The Short Review

shining the spotlight on short story collections

Used to Be by Elizabeth Baines. Review

Used to Be by Elizabeth Baines Salt Publishing 2015 Reviewed by Cath Barton “I used to believe in plots, but they’re too insistent and simple; there’s no such thing as a single … Continue reading

May 2, 2016

Selected Stories by Kjell Askildsen

Selected Stories by Kell Askildsen Translated by Sean Kinsella Dalkey Archive, 2014 Reviewed by Aiden O’Reilly “The sun was nearing the mountains in the west; a haze lingered over the town, and … Continue reading

February 20, 2015

The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim: review

The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim Translated by Jonathan Wright. Comma Press, 2013 Reviewed by Elaine Chiew “If there was a special search engine for dreams, like Google, all dreamers would find their … Continue reading

November 27, 2014

What You Are Now Enjoying by Sarah Gerkensmeyer: Review

What You Are Now Enjoying by Sarah Gerkensmeyer Autumn House Press, 2013 Reviewed by Cherry Potts “The Monster who has been haunting me since I was a kid is depressed. We sit on … Continue reading

October 21, 2014

Aimee Bender, The Color Master – review by Cherry Potts

The Color Master by Aimee Bender Windmill Books, 2013 Reviewed by Cherry Potts “Do you know the king wants to marry his daughter? Her eyes flashed, for a second, with anger. What? … Continue reading

September 8, 2014

Astray by Emma Donoghue, reviewed by Sarah Schofield

Astray by Emma Donoghue Picador, 2012 Reviewed by Sarah Schofield “‘Could you bear it, really, Caro? Leaving England behind?’ What’s the harm in humouring him? ‘I expect I would hate it at first,’ … Continue reading

July 20, 2014

Peter Tieryas Liu, Watering Heaven: Review

Watering Heaven by Peter Tieryas Liu Signal8Press, 2012 Reviewed by Elaine Chiew “‘It’s silence I want to hear,’ he said.  ‘That single instance where a person is bare and pure and doesn’t … Continue reading

July 13, 2014