'A masterclass... not only a marvelously compelling exploration of a fantastical world, but a meditation upon the nature of fiction itself ... one of the best things Brooke has ever written.'—Adam Roberts on The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie
(Most recent edition: December 2010; infinity plus.)
A world where islands of rock float on a molten sea, a man whose son flies high while he can only watch, a seaside town held together by the belief of its inhabitants. Eight stories about strange changes and the strangely changed, each with a new afterword by the author of Publishers Weekly starred novels Genetopia and The Accord. Includes new story "The Horseman of Two Torrents, or..."
Queen of the Burn Plain
Riding the Serpent's Back
The Horseman of Two Torrents, or...
The Domegame and Mr P
The Art of Self-Abuse (free sample: complete story available online)
Beside the Sea
'I have read "Beside the Sea" perhaps four or five times since its original publication... It's a magical fantasy, a parable in the form of a rite-of-passage story, both frightening and bizarre... It's a story I come back to again and again, and one which I wish I had written myself - and there can be no greater recommendation than that.'
'It is wiser about youth and imagination than most other novels published today; and everybody, of whatever age, should read it...'
–Adam Roberts on The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie
'Brooke is a master story teller... another great collection from Keith Brooke, a writer who deserves wider recognition. I'd recommend it highly.'
–reader review at Amazon UK