Tag Archive | Short Story

Weed of Time by Norman Spinrad

Source: Own Collection
Format: Hardcover
Rating:  4 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

This was a fascinating short story. The narrator relates in it how he has taken Temp (tempus ceti), the “weed of time” referred to in the title, and then attempts to convey how it has affected his life.

In short, I think Spinrad does a brilliant job of showing the reader how the narrator is in all times at once, and how horrendous that could feel. Not an easy concept to convey, and yet I think he managed pretty well with this.

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Terminós by Dean Francis Alfar

Source: Own Collection
Format: Hardcover
Rating:  4 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

The story is primarily about trading in time. When people don’t like their lives, or they want to change something, they can come to Mr. Henares and sell a certain amount of time. Conversely, they can also purchase time from him – a particular event, really. In the story we experience events initially from Mr. Henares’s perspective, but then we also read about his clients’ experiences. This makes for an interesting and somewhat poignant tale.

I liked the Filipino flavour of the story, and the images conveyed in the words were clear. A lovely read, with plenty of food for thought.

 

Come-From-Aways by Tony Pi

Source: Own Book
Format: Hard Cover
Rating:  4 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

In this story, we meet a man called Madoc who has arrived on the Newfoundland coast by sea. He doesn’t speak any understandable language, although a linguist suspects links to Welsh. As a linguist improves their understanding of his language, this fascinating tale unfolds of storms, time-jumps and metal.

This was, for me, quite a peaceful story – perhaps inspired by the Newfoundland environs as described in the book. Despite mention and experience of storms, nevertheless, the sense of peace remained as the story unfolded. A fascinating concept – that of an individual caught in a time-jump/loop linked to the date/s.

An enjoyable story, very readable.

Extinction Lost by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Source: Amazon
Format: Kindle
Rating:  5 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

In this short story, a quick trip to Greenland hot on the heels of their disastrous trip to France turns into a nightmare for Team Ghost. And beware – ghosts from the past may pop up when you least expect them!

Not to be overlooked, this short story is every bit what we’ve come to expect from Fitz and the rest of Team Ghost. Once again the recipients of an impossible mission, the stakes are raised on the team until it could go either way.

Gripping and fast-paced, Nicholas adds a new dimension to the Variant saga in this quick read. Excellent stuff.

Delhi by Vandana Singh

Source: Own Book
Format: Hard cover
Rating:  3 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

I quite enjoyed this short story. It was pleasant, but I cannot say it grabbed my imagination. Nevertheless, it did have something compelling to it that drew me in. Singh’s narrative is very vivid, and one can identify with the despair and the confusion – the craziness – of the main character.

What I really did enjoy was the visions he had of Delhi in different times, the people he met and interacted with – or didn’t. Singh portrayed these concepts very well, making it believable. Also, with her being a native of Delhi, although I’ve never been there, I felt I had through her words.

Very well written and enjoyable.