Silver Wind shines again…

Posted: December 5, 2011 by douglasthompson in Reviews


Seasoned speculative fiction reviewer David Hebblethwaite has given Nina Allan’s The Silver Wind an excellent review over at his Follow The Thread blog. David seems to be of the growing school of thought that this book should be considered as a novel more than a collection, and welcomes the fifth and final part of the book which blend elements of autobiography into the foregoing narrative. David writes:

“Nina Allan is gaining a reputation as one of the most interesting British writers of speculative short fiction to emerge in recent years; her new collection is ample demonstration of why. The Silver Wind collects five ‘stories of time disrupted’ which are set in London and/or Sussex (though not necessarily the same ones), and which ostensibly share characters (though a character in one piece may be different when we encounter them again in another). The ultimate story of the volume may lie just as much in the spaces between tales as it does in the tales themselves…

…So that’s what we have in The Silver Wind: five different versions of reality; though it’s left to the reader to decide how (or indeed if) they fit together. What’s particularly striking about these stories is how grounded they are. Even when the collection is at its most fantastical, in the title story, Allan’s keen sense of place and solidity of detail anchor the supernatural (including the fairytale concept of a forest haunted by monsters – here subjects escaped from an experimental facility, whose bodies have been twisted by their ordeal) in a hard reality…

…Time travel’ in The Silver Wind is not a magic solution to the characters’ problems – it’s not about getting a second chance at making good an old situation; at best, it gives you a new situation, with its own potential pitfalls. But there’s a note of optimism in the final piece, ‘Timelines: An Afterword’, which puts a different spin on the previous stories, and suggests that things can turn out all right if you’re lucky – or if you take control of life yourself. However you view these five stories linking together, they add up to an intriguing collection.”

Our thanks as ever to David and all the other reviewers who’ve been so kind as to review Eibonvale’s books. Please check out their blogs and learn more about their work too.

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