This page is a list of reviews for Brent Knowles’ writing.
It’s a really neat idea, and the character that Knowles explores it through is someone that we can relate to and root for as he grapples with his failures, both to his family and his species
And Brent Knowles unique style was also awesome….reminded me of Blade Runner for some reason, which is great!
I don’t mind science fiction, but I’m not a huge fan, unless the writing is really good. Digital Rights kept me interested. I was hooked right away, and I didn’t stop reading until I finished, despite its being fairly long for a short story at 12K words. There are a number of really good things about the story.
What she finds is disappointing to her, but not surprising to us. Still, another good and very different story.
The narrator is the mind of a sexbot simulation, yearning for liberation. Fortunately, she is able to remotely control an electronic masturbator and is now able to meet the real world — which is not quite what she had expected.
“Stone Eater” is a meditation on folly, obsession, and sacrifice.
As the story goes on, we learn how Ongar ended up in his predicament and what becomes of him, and the entire story feels very emotionally honest and real for a work of fantasy (as good fantasy should). The world at large is hinted at in such a way that makes this story feel like part of a larger and realistic land that I would be interested in reading more about, but the story itself is nicely self-contained.
There’s something definitely spooky about Brian’s encounters with the ghosts, his family curse/mission. There’s also tragedy in his discovery of the lies that had shaped his life.
When Izzy left Earth to work on the solar station, she found challenges amid the native Offworlders
Obvious to see why this won a contest. Excellent world-building in a novella. Good heroine, interesting plot.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had the right mix of science fiction (robots, set in space, creepy quasi-‘net) with the psychological mind tricks that outstanding harder science fiction should play with your mind.
I have always admired authors who can write a good short story. Brent Knowles has written a really great short story in The Prophet and I understand that there are more based on his character The Wanderer
This story reminded me why I used to thrive on short stories. Great character, robust descriptions and a compelling look into the mind of a post-apocalyptic survivor in the digital age. Reminds me of a lot of Orson Scott Card’s short stories.
Knowles writes with a fresh outlook on sci-fi and has created a strange new world that sounds daunting even if it is far away.
From Hidden, I liked Erik Amundsen’s “Strawberry Ghoul”, a matter of fact story about a girl encountering ghouls, and Brent Knowles’s “The Monastery”
…throws mermaids and strange puritan women into an intriguing mix.
I also liked Claude Lalumiere’s ‘The Sea at Bari’ (Spring), about a man returning to Bari to encounter a childhood memory or obsession; Brent Knowles’ ‘The Ragman’s Vow’ (Summer), about a comic book writer whose character seems to come to life to help him battle his demons; and Marissa K. Lingen’s “Carter Hall Sweeps a Path”, which combines Tam Lin with curling
The stories of the artist Dan and his character Ragman are told in neat parallel with an ending that may be fantasy and may be luck…
‘A Ragman’s Vow’ by Brent Knowles is a wonderful tale of magical realism, and the best tale in this installment of On Spec. Dan is the creator of a comic book featuring Ragman, a dark superhero who draws his power from the misery of the slums…
…This story is not very heavy on fantasy but it’s perceptive about humans. The bleak setting and the hard life of a fishing village were well conveyed and the story was quite moving.
…and Brent Knowles’ gothic science-fiction ‘The End of the Road’ are stories that make me want to read more from both authors as soon as possible.
One fine example is the wonderfully wrought fantasy tale From The Sea by Brent Knowles…