A good review of my fiction

After giving it some thought, I've come to realize that this is the first review of my fiction that I've ever gotten. Oh, I've had comments both good and bad on stories I've posted, and I've gotten critiques, to be sure. However, Valdary's review was out of the blue, unexpected and unconnected to this blog.

As is the usual practice, allow me to quote from her review of “Time's Arrow”, the #FridayFlash I published on December 18, 2009:
Tony Noland deftly puts us behind the eyes of someone who is not quite human. ... The cold triage analysis of who to allow to live to spread the legend is a chilling insight into the mind of a killer. ... The writing in “Time's Arrow” comes across as cool and detached which may not be to everyone's taste, but that is probably a reflection of the cold and ruthless character being written about. ... it intrigues. ... very well done.
Nice review, that. I was trying for cool and detached in that piece, so I'm glad it came across that way.

If you want to read some that is definitely the OPPOSITE of cool and detached, try "4:45" or perhaps "Not My Intention". Plenty of emotion in those two. Lots of other pieces to choose from as well.


  1. It really does make my day when someone gives me their complete thoughts on something I did. I'm so bad at reciprocating, so if you get a fantastic, awesome, magnificent, just know you impressed me. Wait, I did sing your praises on Twitter! See? Redeemed. Congrats on the exposure/notice Tony.

  2. Carrie: Thank you! This is rather exciting for me, rather unexpectedly so. That someone would take the time & effort to read & think about one of my stories, then write the review, post the links and then publicize the review itself... well, gee, that's the sort of thing people do for actual writing done by actual writers, isn't it?

    I guess I should have specified that this was the first traditional form review I've gotten. The RT reviews on Twitter are necessarily so abbreviated (three or four words at most) that I think they are in a class by themselves.

    This is A Good Day, IMNSHO!


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