Reviews

Reviews of Burning with Optimism's Flames

Daniel Tessier on January 19 2013 here

"‘Wing Finger,’ a historical piece by Helen Angove, is a tale of European politicking, strange travelling companions and “Ptero-dactyles.” Written in a pastiche of the early 19th century epistolary style, it’s hugely entertaining."

Andrew Hickey on October 15, 2012 here

"Wing Finger by Helen Angove reminded me quite a bit of Lawrence Miles’ Grass in its central idea, but Angove takes the idea in a very different direction. The redemption of the narrator, who is a zealot, a coward and a fool until it counts, is beautifully done, and Angove does a wonderful job of pastiching Regency-era prose styles."


Reviews of Tales of the City

Andrew Hickey on August 23, 2012 here.

"My particular favourites are[... ]and Helen Angove’s Highbury, which starts out as a Jane Austen parody before descending into something a little darker, with a very Gothic explanation for the cultural stasis imposed on its main characters."

JD Burton on August 12, 2012 here.

"This may be my favorite story of the lot. [...] Unlike the appalling “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” (which I so wanted and expected to love) this story takes the Austen approach seriously, working within it and taking it on its own terms. [...] I adored this tale no end for its characters, its approach, and the way it sticks to its own set-up rather than undermining it."

Daniel Tessier on June 30 2012 here

"Helen Angove’s “Highbury” is another fine piece of writing. A Jane Austen parody, but with a wit and skill that most such works lack."


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