Sunday Shorts: 3 Mini Reviews (24.11.19)

Welcome to a new segment on my blog! Short and Shorter is going to be a selection of 3 works of short fiction that I do small quick reviews of so I can discuss them with everyone. I’m going to be including graphic novels some times in here too but I will still continue to review them as standalone works.


At first glance, Phil Pendleton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. They take walks in the park together, visit county fairs, museums, and zoos, and eat together overlooking the lake. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. Some might say he spoils his son by allowing him to set his own bedtimes and eat candy whenever he wants. Some might say that such leniency is starting to take its toll on the father, given how his health has declined. What no one knows is that Phil is a prisoner, and that up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at a grocery store, he had never seen the child before in his life
  • Title: Sour Candy
  • Author: Kealan Patrick Burke
  • Genre: Contemporary Horror

    Mt first time reading Kealan Patrick Burke and wow. Just wow. This is a novella that explores the horrors of sudden parenthood. I read this one morning in bed when my boyfriend went to work and I was blown away by the writing. The sheer creepiness of the story and this child who pulls as full Midwich Cuckoo and shows up makes for a great read. There is also some mild body horror with visceral descriptions of sour candy.

    ★★★★★/5
The coat. It was elegant. It was beautiful. It was so close that he could have reached out and touched it.

And it was unquestionably his.
  • Title: How the Marquis got His Coat Back
  • Author: Neil Gaiman
  • Genre: Fantasy

    I read this directly after finishing Neverwhere. This was a nice way to slowly exit the world after completing the novel and avoid a book hangover. The Marquis de Carabas is my favourite character from the book so it was nice to know he was up to his old tricks. I do think it was a good follow up to Neverwhere but does suffer from the 1.5 book syndrome where it leaves you with more questions than answers. Still I would recommend reading directly after finishing Neverwhere.

    /5
THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS will be a delight to fans of Gaiman’s work and newcomers to the graphic novel. Whether haunting, bittersweet, erotic or nightmarish, the seven stories in this book – one for each of the Endless siblings – reveal strange secrets and surprising truths. Each story is illustrated by some of the greatest comic artists from around the world.
  • Title: The Sandman: Endless Nights
  • Authors: Neil Gaiman, Glen Fabry, Milo Manara, Miguelanxo Prado, Frank Quitely, P. Craig Russell, Bill Sienkiewicz and Barron Storey
  • Genre: Graphic novel, fantasy, horror

    I love the Sandman series very much. So much I have a Sandman tattoo. So this year I reread the entire main series and this is the first volume after the conclusion of the last volume. This is short stories that follow each of the Endless and is illustrated by 7 different artists. The stories were great but the art left me down in places. Especially Manara’s since his art has always made me feel a bit…. ick. But still overall, good read and great to go back to that world.

    /5

So that’s it! This was nice to rattle off some smaller reviews of shorter works. Do you like short reviews? Do you think this is a handy way to talk about recent reads? Please tell me below! That’s all for this week and until next time happy reading!

July wrap Up

Welcome to my first wrap up! Well it was a good reading month overall, off to a slower start but still a good amount for such a busy month! In total I read 8 books in July (‘Godsgrave’ by Jay Kristoff not pictured) and the break down was this;

  • A Closed and Common Orbit- Becky Chambers ★★★★/5
  • Wild Magic- Tamora Pierce ★★★.5/5
  • Brown Girl in the Ring- Nalo Hopkinson ★★★★/5
  • Binti- Nnedi Okorafor ★★★★/5
  • Monstess: Awakening- Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
  • American Gods- Neil Gaiman (Reread on audio) ★★★★★/5
  • Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day- Seanan Mcguire ★★★★★/5
  • Godsgrave- Jay Kristoff (audio) ★★★★★/5

Honestly in terms of rating I have never had such a good reading month, the lowest is 3.5 and I like to think that the reason for this is I know my tastes better than ever. I listened to 2 audio books both over 15 hours in one month since I was so busy with work ‘American Gods’ is my favourite book of all time and I have never read it on audio. I listened to the authors preferred text and a full cast production which I highly recommend. ‘Godsgrave’ totally floored me. I don’t think any sequel has ever left me so shook and utterly gobsmacked.

Funnily some of my shorter reads were the biggest stand outs, such as Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan Mcguire. I like to read different formats and lengths of books so one, my terrible eyes get a bit of a break and two, it is easier to get more reading done overall.

To conclude, not a hugely long post. I have more planned to put up this week now I have some work stuff finally out of the way. I have one I am very excited to write up at last so keep an eye out!