Some recent Titan-flavoured review activity

8 04 2018

There have been a couple of recent reviews of my work in the last week or so. As is my wont, I’ll quote a snippet from each review, while referring you to the reviewer’s site for the full deal:


NZ author Barbara Howe (whom I met at Conclave 3 in Auckland last weekend) has reviewed Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body on her blog. She describes it as ‘a classic detective story with a savage, high-tech twist’.


And astrophysicist, writer, editor and book blogger Tsana Dolichva has contributed the first review of Wide Brown Land: stories of Titan on her blog. She concludes a detailed review to say ‘I highly recommend this collection to fans of science fiction, especially those intrigued by human life on Titan’.

(It occurs to me that I haven’t yet spruiked purchase options for the new collection. That, I’m hoping, will happen within the next day or so.)


Matters up for review

18 07 2017

First, a quick reminder that Peggy Bright Books is continuing to offer free review e-copies of Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body and of Edwina Harvey’s An Eclectic Collection of Stuff and Things …

which observation segues nimbly into an anouncement that a review of Matters Arising has been reviewed by tireless book-blogger (and author and editor) Tsana Dolichva. The complete review is now up at Tsana’s Reads and Reviews, but I’ll quote a brief sample here:

‘I highly recommend Matters Arising From the Identification of the Body to fans of science fiction and mystery/crime stories.’

In other publication-related news, my not-exactly-serious SF flash fiction piece ‘Good Intentions’ has been accepted by AntipodeanSF and will appear in issue 232 (November 2017).

In other other news, I’m currently reading Cat Sparks’ Lotus Blue, and it is marvellous. More details when I review it.

More ‘Use Only As Directed’ Reviewage

29 06 2014

There are nowhere near as many book blogger / astrophysicists in the world as there ought to be … but there are some, which is something we should be very grateful for. Tsana Dolichva is one such, and she recently posted, on her book blog, a detailed and positive review of Use Only As Directed. As is always the case, I’d encourage you to read the review in its entirety, but I feel compelled to excerpt just a few salient sentences from the review:

There is a wide variety of stories contained within; every story sticks to the theme, but there are a lot of very different interpretations. I appreciate the lack of homogeneity and the novelty of getting something completely different each time I picked up the anthology.

and “If you haven’t yet sampled a Petrie and Harvey anthology, this one would be a good place to start.

As well as some fairly in-depth general comments about the anthology, Dolichva’s review also offers her feedback on each of the stories. It’s always a good sign, I reckon, when different reviewers find different strengths to a book, and it’s gratifying to see that, while there is some overlap, this review picks a different group of favourites to that identified in Steve Jackson’s recent review.


If the reviews serve to spark your curiosity, I can point you towards the Peggy Bright Books page for the anthology’s purchase, or to Amazon’s page for the same purpose. The anthology’s authors, I’m confident, would thank you for your patronage: authors delight in being read (and, though I’m clearly biased, I’ll attest that these stories are certainly worthy of it).

I’m totally blogging this review

15 02 2014

Cover art by Tom Godfrey

The sagacious and book-devouring Tsana Dolichva, who does science for a living and, in her spare time, reviews an impressive range and quantity of speculative fiction books over at her Tsana’s Reads And Reviews book blog, has just posted a lengthy four-and-a-half star review of my collection Rare Unsigned Copy: tales of Rocketry, Ineptitude, and Giant Mutant Vegetables. Tsana’s review says so many good things about the book that I feel compelled to (a) repost it in its entirety and (b) blush. Instead, I will do neither, but shall modestly quote an isolated paragraph from the review:

All in all, I would definitely read more Simon Petrie stories. I recommend this collection to all fans of speculative fiction. Although most of the stories were science fictional, I’d say they were pretty accessible even to people who don’t usually read science fiction. (And a bunch were fantasy or somewhere in between.) Petrie doesn’t shy away from exploring untapped corners of common narratives, and when he sets out to write hard science fiction, you can be sure the details are spot-on. Highly recommended.”

If, having digested the excellent paragraph above, you find youself to be hungry for more (and why would you not be?), you can see the full review here.

Additionally, modesty (or something) compels me to suggest that the book is still available, in physical and e-book form from Peggy Bright Books, in e-form from Wizard’s Tower Books, and in e-form (Kindle only) from Amazon (for which the url rather charmingly garbles the title as ‘Unsigned Rocketry Ineptitude Mutant Vegetables’).

A review, of course, is always only one person’s opinion. But it’s still a nice thing to encounter a good one, particularly when it’s as detailed as this.