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Thursday, October 04, 2012

A Light Touch Paper Review from Aurealis Express -woot!

Here's a review I was sent about Light Touch Paper And Stand Clear, for which I wrote a story earlier this year. Normally I would include a link, but there wasn't one and I think you have to subscribe to get  the newsletter. This anthology has had some terrific reviews. If you live outside Australia, you can still buy it, though it may work out cheaper to get it in ebook, from Wizard's Tower books (there's a link from the Peggy Bright Books website) If you're a writer, you really should consider small press for your short fiction, especially in Australia, which has a thriving spec fic small press industry. Big Press rarely publishes short stories, unless your name is Margo Lanagan and even she writes some fiction for small press. And Big Press in Australia almost never publishes science fiction, it's all fat fantasy trilogies!

Anyway, here's the lovely review:

" Thanks Simon P for finding this review. I'm passing it on to all the authors highlighted in this review.

Once again, our thanks to *all* our Light Touch authors for contributing such great stories to our anthology.


This is the review from Aurealis XPress. Worth the wait, I reckon: (Simon)"

Light Touch Paper Stand Clear, edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie
Peggy Bright Books
Review by Lachlan Huddy

If anybody you know gets going about the dearth of quality Australian spec-fic being published at home, you needn’t counter with words; just point them toward this smashing collection of shorts. Joanne Anderton will wow them from the first word of her moving, melancholy, fantastical meditation on the irreparable horrors of conflict,  The Bone Chime Song, and then they’ll get a chuckle out of Sue Bursztynski’s feminist retelling of the triggering of the Trojan scuffle, Five Ways to Start a War. They can then take their pick from any of the top-shelf offerings that follow, but allow me to list some of my favourites: Dave Luckett’s sci-fi cracker, History: Theory and Practice, is thick with detail and dry wit; Ian McHugh’s The Godbreaker and Unggubudh the Mountain bristles with bruising action, flawless characterisation and hums with the lifeblood of a beautifully thought-out world; Kathleen Jennings’s masterfully evocative Kindling is a steampunk concoction of tales spun into a glittering remark upon the danger of an adventurer’s thirst (while still somehow making it appealing); and Adam Browne proves once again that he is the master of concept and a near-peerless wordsmith, as the British Empire undertakes to colonise Hell itself in his absolutely astonishing The D__d. Read this. That is all.

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