books 2008 (1949) Trade Paperback with Flaps 178 pages Classics; Short Stories

This month, I had the great delight of reading this book with Alex from The Sleepless Reader, and then reviewing the book as a conversation. Which was lots of fun and akin to having […]

Review: Please, Sir

Please, Sir: Erotic Stories of Female Submission edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel Cleis Press 2010 Trade Paperback 206 pages Erotica; Anthology; Short Stories

This is the companion anthology to a book I previously reviewed, Yes, Sir, also edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Please, Sir is similar but there is a notable difference in the style […]