Sunday, 24 May 2020

Silently in the Night by Clayton Graham (book review)

This review is taken from my Goodreads page.

Silently in the NightSilently in the Night by Clayton Graham
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was a free download from the author.

This collection of short stories feels like something of a 'jam session' from the author. Most of the stories are ideas put down on paper rather than carefully structured short stories in the traditional sense. Graham is a fan of traditional science fiction and there are plenty of representatives of the genre here, quick snapshots of a longer story. Indeed, there are chapters of two of Graham's published novels ('Milijun' and 'Saving Paludis') which hint at a better buy for your money. I'm afraid the others just didn't grab me. A decent short story still needs a beginning, middle and end for me to engage with it and most weren't that detailed and needed more. There are some good stories in there - the title story which opens the collection is a decent tale with a twist and and the closing story - 'Trapped' - a sweet story of love that finished thne book nicely. Of the sci-fi tales my favourite was 'Vanguard', a story that hints at something that could be explored further - like the dark side of the Moon where it is set. I'd have preferred to see those tales fleshed out bit and fewer stories.

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