Review: The Snow Owl


TheSnowOwl

3 stars

Synopsis: Ben thinks his son’s talk of the magical kingdom of Lukana is just typical childhood imagination. But one winter day, when seven year-old Eric sculpts a snow owl in his backyard, he seems to set in motion events that cannot be anything but magical. Now Ben faces the terrifying prospect of losing his only child to a wintry spirit… a spirit that just might be the boy’s true father.

Bookish Things: 11 pages. I love the cover, those eyes are so intense!

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.79.

My Review:

The Snow Owl is a fantasy/paranormal story that rambles and twists in its writing about a young family who experience a rather interesting event.

I wish there’d been more time to explore the events leading up to the climax, I feel there would have been a greater emotional attachment to the characters. As it stands, this reads well but lacks depth.

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Review: Hole by Tony Talbot


Hole

3 stars

Synopsis: Alex has a problem. He’s been digging a hole in his garden for the past few hours.

And he can’t remember why…

Bookish Things: 9 pages. Stock cover, this could do with a face lift.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.75.

My Review: 

This is a short mysterious tale of a man who joins us digging a hole in his backyard. The story takes us through the mystery of why he’s digging it and where his wife and housekeeper are.

Blood, mud, cops and asthma puffers; this is not my favourite of Tony’s but it’s an enjoyable short story.

Review: What Dragons Prefer


WhatDragonsPrefer

3 stars

Synopsis: A dragon slayer arrives to rescue a threatened town, but the real threat—and the dragon’s true desires—are not necessarily one and the same.

“What Dragons Prefer” first appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Fall 1994; and republished in Dragons: A Celebration of the Greatest of Mythical Creatures, January 1996. You can also listen to the story as a podcast at Podcastle!

Bookish Things: 10 pages. The cover is simple, but it fits the book. There is now a newer cover on Amazon.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.03.

My Review: 

A very short fantasy story about a dragon seeker who is asked to help out a town.

Not for the kiddies, this one includes some adult themes, sexual advances and such as well as innuendo.

I quite liked the ending, I wish it was longer so we could get to explore the world and characters more.

Review: The Chocolate Defence


TheChocolateDefence

3 stars

Synopsis: A short story about a craving for chocolate…and murder…

Bookish Things: 9 pages. I wish this one had a more interesting cover (There is an updated cover on Amazon!). 4th last book of Tony’s to read… getting close to reading everything he’s published!

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.74.

My Review: 

If you’re curious about Tony’s writing and want to read a short story this one is a good one to try if the genre takes your fancy.

Review: The Girl on the Stairs


TheGirlOnTheStairs

ReviewStars-4

Synopsis: On her first night in a new house, Celia hears someone on the stairs outside her room.
Someone who can’t possibly be there…

Bookish Things: 9 pages. The cover is apt and a little quirky. I like it.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.77.

My Review:

A great short ghost tale that explores the ghost tropes with an interesting twist. While I had seen it before, I liked the innocent young girl character.

If you’re curious about Tony’s writing and want to read a short story this one is a good one to try if the genre takes your fancy.

AWW2017 Review: A Piece of Time


APieceofTime

ReviewStars-4

Synopsis: A fabulously spooky ghost story from Traci Harding.

Bookish Things: 21 pages. The cover is simple, but keeps in line with Traci’s other short story covers.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.02.

My Review: 

This!

This is how a short story should be done. The story felt whole, the characters real and the conclusion satisfactory yet still ambiguous enough to leave questions.

Tani, our protagonist, made logical choices and decisions, even while dealing with the paranormal phenomenon in the story. It was so nice to see that logical thought pattern.

That the piece also focused on a pocket watch and tied it in so nicely, was an added bonus.

I saw no errors in this piece. An enjoyable read with a great cast of characters.