Review: Gerard Brennan’s ‘The Point’

The Point cover Gerard Brennan’s ‘The Point’ may be compact and bijou but, to be honest, that is the only ‘negative’ (and it isn’t really even that) that I have with it – as a novella … even a longish one … it left me wanting more!

The characters were all interesting and different, very easy to distinguish from each other with their own little ticks. The self-acknowledged charmer Paul’s dialogue never clashed/mashed with the sardonic Rachel; the pace started off fast and never let up but, at the same time, never felt rushed; the plot was relatively simple but that simply let Gerard tell a great yarn, with his characters, without having to resort to any literary (or genre) tricks.

For the majority of the book there was a very obvious undertone of Norn Irish humour (dark and mischievous) that softened the edges of violence and violent people and then, right near the end, the humour stopped and the dark took over completely. Again, this is not a criticism as, from the moment where a character was ended with a simple twist of the neck, the tone simply lifted up a visceral notch to bring you, breathless, to the end.

I don’t think that Gerard was out to prove anything with this book but, for me, he has simply solidified himself as up there with the best of the new crop of Irish (and especially Norn Irish, of course) crime writers.

The Point
Publisher: Pulp Press; First edition (31 Oct 2011)
ISBN-10: 1908544023
ISBN-13: 978-1908544025

Daily Flash 2011 wins award

Daily Flash 2011 DAILY FLASH 2011 won the 2011 New Mexico Book Award in the fiction, science fiction & fantasy category.

Just to let you know some very exciting news: DAILY FLASH 2011 — which featured four of my flash fiction stories, ‘Bloom‘, ‘Blind Faith‘, ‘Endsong‘, and ‘Heaven Can Wait‘ — won the 2011 New Mexico Book Award in the fiction, science fiction & fantasy category!

The New Mexico Book Co-Op is New Mexico’s largest non-profit cooperative organization featuring New Mexico Books, publishers and authors. They are a partnership of over 950 publishers and authors who are interested in showcasing and selling books about New Mexico and the Southwest. They sell books, showcase books, and help people meet these goals.

A full list of the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards winners can be found here

DAILY FLASH 2011: 365 DAYS OF FLASH FICTION is a 2011 flash fiction calendar anthology, with a 500 word or less short story featured for every day of the calendar year. Filled with 365 short stories, this is a fun and practical anthology designed for busy readers.

Published by Daily Flash Publications, an imprint of Pill Hill Press
ISBN-13: 978-1617060106

Daily Flash 2011: 365 Days of Flash Fictioncan be purchased via Pill Hill Press’s shopfront or via Amazon, for Kindle and for Nook.