book review

Book review: The Lost Stradivarius, by John Meade Falkner

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

This is a review of quite an old title, in fact one dating from 1895 and freely available on Project Gutenberg. But The Lost Stradivarius, by John Meade Falkner, has been described as the novel that M.R. James never wrote, and as an ardent Jamesian, I’m naturally going to want to read such a [...]

‘Gatsby: My Story’: A book review

By David Rothman
April 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

Nick Carraway and your English lit professor got it all wrong. A madman’s gunshots did not kill the hero of The Great Gatsby, published 90 years ago on April 10, 1925. The corpse inside the coffin was someone else, a clever ruse. With a “heavyweight team” of FBI men about to nab him, the [...]

Should authors respond to positive reviews?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 7, 2015 // 5 Comments

There have been plenty of stories over the years of authors who have gone a bit off the deep end when reacting to negative reviews. However, what should authors do when a good review comes along? Some have thanked the reviewer for their opinion, while others say nothing. Being thankful or silence. [...]

Book Review: Sand of Bone by Blair MacGregor

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

I purchased this book as part of the recent Indie Fantasy Story Bundle (now complete). Having been disappointed with the first two books I tried from the bundle, I was starting to think I’d wasted my money with this one. Then I started [easyazon-link asin=”B00MRCCG9M” [...]

Book review: The Sea of Ash, by Scott Thomas, Lovecraft eZine Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 19, 2015 // 1 Comment

There’s weird. Then there’s WTholyF full-on all-out batshit weird. Then there’s Scott Thomas. His The Sea of Ash, the second title from Lovecraft eZine Press, is an experience in strange and dark imaginings quite unlike any you’re liable to have encountered – outside [...]

Book review: The Orphan Palace, by Joseph S. Pulver, Chomu Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve written before on Teleread about Joseph S. Pulver’s extraordinary, dark/psychedelic prose, specifically in the context of his short story collection Blood Will Have Its Season. This is him delivering same at novel length, and it sustains all the momentum and firepower of his prose [...]

Book review: Wild Fell, by Michael Rowe, ChiZine Publications

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Latest in a long line of superb dark/weird horrific titles from ChiZine Publications, Wild Fell by Michael Rowe tells the tale of the house of the title on Ontario’s Blackmore Island, site of a tragic drowning that has haunted the local town of Alvina, and of other more mysterious events [...]

Book review: The Last Weekend, by Nick Mamatas, PS Publishing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Not quite your everyday run-of-the-mill zombie apocalypse, you could say. Yes, it’s another rigid, stiff, slow-moving essay in that genre, shambling and groaning its way into your to-read pile. And what a surprise that this sub-genre has grown so fast, proliferating like – well, a [...]

Book Review: Discoverability by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

There are lots of books out there about how to market your book. Some of them are good. Some aren’t. [easyazon-link asin=”1561466190″ locale=”us”]Discoverability[/easyazon-link] is one of the best I’ve read, and I appreciate it because it looks at writing as a [...]

Book review: The Starry Wisdom Library, edited by Nate Pedersen, PS Publishing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

This has to be the weirdest book I’ve read of late, and I say that as a regular reviewer of weird fiction. The Starry Wisdom Library, subtitled “The Catalog of the Greatest Occult Book Auction of All Time,” is an elaborate literary forgery that purports to be a lost catalog for [...]

My top ten titles of 2014

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

The following is my personal list of the top ten titles published in 2014 that I read, and mostly reviewed, for Teleread. It’s a personal list and is strictly confined to those new titles that were actually published this year – so apologies to any fine authors and works who don’t [...]

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