Literary reviews by Tim Love.
Warning: Rather than reviews, these are often notes in preparation for reviews that were never finished, or pleas for help with understanding pieces. See Litref Reviews - a rationale for details.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

"The Best British Short Stories 2012" edited by Nicholas Royle (Salt, 2012)

My favourite story was Jon McGregor's. Close behind were pieces by Jo Lloyd, Winterson, MacLeod, and Robert Shearman. Several others were good reads too, in different ways - Tinker, Powell, Gough, Lane, Michael Marshall Smith. The only piece whose inclusion I didn't understand (every anthology needs one, though readers disagree over which one it is) was Adams'.

Ramsey Campbell was a name from the past. He built up a mood by using many comparisons to sad childhood memories and spooky things - p.136 has "put him in mind of" twice and "not unlike" once as an attempt not to over-use "like" or "seemed to".

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