Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Pensive Creatures / Tim W. Burke

Reviewed by: Em

Genre: Speculative Fiction/Humor

Approximate word count: 25-30,000


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Tim W. Burke is a highly secretive author with negligible biographical information online. For publication and appearance information, see author’s blog.


This is a collection of previously published short stories based on humorous takes on tropes from various sub-genres of speculative fiction.


I’ve always been a fan of unusual interpretations of common themes. This collection includes some entertaining, satirical takes on speculative fiction/horror, including vampires/blood sucking fiends, immortality, zombies, ghosts, and the philosopher’s stone.

A short story is the distillation of an idea to its purest form, often with little regard to plot or characterization. While these stories do emphasize the unique ideas they’re exploring, the characters are engaging and the concepts are often suitable for extension in subsequent stories rather than being closed off.

Overall I found this collection to be highly enjoyable, though purists may not appreciate some of Burke’s takes on the tropes.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues

Rating: **** Four Stars

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