Ray Thompson reviewed The Rebirth of Rapunzel in issue #77 of Historical Novels Review, saying: Forsyth’s argument is convincing, her prose clear, and the insights into the tale’s influence on her own work, especially Bitter Greens, fascinating. Definitely recommended.
And Steph4 on Amazon says: “…a five star work…”
“A Friend in the Trade” from Dirk Flinthart’s collection Striking Fire made it onto Ellen Datlow’s Honorable Mentions list for her The Best Horror of the Year volume 8, as did “2B” by Joanne Anderton, “Salvatrix” by Marianne de Pierres, “Sins of Meals Past” by Matthew Morrison, “Oil and Bone” by Dan Rabards and “The Winter Stream” by Daniel Simpson (from Insert Title Here). Congratulations all!
A new review of Cranky Ladies of History from Matthew Davis at Goodreads: This book covers a wide variety of periods, genres and voices, but one thing that remains consistent is the level of quality … This was my first Fablecroft book, but on the strength of this collection, it sure won’t be the last.
Thanks Matthew, that warms the cockles of this editor’s heart!
Cute little review of Dirk Flinthart’s Striking Fire by Rivqa, also at Goodreads: A fine collection with some unexpected (for me) gems…
Catching up on several Goodreads reviews of Tansy Rayner Roberts’s Pratchett’s Women essay collection that I somehow managed to miss!
- Mike said: “I’d recommend it to anyone who’s interested in non-ranty feminist perspectives and fantasy fiction…“
- Amanda said: “…Tansy’s honest, soul-searching, and massively enthusiastic take on how female characters are portrayed in the Discworld universe is an excellent read.”
- Octavia Cade said: “…this works as an entertaining introduction … It’s got that nice chatty blog vibe to it.”
- Cindy said: “…[it] made me want to reread a whole bunch of the Pratchett books again!”
Thanks so much for taking the time to review our books!
We’re ecstatic to see several FableCroft mentions on the 2015 Aurealis Awards and 2016 Ditmar Awards (covering the same year of work…) shortlists.
In the Aurealis Awards, special mention to Dirk Flinthart, finalist for Best Collection for Striking Fire AND for Best Horror Novella with “Night Shift” from the collection, Joanne Anderton, shortlisted for Best Science Fiction Short Story with “2B”, and DK Mok, shortlisted for Best Fantasy Short Story with “Almost Days” (both stories being from Insert Title Here). It’s also super exciting to see Focus 2014: highlights of Australian short fiction on the Best Anthology list.
The complete shortlists are available on the Aurealis Awards website, and showcase some of the absolute best of Australian writing produced in 2015 – such an honour to be part of it!
For the Ditmars, it’s fantastic to see Joanne Anderton double up with “2B” on the Best Short Story ballot, alongside Deborah Biancotti’s creepy Cranky Ladies of History story “Look How Cold My Hands Are”. The Cranky Ladies anthology also made the Best Collected Work ballot, and Kathleen Jennings’ gorgeous cover and internals for the book are shortlisted for Best Artwork. Editor Tehani Wessely is also on the ballot for the William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review for both the team efforts of “Squeeing Over Supergirl” (with David McDonald) and “Reviewing New Who” (with David McDonald and Tansy Rayner Roberts). If you were a member of Swancon last year, or of Contact 2016 this year, you are eligible to vote, so please do (for ANY of the fabulous work shortlisted!).
Congratulations to everyone appearing on these shortlists – it really shows the strength of Australian speculative fiction.
Author of the new short story collection Striking Fire, Dirk Flinthart, has been diving into his archives and posting some free fiction on his website. Highly recommended if you would like a taste of his work!
Dirk has also been posting some musings on the dimensions of storytelling:
Part 1: Telling Stories
Part 2: The Nifty Idea
Part 3: Make It Bleed
He says some pretty interesting things about writing and stories, and I recommend the posts highly!
Also around the traps, Matthew Morrison has reviewed Insert Title Here, saying: “There are some amazing, even must read, short stories within.”
Thanks to everyone who takes the time to review our books — it’s hugely appreciated!
Pre-orders of the Striking Fire ebook are now available at your preferred e-tailer (Kindle / Kobo / Smashwords) and print pre-orders through the FableCroft shop!
Join us for the launch at Conflux in Canberra on Saturday October 3, 2015.
We’re very excited to share the cover design for Dirk Flinthart’s forthcoming short story collection, Striking Fire. Designer Amanda Rainey has done a gorgeous job with it (as usual!) and we’re so pleased with the result!
We can now also announce the final table of contents for the book, which will be launched on Saturday October 3, 2015, at Conflux in Canberra. It’s a cracker of a book!
the first martian (original to collection)
the flatmate from hell
the ballad of farther-on jones
eschaton and coda
faith (original to collection)
fortitude valley station, 2.15am
a friend in the trade (original to collection)
no hard feelings (original to collection)
the fletcher test
the last word
tough (original to collection)
one night stand
gaslight a go go
night shift (original to collection)