A couple of pretty good reviews in this week for Nina Allan’s Silver Wind, as well as a fevered buzz of discussion over its title story over at Martin Lewis’s Everything Is Nice blog.
Peter Tennant writing in Black Static Magazine of The Silver Wind book has described Nina Allan as “one of the most intelligent and daring voices in genre fiction”. Peter goes on to say:
“Each story stands alone, and apart from the title piece they could all easily pass muster as mainstream, literary fiction rooted in character and precise observation, and on that level alone Allan’s work is remarkable, giving us finely detailed character studies and effortlessly tapping into a universality of emotion, so that we can feel and identify with what these people are going through. But it’s in the way in which these stories interact and interweave that the work reaches another level, suggesting that each is set in some different version of reality.Like Moorcock’s Cornelius books with their portmanteau characters, The Silver Wind references the mutability of identity and strives to demonstrate how time and reality are different aspects of the same thing…
…However you read it, The Silver Wind is a rewarding and challenging work of fiction, one that can be enjoyed for the sensitivity with which the various relationships are developed and portrayed, but also for the way in which it cleverly manipulates reader expectation and gives us food for thought.”
Kev McVeigh writing at The Future Fire dissects the book at considerable length and despite some misgivings over how all the pieces of Allan’s timepiece interlock inside his head, concludes on this high note:
“…Ultimately I finished The Silver Wind unsure of what I had actually read and not a little puzzled by how it meshed together. Nevertheless, this is a remarkable book where execution almost matches conception, and one that I will be drawn back to. In time.”