TALL TALES ON THE IRON HORSE - OUT OF PRINT
Originally published by Bewildering Press.
THE STORIES - REVIEWS
Tall Tales on the Iron Horse
"Clever surrealism and a superb punch line"
Nick Gevers - Locus
"It's one of those
stories you can't quite make sense of until the end, and even then you
have to think about it. Well worth the ride."
David Soyka - SF Site
"Multiple layers give 'Dolls' a weight that will beg you to re-read."
S R Turner - Tangent
such a brief story, Davies encompasses a wide range. 'The Defenders'
brought to mind a comment by John Clute (in reference to both James
Tiptree Jr and the underrated Kris Neville) 'A capacity to develop the
sometimes routine initial material of a story so that its implications
expanded constantly...' Tiptree did this with breathtaking ease, and
Davies displays a similar ability here"
Chris Markwyn Tangent
" 'The Defenders' by Colin P Davies expertly dissects colonialism in quintessential science-fictional terms"
Nick Gevers - Locus
"Short, effective, and providing a solid emotional payoff, this is a great short story"
Jason B Sizemore - Apex Digest
The Girl with the Four-Dimensional Head
" 'The Girl with the Four-Dimensional Head' by Colin P Davies is
excellent. This is not another goofy, pulpy tale, but a gritty sci-fi
drama with fully drawn characters, outstanding dialog, and an
interesting take on the old standby setting of Mars"
Michael Gabriel Bailey - Tangent
Cover art by Crystalwizard
THE COLLECTION - REVIEWS
"Its so easy to say that there is literally something for everyone
within the covers, but nothing could be more true. Colin won't beat you
up with heavy science but neither will he taunt you with ghosts and
ghoulies, but he will walk you damn close and absolutely entertain you.
Tall Tales on the Iron Horse is a fast entertaining read, well worth
the cost. You won't be disappointed"Paul Cole, Beam Me Up, Radio Station WRFR, Rockland
Or listen at Beam Me Up PodcastAnyone
with the courage to board the iron horse of science fiction and fantasy written by Davies will be left with a bitter taste of deep and dark thoughts. Readers will find much to consider and will find much to keep them reading
Vivian Zabel, Vivian's Site
Cory Doctorow wrote, “the easiest way to write
futuristic science fiction is to predict, with rigor and absolute
accuracy, the present day,” and Davies has succeeded admirably in this
task. But don’t let that distract you from the ageless elements in
these stories, which often confront darker aspects of the human heart
in ways illuminating and surprising. These stories share other common
elements: they are well-plotted, crisply told, and thoroughly engaging
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, The Fix
Mostly consisting of previously published science and
speculative fiction short stories, Tall Tales is a smart collection
provocative and complex. Many stories conceptualize the results of
genetic engineering, holographic technology, and a culture that needs
entertainment and stimulation......It brought
the movies Blade Runner and 2001, A Space Odyssey and a
where the created servant becomes the disillusioned master.
Jaimie Bell, Front Street Reviews The author’s imagination leads him to craft stories that take you into
futuristic tales that are often deeply troubling, complex, spell
binding and perplexing...The title seems innocuous; it lends itself to the image of stories with a warm, cozy fireside focus. Don’t be fooled.
Barbara L. Fielder, Armchair Interviews
Every so often, a book comes along that not only captures your
attention, but holds you under its power long after you have turned the
final page. Tall Tales on the Iron Horse, written by Colin P. Davies, is just that sort of book.
Joyce Anthony, Books and Authors
With an imagination sparked by that understated and deliberately dry British humor (well, humour, I suppose), Science Fiction writer Colin P Davies has crafted a wonderfully witty collection of fantastical stories titled, Tall Tales on the Iron Horse
Lyn Perry, Bloggin' Outloud
One of the best in the collection is the title piece, “Tall Tales on
the Iron Horse.” It is ambiguous and multi-layered enough to make you
muse after you’ve finished the last page. “The Hay Devils” is another
in the Bradburyesque vein.
Danielle L Parker, Bewildering StoriesActually, despite working within a more familiar genre paradigm, Davies
is looking to do the same thing that the various authors of Datlow’s
Del Rey anthology – question our assumptions about the boundaries of
reality, holding them up to examination from angles that skewer
conventional perception. In that sense, Davies’s tall tales share
similar ground with Lanagan’s cruel fairy tales. And, in their own
pulp-inspired way, provide highly entertaining “shock value.”David Soyka, Black Gate