The Private Life of Elder Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Keris McDonald and Adam Gauntlett has received an excellent review on the Blasphemous Tomes website:
Although every story in The Private Life of Elder Things is a reinvention, none feels like a simple pastiche. It is all too easy to reuse elements of the work of Lovecraft and his peers in trite, obvious ways. Every story here makes its subject new and weird again, whether this is simply by moving it to an unusual setting or by transforming into something surprising.
What makes The Private Life of Elder Things stand out from most Mythos anthologies, however, is the emotional content and humanity of many of the stories. At its best, Lovecraftian fiction is unsettling, imaginative and weird, but it is rarely moving. The poignancy of stories like Season of Sacrifice and Resurrection and Devo Nodenti is all the more powerful for its presence in such an unexpected place.
You can read the full review here. The Private Life of Elder Things is available from Amazon and other online bookstores.
My choice as the best anthology of 2016 however, goes to Something Remains, a book dedicated to the memory of Joel Lane who died three years ago. The stories within are inspired by, and based on, notes left by Joel and each individual author has done a remarkable job in creating them in such a way that you would believe Joel had written them himself. It’s a superbly produced book and I can think of no better way to honour his memory.
What better recommendation?
If you are looking for beautifully written literary strange fiction and weird fiction, Something Remains is what you have been looking for. It contains excellent and impressive stories that surprise, thrill and shock readers in equal measure. Something Remains is something different for those who want to read quality fiction, so please, take a look at it and let yourself be charmed by uncanny stories. Highly recommended!
Visit the website to read the full review and then pop over to Amazon (or another online bookstore) to get a copy of the book. You’ll love it.
Des Lewis runs a blog in which be publishes “real-time” reviews — reviews of books as he reads them, usually posting comments on a daily basis. Des begins the review of Something Remains today. The first story he reviews is that by Tim Lebbon. Des says:
This is a frightening portrait of alienation even from a friend, with a scene in a dance club that will stay with you.
You can follow the updates and further reviews in the comments section of Des Lewis’ Gestalt Real-Time Reviews website.
The Risingshadow website has just posted a rather good – indeed, an excellent – review of The Private Life of Elder Things. The book, they say:
…belongs to the bookshelf of everyone who is fascinated by Lovecraftian weird fiction. It’s one of the best weird fiction collections of the year and deserves to be read by ardent and enthusiastic fans of the genre. Weird fiction doesn’t get more entertaining than this, so please invest a bit of time into reading this marvellous collection. Highly recommended!
You can read the full review here,
The Private Life of Elder Things is available from Amazon and other online dealers. A Kindle version is on its way.