Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Ice Age by Iain Rowan

Iain Rowan brings together an excellent mix of eclectic stories in Ice Age. He is a master of the short tale, an art form that is under appreciated by some of the big publishers. Iain's work here is enough to make you fall in love all over again with short stories.

All eight stories bring something different to the collection. Iain manages to drag you kicking and screaming into the worlds he crafts. His moody and atmospheric descriptive writing immerses you deeply into the dark tales he weaves.
In some stories, such as the title story, Ice Age, he conveys a deep sense of melancholy that is so tangible you can almost feel it. In tales such as Sighted you are given a glimpse into a city torn about by war where one man takes his revenge one bullet at a time. His endings will often leave you asking questions, as a good short story should.

You can read each tale at a single sitting on a bus or a train journey but don't expect these stories to leave your head that quickly. You will be thinking about some of these tales a while after you finish them. An immensely enjoyable and thought provoking read.

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