I really enjoyed this book. It covers an odd and eclectic range of topics and styles, but all shine with high quality writing and editing. Hugh mentions several times how he suffers from mild dyslexia and reading this book, you would never have known.
I enjoyed the moving ghost encounter at an abandoned station in London and a series of stories about a wedding and its complications. “The Truth App.”, os another personal favourtie of mine, the longest and most complex of the stories.
Glimpses is an well-chosen title, for these stories are not just glimpses into the characters but also into the mind of the author. Despite the change of genres and locations, there is an underlying warmth and poetic perception of the world, sometimes more worldly than at other times, but always reflective and thoughtful. I’m not a big fan of short stories and prefer to get into lengtier literature so I can really get into the characters. Glimpses achieved in many a short story an engagement and connection between me and the characters that novels didn’t achieve.
Quite an achievement and a very enjoyable and touching selection.
But don’t just take my word for it, here’s another review:
Glimpses is a delightfully twisted set of short stories inspired by author Roberts’ blog. If you follow his blog, you may recognize a few of his terrifying tales reminiscent of stories in the sci-fi genre of Twilight Zone or Outer Limits peppered with a dash of horror. “The Truth App” is the piece de resistance in this collection of 28 stories. Roberts’ biting wit and deft tale-telling will have you reading on the edge of your…well, your reading device! A great read that will have you begging Roberts for more!
Win a £100 Amazon gift card in the Glimpses competition. Five runners up will each receive a £20 Amazon gift card.
To celebrate the launch of my first book, now available on Kindle and in paperback, here’s the first of two competitions I am running over the next few months. For today’s competition, I’m offering you a chance to get your hands on one of six Amazon Gift Cards*.
One lucky winner will win a £100 Amazon Gift Card*
Five runners up will each win a £20 Amazon Gift Card*
*Amazon Gift Card will be purchased from winner’s country of residence. Where it’s not possible to purchase an Amazon Gift Card, a winner will receive cash equivalent via PayPal.
All you have to do, to be in with a chance of winning, is answer the following question, solve its anagram, and complete a tiebreaker.
Question: In the story ‘The Easter Bunny’ what is the name of the toy maker of the soft toy Denise decides to buy for her daughter and what is the toy maker’s name an anagram of?
Tiebreaker: Using no more than another 15 words, complete the following sentence:
I enjoy reading short stories because…
Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than 23:59 GMT on Tuesday 28th February 2017, ensuring you enter ‘Glimpses Competition’ in the subject line.
All winners will be contacted by email no later than Wednesday 15th March 2017. A list of winners will also be published on my blog on Tuesday 21st March 2017.
- Only entries sent by email to email@example.com will be entered into the competition.
- Only one entry per person is allowed. Anybody found to have entered the competition more than once will be disqualified.
- Immediate family members of the author, Hugh W. Roberts, are not eligible to enter.
- The competition closes at 23:59 GMT on Tuesday 28th February 2017. Entries received after this date will not be included.
- The competition is only open to adults aged 18 and over.
- Winners must agree to have their full name published on my blog.
- No alternative prizes are available.
- My decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- By entering the competition, you agree to abide by these rules.
I’ll be announcing the second Glimpses competition in January.
Buy Glimpses here.