Reviews

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

* at Brandon Crilly (Sin and Toil)


And Brent Knowles unique style was also awesome….reminded me of Blade Runner for some reason, which is great!

Fantasy Fan at Amazon (Some We Eat and Some We Keep)


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.

Read review at Shark’s Short Story Reviews (Digital Rights)


What she finds is disappointing to her, but not surprising to us. Still, another good and very different story.

Sam Tomaino at SFRevu (Nikki 2.3)


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.

Lois Tilton at Locus (Nikki 2.3)


“Stone Eater” is a meditation on folly, obsession, and sacrifice.

Jeff Chapman at Jeff Chapman’s Writing (Stone Eater)


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.

reviewed by Andy Goldman at LITHICBEE (Stone Eater)


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.

reviewed by Lois Tilton at Locus (Touch the Dead)


When Izzy left Earth to work on the solar station, she found challenges amid the native Offworlders

Reviewed by Clare Deming at ScienceFictionMusing (Digital Rights)


Obvious to see why this won a contest. Excellent world-building in a novella. Good heroine, interesting plot.

Carol at Smashwords (Digital Rights)


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.

Krista at Amazon (Digital Rights)


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

Athene Five at Amazon (The Prophet)


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.

Joy R. Basham at Amazon (The Prophet)


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.

Sandra Scholes at SF Site (Digital Rights)


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”

Read review at Richard Horton’s blog (The Monastery)


…throws mermaids and strange puritan women into an intriguing mix.

Tony Owens at HorrorScope (From the Sea)


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

Read review at Richard Horton’s blog (A Ragman’s Vow)


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…

Eamonn Murphy at SFCrowsnest (A Ragman’s Vow)


‘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…

Jim Stratton at The Fix (A Ragman’s Vow)


…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.

Eamonn Murphy at SF Crowsnest (From the Sea)


…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.

Read review at Sovay’s livejournal (The End of the Road)


One fine example is the wonderfully wrought fantasy tale From The Sea by Brent Knowles…

Judy Darley gives a very favorable review at Essential Writer (From the Sea)


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