Category: Essays

Tell authors you like their work

I think you should let an author know when you like their work. Here’s why. When I review a book, I always post my review on Twitter, and very occasionally I’ll tag the author (if I’ve really enjoyed the …

Trevor Hoyle responded to my review

Last summer I reviewed The Last Gasp by Trevor Hoyle. As with most books I read, I had some positive things to say about it and some negative things. The negative things mainly revolved around my usual problems with ‘older’ …

On reading problematic books

Today I’d like to talk about something which I saw brilliantly summed up by @JamesSACorey on Twitter: I read everything with a thought to the time it was written in. We can’t expect works of fiction to evolve …

Short story collections vs cycles

Do you know the difference between a short story collection and a short story cycle? I didn’t until just the other day, so let me enlighten you… Short story collections A short story collection is a number of …

Do you read introductions?

Introductions: you can find them at the beginning of so many books, from novels to poetry to short story collections – but do you read them? In fiction, an introduction is usually written by someone who is not …