"Thematically, the overall impression of this third Agog collection is a somewhat bleak one--there is a recurring sense of dislocation among the stories here, of protagonists not quite in synch with the worlds they inhabit; and a sense of pessimism seems to underscore a large number of the tales...
The best stories for me were the ones which gave the above-mentioned pessimism and dislocation the sharpest focus, either through tight, well-characterised relationship studies... or through vicious and powerful comedy--as in Ben Peek's witty rebuttal of censorship in R".
it's funny how i made that all look like it was about me, didn't i? i admit to being entirely self serving, as it is my livejournal, and the review is quite large. in addition to this, a few weeks ago i also got a mention in the australian by terry dowling for my piece in anthology Forever Shores which went "Other highlights include stories by Margo Lanagan, Marianne de Pierres and Ben Peek."
which is all good.