on 3 March 2011
I freely admit an inability to write a short story. Within a novel I have the time and space to bring out all the aspects of my story at an unhurried pace. A short story must make a statement in a confined space while conforming to a rigid and widely accepted discipline. Declan Conner is a true master of the genre.
His stories crackle with energy, stand alone while remaining very much a part of a collection and have that sting in the tail which is a prerequisite for any short story. I loved all the stories in this collection - perfect for dipping into in a leisure period. Satisfying, beautifully composed and throughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.
on 2 October 2012
Okay, I'm a sucker for a good short story, but this collection really rocks. I particularly liked 'The End, or a new Dawn', which I believe Mr Conner won an award for. I won't give too much away, but it's extremely well-thought-out, very thought-provoking, and has a killer denouement (no, don't cheat and peek!) I'm not into sci-fi and thrillers generally, but if this anthology is anything to go by, I'm a convert. Five stars, highly recommended.
on 23 May 2012
I must confess upfront that I have only read the first story so far but it has been enough for me to form an opinion - in a word: bad. It read like a year 8 school project story, full of cliches, one-dimensional characters, and seriously cringe-worthy dialogue. The tale ended very abruptly and, while I appreciate these are short stories, it felt as though the author had got bored and decided to wrap it up before moving onto the next one. At around £3 this is very overpriced for what it is.