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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 5:05 pm 
[quote="Ray"]"Hmm, not sure how revealing this is"

Each to his own Ray and not trying to hijack this thread. In my defense however it is very difficult to review a short story without completely spoiling it. Highlander's Book Reviews will always be spoiler free to allow readers to experience the same feelings of joy in the discovery of great stories as I did. My job, which I try to perform in an honest, if amateur way, is to pass on my personal thoughts and reflections, not to carry out any form of literary criticism.

Enough said, apologies to the thread owner, bottom line is. Black Static 10 - it's bloody good!


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No offence meant, my apologies, but what was your opinion of the story? I understand your comment regarding spoilers, but that particular story seemed to miss out regarding opinion and criticism in comparison to the others.

We're agreed on overall opinion of the magazine, though.


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Nothing to apologise for Highlander - it's an open forum and anyone can post.

I haven't read the story myself as yet, but I didn't see anything spoiler(ish) in your comments, and Ray only said he wasn't sure, so no serious criticism as far as spoilers go.

I've been checking out your blog for a while now, and was delighted to find Black Static reviewed, as I don't recall you doing any magazines before, and gratified by your comments about the various review sections, especially my own, for which many thanks.

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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 5:39 pm 
No Offense taken Ray and thanks for the comments Pete.

I really enjoyed "Eastlick" but given the subject matter, it was an uncomfortable kind of enjoyment. Redemptive though, at least I hope it was, we need a follow up story with the same lead character to see if that was the case.

Fascinating thoughts on "Vic" Ray, I didn't see the Victor F reference before but now you have said it, I can definitely see the connection.

And Pete, I don't normally review magazines but felt this one was special enough to warrant it :D


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Hi folks,

First I'd like to thank everyone for their kind words about my short story "Vic". It's a pleasure to see Andy's faith in the story reflected in your appreciation of it.

Yes, the reference to Frankenstein is intended. In fact, I was worried about that being too obvious. The only other thing I'll mention on that score is that the mother's name is Mary.

Cheers.

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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 7:13 pm 
I've just re-read it, I still don't think it's obvious , I think the use of the child had me fooled but now you have said it it's very clever and very well done.

Just one thing though, shouldn't it have been called "Adam"?

Congratulations on an excellent story :D


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Heh, Adam would have been a little heavy-handed.

No, Vic was always named Vic.

I don't like being too literal or direct. That doesn't allow any breathing room for the story.

Thanks again for your appreciation. :)

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Maura, great story - I loved it.

Mike O'Driscoll: very interesting piece on Red Riding. I found the series admirable but in the end hopeless (or maybe pointless?). However, I beg to differ on the "shoestring budget" comment, Mike. Channel 4 brought in three feature film directors and the production values, admittedly top notch, do not come cheap. I think it probably cost a fortune (compared to most TV dramas)! Otherwise, your "jaded" view of British TV drama - don't get me going!


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Blog comments from Nick Cato:-

http://nickcato.blogspot.com/2009/05/be ... y-not.html

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Very good issue with Vic as the standout.
By the way Galway is very interesting town, I was there last year when I visited Ireland.


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Rick Kleffel in praise of Black Static 10 and Chris Fowler in particular at The Agony Column.


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I think Eastlick is the best story this issue.
Its the jubilant ending that does it
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Just catching up on some reading...

'Vic' is absolutely wonderful

Also really enjoyed 'The Chair'.

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Nice things said at Horror World:-

http://www.horrorworld.org/reviews.htm

Scroll down the page about three quarters to read them.

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Finally got round to reading this issue.

Enjoyed all the stories, but my favourites were 'Piano Man' by Christopher Fowler, 'Washer Woman' by Scott Lambridis and 'Eastlick' by Shannon Page.

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