Reviews

As I did with Mrs Darcy versus the Aliens, I'm going to start with a policy of linking to every review I can find of Dot Dash, whether complimentary or not. However, I retain the right to diverge from this in the event of an absolute stinker appearing somewhere.

I won't link to individual reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, because I'm sure you can navigate your way around those just as well as I can. Other reviews are broken down into the following categories: national press, magazines and other periodicals and bloggers.

Here goes.

National Press

The Independent on Sunday is the first of the broadsheets to express an opinion and fortunately it's a good one: "an entertaining collection of grotesque, fantastic, pungent little tales."

Somewhat unexpectedly, Dot Dash is also chosen as one of only two books to be reviewed in the January 2013 edition of Faces of Oman, a supplement given away monthly with the Times of Oman. The review itself doesn't actually add anything new, being essentially cobbled together from the book's blurb and the Independent on Sunday piece, but I'll take 'em wherever I can find 'em. It's on page 65, next to Virginia Ironside.

Magazines and Other Periodicals

The first issue of Synaesthesia contains an extended version of Bec Zugor's splendid review (see below).

The Short Review's Sara Baume begins by wondering "what strange forces had possessed me to request Dot Dash", but fortunately "it only [takes] a few more pages for the fissures to develop in [her] scowl" and the review takes a generally positive turn from there on.

Bloggers

The very first review of all comes from Bec Zugor's Tales From The Ironing Board, where she pronounces it as "a flippin' brilliant collection". Out of the 58 stories, there is apparently only one she wasn't keen on. (Of course, I'm now desperately wondering which one.)

Next, in the prelude to an interview with me, Vanessa Gebbie says that I'm "Roald Dahl's natural successor." Gulp.

Scott Pack (no relation to Scott Prize) reviews the first couple of stories for his "Me and my short stories" blog and says that he is trying to eke [the collection] out for as long as he can," as "it has all the makings of a bit of a modern classic." Gulp again.

Not long after this, he reviews another couple of stories and he still seems to be enjoying it.

Jim Murdoch, in The Truth About Lies gives it a remarkably thorough treatment, summarising it as "a fine collection of short stories and well-balanced".

The enigmatic womagwriter gives it a somewhat briefer write-up, but says that the stories are "are beautifully written and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them".

Curiosity Killed the Bookworm gives the book five stars and says "it's one of the best short story collections I've read and one I think I will go back to repeatedly".

David Hebblethwaite in Follow the Thread sums it up as "Lovely stuff".

Dan Purdue, in Lies, Ink, gives the book a typically perceptive review, remarking that "it's easy to imagine Dot Dash becoming a set text for any writer looking to address the tricky question of exactly how you go about getting a judge or editor to notice your story among everybody else's."

Laura Besley, in Living Loving and Writing, summarises the book as "a delightful collection of micro and flash fiction."