Review of "Extraordinary" by Dawn Knox.
Dawn Knox writes war stories, horror, speculative fiction, romance, and this is the third book she has published.
It is a collection of stories, varying from the simple to the complex. It encompasses a whole range of speculative and science fiction, and also horror.
I found these stories intriguing from the beginning and the set-up in each one culminated in a startling ending.
‘Earthrights’ has witty puns on the character’s names: Bohnan the Carbairian who wants a holiday home in the Drosophila Galaxy convinces another being to buy Earth off him by offering an attractive bonus.
A longer science fiction story is ‘To Sleep – Perchance to Live’ detailing a tragic event involving mutation and bacteria on a space station where all the crew suspect each other.
The horror stories include ‘The Game’ where the main character has to garrotte someone, and ‘Hell of a Time’ where Matthew Norris dies and is sent to hell to confront his fears. In ‘Leave it to Lester’ a man has regular brain servicing to make him docile, but decides to hatch a gruesome plan to escape. ‘The Way of the Obtectus’ also involves a gruesome metamorphosis, but has an optimistic ending.
‘The Four Riders of the <s> Apopalycse </s> Apocalypse’ is a skit on a biblical story. A prankster in heaven plays a joke on another angel involving a bogus job that attracts cyclists via a fish and chip shop postal address.
Amongst the magic speculative stories, ‘In Need of a Fairy Godmother’ asks the reader to decide on the philanthropy of this particular fairy godmother. ‘Solid as Rock-Mate’ sees unemployed Martin discovering a magic pebble with unexpected consequences. Henry‘s optimistic attitude to life in ‘Henry’s Box’ leads him to a magic encounter with a box in an old warehouse.
Finally in ‘Most precious’ a high priestess‘s magical decanter of sacred water is found by an archaeologist who wants to keep the find for himself.
In conclusion, this book is a revelation to magic worlds on earth and on different planets. The writer has a talented and inventive mind. Though I do not normally read horror/speculative fiction, I did find this book very entertaining, and would recommend its purchase to readers of these genres.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Wednesday, 28 December 2016
Not on the tarmac esplanade
Where the proudest benches tout.
Nor facing the rising or setting suns –
It needs no glory from light’s posturing.
Not varnished annually –
Its grain is weathered truth.
It hosts no remembrance spray,
Save the blossom fall
In sadness and in triumph.
Sit away from faster paths.
Under this unpruned bower
The world in shaded silence
Unfolds itself around you.
republished from Every Day Poets
Saturday, 5 November 2016
This morning my son and I
searched the lane for fallen rockets.
We found only one:
a charred remnant amongst sodden leaves
run over by a car.
'Obviously a dud,' I said, 'burnt out
before it had even reached those trees.'
'No Dad,' he said.
'This fell back to earth
after it had scorched the stars.'
(earlier version first published disguised in prose on the letters page Scarborough Evening News , 10/11/08).