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Andrew Hook
Posted on Monday, October 10, 2005 - 04:34 am:   

Our books have been getting some great reviews since I started Elastic Press in 2002. I've linked to a sample here as tasters for the books, and will post links to all new reviews as they arrive.

Review of "Open The Box" on Infinity Plus

Review of "Second Contact" on The Alien Online

Review of "Milo & I" on The Alien Online

Review of "The Alsiso Project" on Infinity Plus (In fact, there are three reviews on that site)

Review of "Jung's People" in the print magazine Prism stated Kay Green draws on Jungian philosophy to create a compelling and intellectually stimulating collection and concludes this is another excellent collection from Elastic Press and well worth reading. Jung would, I think, be proud of this child.

Review of "The Sound of White Ants" on The Harrow

Review of "Somnambulists" on The Zone

Review of "Angel Road" on The Harrow

Review of "Visits to the Flea Circus" on Whispers of Wickedness

Review of "The Elastic Book of Numbers" on The Future Fire

Review of "The Life To Come" on Yet Another Book Review

Review of "Trailer Park Fairy Tales" on Eternal Night

Hope you get the chance to read some of the above reviews as - if nothing else - they'll give you a feeling for the breadth of material we publish.

Andrew
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Wednesday, November 02, 2005 - 12:57 am:   

And the first review of our new title, "The English Soil Society", is now online at The Harrow.

In summary: These stories create an overall impression of a world richly seething through constant cycles of change and mutation. Nickels' collection isn't for readers who prefer classically constructed story structures and clear cause and effect, but for those who enjoy absurd imagery, playful time slippages, and texts that challenge them to construct their own interpretations rather than have meaning served to them in easily digested portions.

The book is selling fast, so pick up your copy today!
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 - 01:38 am:   

A review of "Trailer Park Fairy Tales" by Matt Dinniman is now online at Whispers of Wickedness. It's a good one!
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 01:04 am:   

Our number themed anthology, "The Elastic Book of Numbers", has a review now online at Tangent. It's a solid, in depth look at the book which makes you want to rush out and buy it, doesn't it? ;)
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Tuesday, January 03, 2006 - 12:42 am:   

Just spotted a great review of Steven Saville's Angel Road in the December issue of quality UK magazine Shivers (#125) which includes: This is reminiscent of the world-spanning works of Michael Moorcock mixed with the lyrical magic energy of Jonathan Carroll...an incredible collection and one which I have no hesitation in recommending.

Well worth picking up a copy then...
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Monday, January 09, 2006 - 08:26 am:   

Interesting review of Trailer Park Fairy Tales is now up at The Zone website. The reviewer gives it 3/5 which, considering the comments, isn't bad at all :-)
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2006 - 02:53 pm:   

A second review of The English Soil Society by Tim Nickels is now available to read online at the Yet Another Book Review website. Detailed and interesting, and certainly intriguing...makes you want to pick up a copy and find out for yourself, doesn't it?
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Thursday, February 02, 2006 - 12:50 am:   

Another good review of The Elastic Book of Numbers can now be found online at The SF Site. It's still in stock with us (and Shocklines has a new consignment too), so get your order(s) in now!
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2006 - 04:11 am:   

First review of The Last Days Of Johnny North by David Swann can now be read online here

All good stuff.
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 07:23 am:   

Must admit I didn't think we'd get another one, but there's a review of The Elastic Book of Numbers now online at Bookgasm.

And remember, we now have paypal on the Elastic Press website, so there's no excuse not to click for a copy today!
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 12:25 pm:   

Nine of the twenty stories from The Elastic Book of Numbers are to receive Honourable Mentions from Ellen Datlow in the next Year's Best Fantasy & Horror:

They are:

Marion Arnott: “When We Were Five”
Toiya Kristen Finley: “7:33”
Sam Hayes: “Sixty Thousand Pieces of Glass”
Charles Lambert: “The Zero Worm”
Mark Patrick Lynch: “Breach of Contract, Clause 6A”
Joy Marchand: “The Sympathy of Five”
Donald Pulker: “Dial 1-800-2-to-Live”
E. Sedia: “Every Eight and Eleven”
Neil Williamson: “The One Millionth Smile.”

