Peripheral Visions

🌟🌟🌟🌟 An affecting and poignant collection of short stories, each of them featuring strong characterization and a struggle, of some sort, with deep and emotional impact, arising out of the kinds of quandaries ordinary people - people just like us - can end-up finding themselves lost in. Several of the…

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Music of the Night

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 A feast for lovers of contemporary crime fiction, this stellar collection of 25 stories, all written by members of CWA and embracing a theme of music, is both a must read and a rare and captivating treat. With stories reaching broadly across the crime genre, including procedural police investigations,…

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Always Never, Rarely Sometimes

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 With a story-telling style (and hints of magic) reminiscent of Ray Bradbury, and populated by darkly flat-affect characters straight out of Patricia Highsmith, this set of short stories is interesting, unusual and intriguingly compelling. Each of the stories features a story spun around a main protagonist (and in…

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Backstories

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 What fun! The stories in this wonderful book are all “backstories” - they tell the tale of someone we know; someone who is famous, (or infamous), for some talent they have, or something they may have accomplished, or in some cases, something that was done to them -…

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In Other Words

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I had no idea what to expect on approaching this book - and ended up being totally blown away by it. A collection of eight stories created by the unique voices of a set of authors on the spectrum for autism, this book represents an exciting foray into a…

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