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...]

Short Story Review: Nativity by Adrian Stumpp

Story Title: 'Nativity' by Adrian Stumpp Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk) Briefly: Teacher Ed Devereaux is worried about the future. He's thirty-five-year-old and he's about to become a father for the first … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: Sometimes the Only Way Out is In by Ben Cheetham

Story Title: 'Sometimes the Only Way Out is In' by Ben Cheetham Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk) Briefly: With his mother sick, young Finn is gripped by the fear that he will be taken into care, as he once … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: A Covering of Leaves by Danny Rhodes

Story Title: 'A Covering of Leaves' by Danny Rhodes Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk) Briefly: Still in a state of shock following a rail disaster that befell the station that he works at, Webster is finding … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: All I Want by Charles Lambert

Story Title: 'All I Want' by Charles Lambert Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk) Briefly: Language teachers Simon and Teddy, are invited to join the Baietto family for a weekend at Lake Garda. The Baietto's seem … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: Celia and Harold by Patrick Whittaker

Story Title: 'Celia and Harold' by Patrick Whittaker Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk) Briefly: Stopping off in the small town of Midwick to make a train connection, the narrator having a couple of hours to … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘Assassination Scene’ by Jason Atkinson

Story Title: 'Assassination Scene' by Jason Atkinson. Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk) Briefly: Daniel works as an agent for the Federal Energy Commission. His position is mundane and routine - much like his … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘Dave Tough’s Luck’ by Matthew Licht

Story Title: 'Dave Tough's Luck' by Matthew Licht Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk) Date Read: 27th January 2012 Briefly: The narrator - a competent but not brilliant drumming instructor - is hired to give … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘The Puzzle’ by Alex Cameron

Story Title: 'The Puzzle' by Alex Cameron Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk) Date Read: 14th December 2011 Briefly: Mute, and physically disabled except for limited use of one of his arms, aged former art dealer … [Read more...]

‘Rex’ by Jon Wallace

Story Title: 'Rex' by Jon Wallace Collection/Anthology?: Various Authors Anthology 1 (The Fiction Desk) Date Read: 7th September 2011 Briefly: Poor old Sylvia is in mourning. Her dog Ernie has been run over and killed by a car, and her husband … [Read more...]