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Admittedly, this book was on my shelf, unread, for far too long. Now that I’ve read it, I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner. If I had, I’d have already read books two and three in the series—in one sitting, if I could clear my schedule.
A Killer in King’s Cove did not disappoint. I lost count of how many times my jaw dropped in response to the many twists this Lane Winslow mystery has, and I changed my guess about who did it at least four times.
I’ve never been a fan of books written in first person present tense. I had yet to find a book that did it well enough for me to enjoy reading it. It’s not that I have anything against first person books or books written in present tense, but I find when they’re combined it’s difficult to get across the details and emotions necessary for moving the plot forward without breaking first person.
Writing short fiction is very different than writing long fiction. With short stories, you have a lot less space to make your reader feel connected to your characters and fall into your world. Short fiction can be tough for a lot of writers because of this. If you’re new to writing short fiction or you want to improve your work, follow these top 7 tips from published short fiction writers.
I’ll start off by saying that I love anthologies. Collections of short stories are fantastic to have on your shelf for times when you have a few spare moments, but don’t quite want to sit down with a long novel. Being able to start and finish a story in one sitting is a wonderful gift, and Purgatorium is definitely one you’ll want to have on your shelf.
I found the plot to be intriguing, and there were definitely a lot of cliffhangers to keep me going—I was happy I was able to listen to it in large chunks because I didn’t have to wait to start the next chapter!
If you read parts 1 and 2 already, you know that I’ve been sitting next to my mailbox every day waiting for the next piece of the story to arrive. Okay, not literally, but if I didn’t have other responsibilities and commitments I might actually do it. So far, I haven’t been disappointed by the mail order story service, and part 3 is no different.
The Watch is a wonderful combination of two of my favourite genres: fantasy and crime. The book itself I must classify as fantastical crime, not only because of its fantasy elements—hello, demon in the basement—but also because the book is fantastic.
Collin Piprell is a Canadian writer, a former journalist and editor, resident in Thailand. He has also lived in England, where he did graduate work as a Canada Council Doctoral Fellow in politics and...