Afterthoughts: Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry

In a Nutshell: Dark Lies the Island is easily as good as Barry's debut collection There Are Little Kingdoms, and in some respects - mainly in terms of maturity - it's even better. I may have been worried going into this one thinking that I may have … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Various Authors

In a Nutshell: I find it difficult to comprehend that this is a debut anthology from a new publisher; a publisher who not so long ago was nothing more than a 'simple' book blogger. Rod Redman has put together a short story anthology here that's … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: There Are Little Kingdoms by Kevin Barry

In a Nutshell: If you're looking for a sharp, witty and entertaining look at the more marginal side of life on the Emerald Isle, then you won't go far wrong in picking up this collection. With There Are Little Kingdoms Kevin Barry shows himself to be … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Vol. 3

In a Nutshell: Coming with content that always feels fresh and original, this third offering from the Bristol Short Story Prize is about as close to the perfect short story anthology as it's likely to get. There really is something in here for … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy

In a Nutshell: The Secret Lives of People in Love is one of the most deeply absorbing and touching story collections I've ever read. Van Booy has an incredible ability to find beauty and insight in almost anything, and the way in which he turns those … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Extra Ordinary – Words by Supermundane

Produced by indy publishing house Present Joys, Extra Ordinary: Words by Supermundane (real name Rob Lowe), is a publication that certainly rings true to its name. Contained within a 20 page booklet are 55 ‘micro dramas’, which are probably best … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: The inaugural quartet from Madras Press

In a nutshell: If these four titles offer a good indication of the literary quality that we can expect from Madras Press in the coming months/years, then ahead lies fun, fresh and exciting reading times. Buy all four of these titles if you can, but … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: ‘Pretty Monsters’ by Kelly Link

In a Nutshell: This may be one of the most imaginative and freshest story collection that you’re ever likely to read. The theme and resonance of the stories makes it more suited to the young adult, but there is no reason why anyone and everyone over … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Ox-Tales Water

In a Nutshell: The quality of stories in this, the final volume of the four-book Ox-Tales series, is of a high enough standard to ensure that the collection as a whole remains consistently good across the board. In fact there are a couple of stories … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Ox-Tales Fire

In a Nutshell: Although identical in its layout and variety of stories, this third book in the series of four Ox-Tales volumes turns out to be the best of them all so far. Ideally all four volumes should be read as a unified set of course, but if … [Read more...]