April short story reading post

Photo of double-page of notebook with some handwritten notes on stories (elaborated below)

This post is a roughly tidied version of my April 2022 tweets about short stories. It’s quite long (although the month’s reading was abbreviated by Covid), so I’m putting the rest of it below the cut. There’s a list of all stories at the very end of the post.

Continue reading

March short story reading post

Photo of notebook with handwritten story notes

This post is a roughly tidied version of my March 2022 tweets about short stories. It’s extremely long, so I’m putting the rest of it below the cut. There’s a list of all stories at the very end of the post.

Parts will very likely end up in other posts in the future. There are ideas coalescing, including thoughts on e.g. stories of revolution, loss, communication, witness, and the metaphorical weight of birds — and thoughts on the emphases and accents of speculative fiction, and the evolution of stories on given themes.

Continue reading

February short story reading thread

This post is a roughly tidied/slightly edited version of a Twitter thread I’ve been keeping, tracking my February 2022 short story reading. It is extremely long, so I’m putting the rest of it below the cut. Parts will very likely end up in other posts in the future. And at the very end of this post is a list of all the stories read.

Read on…

Continue reading

Flyaway among NPR’s Best Books!

Flyaway has been included in the NPR’s Best Books of 2020!

You can sort the full list by a number of categories, which I recommend doing as there are many and varied books on it. Jessica P. Wick’s review of Flyaway is here:

And you can buy Flyaway through all good bookstores and the usual online suspects.

Flyaway a favourite for Washington Independent Review of Books

Flyaway was included in the Washington Independent Review of Books’ “Our 51 Favourite Books of 2020“.

You can see their full list here, and Mariko Hewer’s review of Flyaway here.

And, of course, you can buy Flyaway from all good bookstores.

Natalie Meree reviews Flyaway

A lovely review of Flyaway by Natalie Meree.

Australian Book Review — Flyaway

A lovely review of Flyaway from Georgia White in the Australian Book Review:

…”Flyaway is a novel that knows any story is only as truthful as the person who tells it; that the tale itself survives as a parasite does, jumping from person to person and host to host.”

Flyaway: Locus review

Rich Horton’s review of Flyaway has been included in the New & Notable Books column of the October Locus magazine (see more excellent books reviewed in the column here).

It was also reviewed in Locus earlier in the year (at greater length) by Katharine Coldiron:

“It should be no surprise that Kathleen Jennings’s debut novel is splendid and unusual, that it feels like a dispatch from another, finer world, that it frightens and enchants in the same breath.”

Flyaway: Locus Review and 3CR interview

Katharine Coldiron’s review of Flyaway for Locus magazine is now up on their website.

“It should be no surprise that Kathleen Jennings’s debut novel is splendid and unusual, that it feels like a dispatch from another, finer world, that it frightens and enchants in the same breath.”

And I had a great conversation with David McLean of “Published or Not” on 3CR community radio in Melbourne, which is now online here:

(Flyaway is now available through all good bookstores and the usual online suspects.)

SBTB reviews Flyaway!

Such a lovely surprise to get a review for Flyaway from, of all places. Smart Bitches, Trashy Books — only a little of the surprise is because Flyaway is not (as Carrie points out) romance. Mainly it is because I have a longstanding affection for SBTB, and it is a very nice review, and I wasn’t expecting it at all.

Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings — by Carrie S

… I adored this novella. ADORED it. I love the imagery, the atmosphere, the incredible tactile quality of the world as described, the structure, and the reveal of what is happening with Bettina and her family. This is some of the best prose I’ve ever read in terms of description. Just look at this, and tell me you don’t feel these descriptions of trees right on your skin and in your eyes…