Postscripts to Darkness

Received an email this afternoon from Ranylt Richildis, Fiction Editor at Postscripts to Darkness, with the edited copy of the short story I’ve sold to them, At Union. Just a few very small tweaks required. I’m a bit embarrassed I didn’t see those flaws myself, but I suppose it’s a simple case of that forest and tree thing. Anyway, seems the crew at Postscripts are hard at work putting together Volume 5, and my story…

Review: The Midwife of Venice, by Roberta Rich

The Midwife of Venice by Roberta RichMy rating: 2 of 5 stars Roberta Rich’s The Midwife of Venice was recommended to me by a colleague some time ago. It would seem tastes and expectations vary widely. Rich tells the story of a Jewish midwife in 15th century Venice, caught in an intrigue which threatens her life. For the most part the story is well-researched (there were a few hitches over which I stumbled, but I’m…

Review: Westlake Soul, by Rio Youers

Westlake Soul by Rio YouersMy rating: 5 of 5 stars If you haven’t heard of Rio Youers before, you need to go out right now and look up Westlake Soul, purchase it in whatever form you prefer, arm yourself with handkerchief or tissues, and settle down for a story that will shatter you with its beauty, elegance and raw honesty. Similar in emotional impact and tone to Mitch Alboum’s The Five People You Meet in…

Review: River of Stars, by Guy Gavriel Kay

River of Stars by Guy Gavriel KayMy rating: 3 of 5 stars It pains me to give only three stars to one of my favourite authors, Guy Gavriel Kay. The story Kay relates takes up events several hundred years after the fall of the great dynasty in a China-like world Kay created in Under Heaven, revolving around, primarily, an unorthodox and intelligent woman, an unwitting and reluctant warrior/hero, and the usual cast of supporting intellectuals…