Article: The power of books

Why do we write? Why do we read? And is the answer to these questions the same?

Creative, by definition, is characterised by originality of thought. Why then do we, as writers, put pieces of ourselves into our work? Are we saying that our thoughts and ideas, and by extension ourselves, are original and therefore worthy of consumption by the reading population?

What makes you you?

What makes you you? Are your insides unique?

The answer appears to have as many facets as the original question. Continue reading

Review: Fidget


2 stars

Read on December 26, 2015 — I own a copy

Blurb: The death of a small boys hamster bring back unpleasant memories…

Bookish Things: 8 pages. Another of Tony’s short stories that are easily consumed in a short 5-10 minute window.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.85

My Review: 

This is the lowest I’ve rated one of Tony’s pieces. I have read 16 of his novels and short stories, but this one just irritated me to no end. It wasn’t even the story, that was really interesting and I think would have got 4 stars if it weren’t for the repetitive narration of the child.

I just couldn’t get over the repetitiveness and the random capitalisation of words like ‘Get Mad’ or ‘For My Own Good’. I wanted to fix them, and it just threw me right out of the story.

This might be a perfect little tale for you if you’re not as sensitive to editing as I am.

Review: First Contact by Tony Talbot



Read on October 15, 2015 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: The first transmission received from a hideous and highly advanced alien race leads to a surprising conclusion…

Bookish Things: 6 pages. The cover is a little basic, but it works. 🙂

Where to buy: Amazon in kindle for $0.73

My Review: 

Bookshelves: awesome-authors, 4-star-review, aliens, indie-authorsci-fi, too-short

Recommended for: Everyone

Only a short story, this one takes you through an interception of an alien race’s communication.

It’s not anything too new, but it does pack a punch with the ending.

Tony is a master of the short story and plays on the readers preconceived ideas to perfection.

Try this one today! You won’t be disappointed.

One thing I noticed:
47% – ‘It’s (like?) nothing you’ve seen…



Review: Brief Encounter by Tony Talbot


3 stars

Read on September 23, 2015

Synopsis: When a man misses the last train of the night, he meets a strange woman with a strange tale for him…

Bookish Things: 9 pages. This needs a nice cover.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.75

My Review: 

Bookshelves: awesome-authors, 3-star-review, horror, indie-authortoo-short

Typical Tony, he delivers a wicked little tale, but it’s just a snippet.

The Grace Kelly look alike in this story is an interesting character. At first I thought she’d be a witch (with all that cackling!) but it turns out that was kinda wrong…

You don’t get a great deal of information about the protagonist, but that’s ok in this story because even though he’s the protagonist, it’s not really him that’s important.

Again, I’d love to see this one drawn out into something longer, just so Tony could drag me kicking and screaming through that creepy night time station with Grace and her fetid mop bucket.

Review: The Girl in the Snow


3 stars

Read on September 22, 2015

Synopsis: Short story about the harshness of surviving in a dying world.

Bookish Things: 6 pages. This could do with a distinct cover.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.76

My Review: 

Like most of Tony’s short stories, this one captures a single concept and gently prods it. This one could very easily be turned into a bigger story. Who were these people? How did the world end up as it is depicted in the story? Who was the girl?

It raises a lot of unanswered questions. Questions I’d like to see Tony try to answer in a longer piece. 🙂

Review: Black Shark



Read on November 30, 2014 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: A teenager trapped by crippling social anxiety tries to get through his working day, and discovers an unexpected friend to help…

Bookish Things: 10 pages. The cover is simplistic, yet striking.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.89

My Review: 

Black Shark is a very interesting story about a young boy who suffers with severe social anxiety.

As someone who is probably the furthest from shy there is, I had no idea someone could be that impacted by their own brain. I know some shy people, the types that warm up and talk to you once they know you, but I don’t think I’ve ever met someone with the level of anxiety that the main character experiences.

It made me think about what it would be like if you naturally couldn’t strike up a conversation with someone, anyone, just because.

Interesting thoughts.

Another great short story from Tony.