A confession... (or should that be a declaration?):
I attended the convention that this anthology was
born from, and it was the “best little small
convention ever” to slightly misquote one of
the Guests of Honour. Potential for bias aside, I
found this collection very appealing - perhaps due
to the fact that it contains stories by some of my
favourite SF writers, including Ian Watson
and Liz Williams
(who has had stories
published in this very magazine!); I have read and
absolutely loved some of their other short stories,
and they don't disappoint in this collection either.
Liz Williams's Caer Cold, which opens the collection,
left me shivering with its winterish detail. By way
of contrast, Ian Watson's smile-inducing story is
packed with his trademark witticisms.
All of the stories are very different, although most
of them feature something about time in some respect.
I hadn’t read anything by Sarah Singleton
before, but her story, a kind of cross-genre thriller,
reminded me me a little of Ira Levin, and I loved
it. But there isn't a single dud amongst the other
offerings; John Courtney Grimwood
and Ian Whates offer
three very different and very enjoyable action stories,
whereas Steve Baxter
's story is amusingly
strange, and Steve Cockayne
is simply brilliant, reminding me of Jasper Carrott's
retort about rickets to people who go on about `the
good old days'.
Time Pieces is an absolute gem of a story collection.
My only misgiving is that there are only eight stories,
but it is still a bit of a bargain!
Review by Donna Scott