It’s like waiting for buses! (oops, I mean trains, David, sorry!) We have news of three new reviews that have suddenly come in at once, two of Jeff Gardiner’s ‘A Glimpse Of The Numinous’ and the other one a late tackle on Nina Allan’s ‘The Silver Wind’.
First up, A J Kirkby writing at The Short Review has spoken glowingly of the merits of Jeff’s prose:
“…A Glimpse of the Numinous is Gardiner’s unheimlich manoeuvre on our expectations. A rapid shock to our systems, a release from our reading constraints. A flapping gull to our faces. A screamingly bright light shone into our eyes. A body deconstructed. Gardiner’s stories are “clues” to a deeper life, a stranger truth, a scarier reality. They are stories about dysfunctional sexual and familial relationships, about masturbation and transformation, about death, about religion, about the ominous. It’s about shifting us out of our comfort zones as readers… A Glimpse of the Numinous is far from an easy read, but it is a rewarding one, and, more importantly, an eye-opening one. Reading is a form of escapism, and in Gardiner’s fiction, we escape to places we’d never imagine journeying to.”
Then we have Adam Groves over at the Fright.com website who also applauds the book in these terms:
“The fourteen stories contained in this collection, the first by Jeff Gardiner, are notable for their considerable range. No two are alike, yet all are distinguished by beautifully evocative writing and a staunch commitment to originality. I can honestly say that, in a most unusual occurrence, nearly all the tales in A GLIMPSE OF THE NUMINOUS are defiantly unique, if not downright bizarre…”
“There’s never been a time travel account like THE SILVER WIND. It’s ostensibly a collection of five stories (three of them previously published) that all have definite links. This to say that several characters recur in varying guises and time frames, with a mysterious watch turning up in each tale and causing all sorts of odd disruptions. Yet what ultimately makes these stories sing is the author’s unerringly observant, character-driven writing style…”
Thanks to Adam and Andy both for these excellent reviews, which we would encourage you to read in full at their respective websites, thus supporting the contribution each make to the small press scene on both side of the Atlantic.