Literary Reviews

As I have a ponderous amount of unused space on this website, I might as well use it for something. Although I have written just one story for attempted publication, I write reviews of short works as a hobby. I mostly concentrate on free access internet publication stories and shall include the links for the stories in question should anyone be interested in reading the stories themselves to form your own opinions. I occasionally make exceptions and review stories from print publications, which you'll have to subscribe to if you want to read the piece in question.

I shall initially repost some reviews I have posted on various internet forums and then occasionally write new ones.

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[Although "Sword and Sorcery" might be considered derivative literature of high fantasy, a genre I historically have had little interest in, I've chosen this repost of a review I did on another forum as my first offering here to give people an idea of what my reviews might be like, before suggesting that I review ones people here wrote for internet publications.

I reviewed this particular piece on my own initiative, though I had exchanged a few emails with the author previously. I have or had no further personal relationship with her, and our brief and limited email correspondence had no impact on this review. She did not ask me to review it. This story originally appeared in a print publication published by the same editor who owns and edits the zine.]

"Detour From Abbinford," [Flashing Swords; Volume 2, Issue 7] by Barbara E. Tarbox, might be described as "Sword and Sorcery" lite, as the writer brings to the sub-genre an eloquent, subtle and deeply impressive writing style. Indeed, Dan Rather, erstwhile CBS News anchor, might well be envious of Ms. Tarbox's gift for metaphor: "The girl who filled the patchwork of Saegar's memory was leaning over him, features half in shadow, mousy hair haloed gold by late sunlight streaming between weathered wallboards."

The above passage is indicative of the author's splendid ability at turning a phrase; painting a precise and colorful portrait using words rather than pastels.

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