Smashwords book reviews by Batsy

  • A Visit from the Duchess and other award-winning stories from the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Award on April 09, 2012

    I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of first-class stories. As with the best of speculative fiction the stories keep coming back to haunt my thoughts.
  • Stirring Winds on Sep. 21, 2012

    This is a beautiful collection of stories by Kelly Matsuura. Anyone who has spent time in Japan or admires Japanese culture will enjoy the feeling of 'mono no aware' Matsuura brings to the page in many of her stories. It's a kind of wistfulness, an awareness of beauty and its passing, and is probably strongest in the stories "The Smell of Peaches" and "Three Ballerinas". You'll feel great at the end of the book as the classy final story has an upbeat ending. I highly recommend this book.