Posts Tagged ‘ Requiems for the Departed ’

Diarmaid and Grainne by Adrian McKinty from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 6, 2010
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Diarmaid and Grainne by Adrian McKinty from Requiems for the Departed – review

reviewed by Matthew Funk When I was eight years old I read the novel The High Deeds of Finn MacCool by Rosemary Sutcliffe. The most compelling part of the story for me was the tale of Diarmaid and Grainne. I’ve never forgotten it and I liked the idea of putting a contemporary spin on...

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Bog Man by John McAllister from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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Bog Man by John McAllister from Requiems for the Departed – review

reviewed by Elizabeth White When the editors of Requiems for the Departed asked me to write a story for the anthology, an image of a bogman immediately clicked into my head. And that’s where it stayed for month after month until near the deadline. All I had to go on was the fact that...

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Red Milk by T.A. Moore from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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Red Milk by T.A. Moore from Requiems for the Departed – review

reviewed by Clare Toohey I love mythology, all kinds of mythology, anyone who has dipped into the world I created in The Even won’t be surprised to read that. I have well-thumbed copies of The Heroes’ Journey and The Masks of God by Campbell on my shelves and I am fascinated by the similarities...

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A Price to Pay by Maxim Jakubowski from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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A Price to Pay by Maxim Jakubowski from Requiems for the Departed – review

reviewed by Steve Weddle Mea culpa. I’ve only been to Dublin twice. The first time was a fleeting visit which involved taking a cab from the airport to the railway station and then a train to County Westmeath to work with J. P. Donleavy on a book he was writing for the publishing house...

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Queen of the Hill by Stuart Neville from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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Queen of the Hill by Stuart Neville from Requiems for the Departed – review

reviewed by Keith Rawson Queen Macha wasn’t a difficult choice for my story. After all, my home town of Armagh is named after her. So Ard Macha, meaning Macha’s high place, becomes Queen of the Hill, and she allows me to set a story in my own neck of the woods for the first...

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The Fortunate Isles by Dave Hutchinson from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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The Fortunate Isles by Dave Hutchinson from Requiems for the Departed – review

reviewed by David Cranmer I think the first time I heard of Tir-na-nÓg was on the sleeve notes of The Book of Invasions by Horslips. That would have been back in the late 70s, and Tir-na-nÓg wasn’t actually mentioned by name, if I remember correctly, but the story of the Tuatha Dé Danann outlined...

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First to Score by Garbhan Downey from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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First to Score by Garbhan Downey from Requiems for the Departed – review

reviewed by Sandra Seamans As a ten-year-old Horslips fan, I’d become enthralled by the legend of Diarmaid and Grainne after hearing their take on the story in the song Warm Sweet Breath of Love (Book of Invasions, 1976). So, almost thirty years on, in a bid to leave a subtle Celtic stamp on my...

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The Druid’s Dance by Tony Bailie from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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The Druid’s Dance by Tony Bailie from Requiems for the Departed – review

reviewed by Chris Rhatigan The legend of Tuan Mac Carrell is found in an 11th century manuscript called Lebor na hUidre (The Book of the Dun Cow). Tuan tells a Christian monk that he was born 2,000 years earlier and witnessed many of the waves of invaders who came to ancient Ireland — the...

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Hats off to Mary by Garry Kilworth from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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Hats off to Mary by Garry Kilworth from Requiems for the Departed – review

reviewed by Chris Rhatigan The Irish goddess Macha once agreed to marry a farmer whose first wife had recently died. The farmer took Macha to a horse race and there fell into the trap of bragging that his new wife could run faster than the king’s horses. The king was furious and ordered Macha...

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Sliabh Ban by Arlene Hunt from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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Sliabh Ban by Arlene Hunt from Requiems for the Departed – review

reviewed by Naomi Johnson Was there ever a more misunderstood woman than poor Queen Maeve, Queen of Connacht? All she wanted was a loan of The Brown Bull of Cooley for one measly year so that she could be equal in stature to that of her boastful husband, King Ailell, who owned the renowned...

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She Wails Through the Fair by Ken Bruen from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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She Wails Through the Fair by Ken Bruen from Requiems for the Departed – review

reviewed by Jedidiah Ayres I chose the banshee because my father, who was the most sceptical and cynical of men, truly believed he’d seen the banshee before his mum’s death and the story always stayed in my mind. And he was a man who never took a drink his whole life! –Ken Bruen What...

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Fisherman’s Blues by Brian McGilloway from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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Fisherman’s Blues by Brian McGilloway from Requiems for the Departed – review

Reviewed by Jen Forbus The myth of Finneagas is one that has always stuck with me and, as may be evident from the story I wrote using it, it is the one key incident that really stood out; the blistering of the fish skin and the nature of accident. I also liked the idea...

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The Red Hand of Ulster by Sam Millar from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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The Red Hand of Ulster by Sam Millar from Requiems for the Departed – review

Reviewed by Chris F. Holm Of all the bloody scenes in Ireland’s past, none was as personal as The Red Hand of Ulster when the High King, O’Neill, and a man named Dermott both wished to be king of that coveted piece of Ireland. The High King suggested a horse race, and first to...

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Children of Gear by Neville Thompson from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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Children of Gear by Neville Thompson from Requiems for the Departed – review

reviewed by Patti Abbott I liked the Children of Lir, as a child. I never was really into the folklore but I liked that one. For me to totally relate to most things I have to bring them back to what I know. So in this day and age I reckon that three children...

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Hound Of Culann by Tony Black from Requiems for the Departed – review

October 1, 2010
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Hound Of Culann by Tony Black from Requiems for the Departed – review

reviewed by Nigel Bird I first heard about Cuchulainn growing up in Galway in the 1980s and the tales have stayed with me to this day; that’s why I chose to write about him. That and the fact that I like getting dogs into stories … dogs in crime fiction rule! –Tony Black From...

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Requiems for the Departed

October 1, 2010
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Requiems for the Departed

A couple of years back when I was writing for BSC Review I was a part of a review project where each reviewer read and wrote on one story in a collection/anthology. It was a great way to cover a collection and a lot of fun to be a part of. Recently Akashic Books...

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