The Short Review

shining the spotlight on short story collections

Review of You Have 24 Hours to Love Us by Guy Ware

You Have 24 Hours to Love Us by Guy Ware Comma Press, 2012 Reviewed by Aiden O’Reilly “Make me up, Joe. I could be anybody you like. Make me up. Like … Continue reading

February 27, 2014

Review of Bones of an Inland Sea by Mary Akers

Bones of an Inland Sea by Mary Akers Press 53, 2013 Reviewed by Cherry Potts              “Looking back, he sees it now. Twirling was Dani’s escape, and Rosie a twirler, too, with him. Twins, … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Pauline Masurel reviews Liliane’s Balcony by Kelcey Parker

Liliane’s Balcony by Kelcey Parker        Rose Metal Press, 2013 Reviewed by Pauline Masurel       Liliane knows the house is sound. There are many things she does not trust in this life, but … Continue reading

January 15, 2014

Cherry Potts reviews Signs and Wonders by Alix Ohlin

Signs and Wonders by Alix Ohlin Quercus, 2012 Reviewed by Cherry Potts  “It’s going to be okay,” she murmured to him, over and over. “It is?” Steve said wildly. “How? When?”  Let … Continue reading

January 15, 2014

Review of I’m on the Train, by Wendy Perriam

I’m on the Train by Wendy Perriam Robert Hale, 2012 Reviewed by Emma Young “That disembodied voice was like some new, imperious God issuing His commandments from on high. If … Continue reading

December 18, 2013

Review of Rustblind and Silverbright, edited by David Rix

Rustblind and Silverbright edited by David Rix Eibonvale Press, 2013 Reviewed by Pauline Masurel                      “Life is a long wait for a train that never comes.” There are twenty-four stories in this … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

Review of Simon Rich’s The Last Girlfriend on Earth and other Love Stories

The Last Girlfriend on Earth and other Love Stories by Simon Rich Serpent’s Tail, 2013 Reviewed by Liz Kalaugher On the third day, God’s girlfriend came over and said that He’d … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

Review of Smoked Meat by Rowena Macdonald

Smoked Meat by Rowena Macdonald      Flambard Press,  2011 Reviewed by Elaine Chiew            “What will we do without chocolate?” “We gotta start havin’ sex instead.”  After Jennifer Egan’s A Visit To The … Continue reading

November 28, 2013

Review of The Best British Short Stories 2013, ed. Nicholas Royle

The Best British Short Stories Series Editor: Nicholas Royle Salt Publishing, 2013 Reviewed by Susan Haigh (Uncle Jack) brought … an enormous book, when he sat it down upon his lap … Continue reading

November 18, 2013

From the archives: Review of Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr

Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr Fourth Estate, 2010 Reviewed by Tania Hershman “What is there in Luvo’s life that makes sense? Dusk in the Karoo becomes dawn in Cape Town. What … Continue reading

November 14, 2013