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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #60 on: November 05, 2017, 04:54:26 pm »
Valeria Vitale reviews Malcolm Devlin’s weird short story collection You Will Grow Into Them from Unsung Stories, and celebrates that the “weirdness” that populates Devlin’s stories is the kind that she enjoys the most: “not necessarily the gory and horrific but more the sinister, the ambiguous, the eerie, the unexplained and the inexplicable.”

Sounds like an excellent collection!
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #61 on: January 03, 2018, 08:16:04 pm »
Djibril reviews Kristine Ong Muslim’s The Drone Outside, the first in the new line of chapbooks from Eibonvale Press. This volume of nine interrelated flash stories gives us “snippets of life during or after the apocalypse, told from unusual points of view, or with surreal narrative, or or evidencing unexpected scenarios of death, destruction and post-humanity.” An excellent read, great value, and produced to Eibonvale’s usual high editorial standards.
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #62 on: January 08, 2018, 06:30:29 pm »
Andy Sawyer reviews James W. Greenfield’s The Time Machine, a 90-minute musical version of H.G. Wells's classic (inspired of course by the musical War of the Worlds). Andy gives a detailed and sensitive —and not uncritical—reading of the album, and concludes, “If it sounds snide to Greenfield to say that The Time Machine sounds in places like it is a demo for an unproduced Big Theatre musical show, then can I say that I would really like to see that show.”
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #63 on: January 18, 2018, 10:35:41 pm »
Cait Coker reviews Margrét Helgadóttir's, Pacific Monsters, the fourth anthology in Fox Spirit's Books of Monsters series, volumes which “decolonize the monstrous of the popular imagination and pop culture,” and “showcase fiction across the spectrum of speculative fiction genres that feature creatures drawn from the localized myth and folklore of other cultures.” Cait is impressed by this eclectic collection of tales, and we look forward to the next three outings in the series.
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #64 on: February 23, 2018, 03:16:32 pm »
Valeria Vitale reviews Nate Crowley, 100 Best Video Games (That Never Existed) from Solaris Books, a volume of (as it says on the tin!) video game concepts invented entirely by the author—and illustrated by a series of digital artists and game designers. She points out that the books is "unusual […] whimsical, sometimes borderline stupid […] close to the dad-jokes zone. But […] also entertaining, and truly amusing." We have a soft spot for these kind of satirical, "non"-fiction storytelling motifs here at TFF…
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #65 on: February 24, 2018, 12:04:15 am »
I thought that sounded interesting - Valeria mentions Borges, and I was thinking of Stanislaw Lem's A Perfect Vacuum. When I was writing fake reviews of real books for my Comic Relief project last year, what I found hardest was making it obvious that the reviews were fake.

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« Reply #66 on: February 28, 2018, 04:47:57 pm »
That's a good point. Reviews of fake titles are easier in a way—you can either exaggerate them to the point of grotesqueness to make the satirical nature clear, or you can decide that no harm, no foul: if someone thinks it's real they're not going to be able to buy the book by accident anyway. (or boycott the book, if you've slated it…)

How did you make it clear they were fake? (Without, presumably, saying so overtly.)
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« Reply #67 on: March 01, 2018, 08:17:26 am »
I tried to exaggerate, but at least one review had people saying that I must have read the book... There was another that was of a very old non-fiction book that had no information easily accessible on the internet, so with that I felt a responsibility to at least make sure the review contained true facts about it. It was fun, though, and I might do it again next Comic Relief. Might be an easier sell now that there are previous examples to point to.

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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #68 on: March 30, 2018, 06:20:21 pm »
Cait Coker reviews Dracula: Rise of the Beast edited by David Thomas Moore and published by Abaddon Books, an anthology of stories that follow the legendary Transylvanian vampire through history (not in a single ‘mosaic’ novel, however). Cait concludes that “while the authors’ willingness (or not) to push back against established narratives and characterizations varies, they all bring thoughtful engagement to both Stoker and Vlad Tepes.”
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #69 on: July 10, 2018, 02:38:37 pm »
Lisa Timpf reviews E.J. Swift's Paris Adrift (from Solaris Books), a time-travel adventure switching between postapocalyptic and dystopian futures to alternative historical Paris. Lisa summarises that: "Engaging and authentic description, a sense of mystery, and even a touch of romance—there’s a lot to like in this well-written, nuanced novel."
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« Reply #70 on: August 18, 2018, 02:12:57 pm »
Djibril reviews ​Scott Gable & C. Dombrowski (edd.), Ride the Star Wind: Cthulhu, Space Opera, and the Cosmic Weird, from Broken Eye Books. This anthology brings together a nice mix of stories that combine Lovecraftian Weird with far future galaxy-spanning space travel, and while neither is this a particular new concept, nor did I find many of the stories to be outstandingly excellent, the volume as a whole is worth reading and a lot of fun. The best stories manage to subvert HPL's mythology in postcolonial and multicultural flavours…
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #71 on: August 18, 2018, 03:13:40 pm »
Andy Sawyer reviews Tom Johnstone's How I Learned the Truth About Krampus, a chapbook from Eibonvale Press. On the surface a simple, Lovecraftian story, its undercurrents last rather longer in the memory, Andy wasn't sure if his (desperately sad) reading of the end of the story was correct, but either way this is a superior folk-horror story.
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Re: TFF Reviews
« Reply #72 on: August 18, 2018, 04:39:12 pm »
Valeria Vitale reviews William Meikle's The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales of Victorian Terror from Crystal Lake Publishing. A fun project, combining fakery and ghosts, and although the selection of authors to pastiche and stories for them to tell leans to the clichéd and sometimes even unimaginative, the execution is exquisite, and it is an impressive achievement overall.
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