The first two reviews of Quentin S Crisp’s ‘Defeated Dogs’ are in…. and we couldn’t ask for better really. Critics seem to be impressed not just with Quentin’s trademark elegant prose but with a chameleon-like diversity of voices he brings to the stories in this collection:
Firstly, Sami Airola at Rising Shadow says:
“Quentin S. Crisp is an author who has an ability to transfer his readers temporarily to another world with his stories. I’ve always considered this to be a sign of an excellent author, because only the best authors are able to write this kind of stories. I think that all readers who read these stories will forget everything else for a while and will be fascinated, impressed and even shocked by what happens in them.
Certain stories in this collection contain fantastic echoes of Lord Dunsany and his lush prose. These stories also reminded a bit of the stories written by Brendan Connell, David Rix, Nina Allan and D. P. Watt. There are also echoes of other authors, but Quentin S. Crisp has a voice of his own, because he has a distinct writing style that separates him from other authors. Although his stories are complex, they’re easy to read and offer the reader a unique reading experience…
…I give this collection full five stars, because it contains hauntingly beautiful stories and excellent prose. If you like beautifully written speculative fiction and want to read good stories and wonderfully observant prose, you must read this collection, because you won’t be disappointed by it. This collection is a literary marvel and an unforgettable reading experience that should be treasured and cherished by as many readers as possible. Very highly recommended!”
Then we have Charles Packer at Sci Fi Online, who says:
“…The writing has a diaphanous dreamlike quality, blurring the lines between the real and the fantastical, the hidden inner world and an uncertain outer reality. Here you will spend your time with gay wolves and little girls who may, or may not, be able to create or destroy through the power of belief.
Often the stories play with the reader’s perceptions, place, time and people blend to create a greater whole. The first story in the book, The Fairy Killer, is a classic example of a story which has a number of meanings, a single line in the story changes the whole perspective, bringing into doubt the original straight forward explanation of the story as fantasy. The single line opens up the option for the story to actually be more macabre in nature. Crisp rarely provides answers, the interpretation for most of the stories lies with the reader.
Elegant in their construction Crisp morphs his style to suit the story, but even with these changes the stories remain entertainingly thought provoking.”
Our heartfelt thanks as ever to Sami and Charles for taking the time to read this book and kindly share their thoughts on it with the world.