Plus, from our short story collections:

Tim Lees: "Jinner & the Shambly House" (The Life To Come)

Matt Dinniman: "Hurricane Bonnie" (Trailer Park Fairy Tales)

Copies of all the above are still available...
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 09:22 am:   

A third, and very perceptive, review of The English Soil Society by Tim Nickels, can be read online at the Future Fire website.
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Monday, April 03, 2006 - 02:30 am:   

An excellent review of The Last Days of Johnny North by David Swann can now be read online at the Dogmatika website. I'm almost sold out of this one, but will be reordering soon. A review also appeared in the Bradford Telegraph & Argus on Saturday, and once I see a copy I'll post some info here.
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 03:51 am:   

With permission from the reviewer, David Barnett, of the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, the review which appeared in the newspaper last Saturday reads as follows:

Also looking at Northern characters, though through a much darker lens, is The Last Days of Johnny North by David Swann (Elastic Press, paperback, £6.99 ISBN 0954881257).

This collection of short stories about Northern life is, quite simply, an absolute cracker that deserves to have a wide readership. David Swann is an acute observer of the tics and foibles of Northerners, and his stories come across a little as if Coronation Street was written by Emile Zola, or perhaps a Martian. The type of stuff we take for granted as Northerners is brought into sharp focus by Swann, whose keen eye records things like: “All our neighbours looked like the snooker star Ray Reardon” and how people speak in “voices as flat as the Fylde”. Seek out this book at all costs.
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 12:51 am:   

Another review of The Last Days of Johnny North by David Swann is now up at the Whispers of Wickedness website. It's another good one!
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 04:09 am:   

First review of The Ephemera by Neil Williamson is now up at Sci-Fi Online. Whilst rather sparse in its description, I can't argue with the 10/10 rating :-)
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Tamar Yellin
Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 04:59 am:   

Great review! Congratulations!
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Sunday, May 07, 2006 - 05:10 am:   

Following the above review an interview with Neil Williamson by Charles Packer can now be read online at the SFRevu site, here

Plus, an excellent review of The Ephemera is now online at The Harrow. The reviewer concludes: The Ephemera is a strong and memorable collection of stories that will hold its own against any other collection published this year. Williamson demonstrates a mastery of styles and a sensitivity to emotion and language that suggests his talent is more than merely ephemeral.
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Sunday, May 07, 2006 - 06:41 am:   

As pointed out elsewhere, I meant that the above interview is at the Sci-Fi Online site. Clicking the link in my earlier posting will still take you there, however!
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 02:45 pm:   

Another great review of The Ephemera can be found online at the Whispers of Wickedness website, here. We're fast selling out of the first batch, with it proving to be a bookstore favourite. Why not pick one up from our US stockists Shocklines today?
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Friday, May 19, 2006 - 12:27 am:   

Another excellent review of Neil Williamson's The Ephemera is now online at Yet Another Book Review. It concludes: It’s a strong collection from a talented writer who transcends genre, and should be bought, read and cherished. Who could argue with that?
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2006 - 11:41 am:   

Another review of The English Soil Society by Tim Nickels can be read online at the Infinity Plus website. Again, this book does tend to polarise a reviewer's opinion. Not a bad thing at all, I say!

Some copies are still available...
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Monday, July 03, 2006 - 12:48 am:   

Some interesting reviews went online over the weekend. Tim Lees' BFS-nominated The Life To Come gets a fair-to-middling review at SF Crowsnest. I have 5 copies of this book left, so if you want to read slipstream you know where to come. Nick Jackson's BFS-nominated Visits to the Flea Circus gets a rather critical review over at LauraHird.com, and David Swann's The Last Days of Johnny North gets a much more favourable showing on the same site. If the reviews intrigue, then please trot along to the paypal page at the Elastic Press website and part with some of your cash. You know you want to :-)
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Saturday, August 19, 2006 - 01:59 pm:   

A new review of Neil Williamson's The Ephemera is now online at the Future Fire website. Pop along and take a look, then order a copy :-)
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Friday, September 01, 2006 - 02:46 pm:   

First review of Mike O'Driscoll's Unbecoming can now be read online at The Harrow. The reviewer concludes: For those who haven't yet been exposed to his work, Unbecoming is a fine introduction to Mike O'Driscoll's world of crumbling rationality and lost souls.

(For those waiting for the hardback, these should be with me next week. Apologies for the delays!)
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2006 - 12:14 pm:   

And another review of Neil Williamson's The Ephemera can be read online at The Zone. Four stars out of five: can't be bad!
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2006 - 12:51 am:   

Another excellent and in-depth review of Mike O'Driscoll's Unbecoming is now online at the Whispers of Wickedness website. Another reason to get hold of a copy now!
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Andrew Hook
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2006 - 07:40 am:   

Another review of Unbecoming can be found at Emerald City. It's a good one :-)

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