Tag: short stories

Doctor Who: Forever Fallen

Doctor Who: Forever Fallen

by Joshua Wanisko; audiobook read by Nicholas Briggs (Big Finish, 2016)

Wanisko_Forever Fallen

A nicely low-key story exploring one of Doctor Who’s great untapped questions: what would happen if the villain just stopped when given the chance to rethink his megalomaniacal scheme? Between them, Wanisko and Briggs capture some of the Seventh Doctor’s melancholic brooding.



The Father of Lies

The Father of Lies

by K J Parker (Subterranean, 2018)

Parker_Father of Lies

A 500+ page compendium of Parker’s recent short fiction, focussing in particular on those pieces depicting gods, devils, magic and religion. As ever, Parker crafts believable worlds in which to tell fantastic, habitually mordant, stories. Anti-heroes abound and suffer for their sins.



The Inimitable Jeeves

The Inimitable Jeeves

by P. G. Wodehouse (Herbert Jenkins, 1923); audiobook read by Jonathan Cecil (BBC, 1990/2009)

Wodehouse_The Inimitable Jeeves

This fix-up novel brings together eleven Jeeves & Wooster short stories, the linking thread of which is Bertie’s friend Bingo Little, whose compulsive falling in love brings endless trouble to his old school chum. Jonathan Cecil’s reading lends zest to the mishaps.



The People in the Castle

The People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories

by Joan Aiken (Small Beer Press, 2016)

Aiken_People in the Castle

This posthumous collection spans thirty-five years of Joan Aiken’s prolific career. The stories, though frequently lacking in closure, are beautifully written, with rich, dark ideas and a wondrous touch of fairy tale logic. Aiken’s characterisation of people (and notably, animals) is exquisite.


The Robot Who Looked Like Me

The Robot Who Looked Like Me

by Robert Sheckley (Sphere, 1978)

Sheckley_The Robot Who Looked Like Me

A short fiction collection in which the reader is promised (and given) satire, inventiveness and humour, but also off-the-cuff storytelling, an intrusive sexual focus, a name writer’s complacency and maddening, devil-may-care flights of fancy that lead nowhere under the guise of surrealism.


42 Word Review: The Cemetery Man (and Other Darkside Tales) by Bill Pronzini

The Cemetery Man (and Other Darkside Tales)

by Bill Pronzini (Perfect Crime Books, 2014)

Pronzini_The Cemetery Man

Bill Pronzini’s great talent for capturing character and setting, so effective in his mystery novels, is frittered away in this collection of dark short fiction spanning 1976-2013, yielding mostly unsatisfying vignettes and denouements that rest on skewed reinterpretations of the stories’ titles.