The VT team had the pleasure of meeting Richard at
the last Novacon convention in November, where he
was selling his novella and kindly gave us a copy
for review. ‘She’s Alone’ comes
from that great tradition of authors who put everything
into their work, get a small print run produced and
do the real hard work of selling copies personally
to their potential readership. I know that Richard
shifted a few copies at Novacon, and I hope that the
initial investment has paid off as this hard working
author deserves some attention.
The novella is set in a world where all women have
been killed off, apart from the main character that
wakes from a cryogenic sleep to discover her predicament.
The writing is concise and the setting is finely realised,
despite a subject matter that at times is hard to
believe in. The central character, whilst well developed
and very complex does struggle to produce any lasting
empathy with the reader coupled with the slightly
far fetched plot. A lot of these problems could be
resolved or worked through in a longer novel in this
fiercely futuristic setting with an ending that leaves
the reader left unsatisfied.
Review by Jamie Spracklen