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Eighteen writers from both sides of the Atlantic come together in this genre-bending collection of new writing.

Meet Luís da Silva and get (thickly) settled. Get drunk in Cornwall or lose yourself in the Warren. Find out why Pete’s remote control keeps disappearing, how Gary’s cat found heaven and what lurks behind Jay’s mirror.

Subject Verb Object is a unique anthology of new writing from first-timers and award-winners. It’s a moveable feast that sweeps across time and space. A joint exploration in creativity. We hope you enjoy it.

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Eighteen writers from both sides of the Atlantic come together in this genre-bending collection of new writing.

Meet Luís da Silva and get (thickly) settled. Get drunk in Cornwall or lose yourself in the Warren. Find out why Pete’s remote control keeps disappearing, how Gary’s cat found heaven and what lurks behind Jay’s mirror.

Subject Verb Object is a unique anthology of new writing from first-timers and award-winners. It’s a moveable feast that sweeps across time and space. A joint exploration in creativity. We hope you enjoy it.

3 reviews for Subject Verb Object

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kai Bloodsworth

    I was asked by author Dane Cobain to review this book called Subject Verb Object. Subject Verb Object is a self-proclaimed “Anthology of New Writing”. It is a collection of short stories and poems from 18 different new-style authors. The whole concept and idea of this book is a format that I’ve found myself to love. Each of the included writers was asked to submit a short writing prompt which included a Subject, a verb and an object (e.g. Philip picked up the magnifying glass). These prompts were then shuffled and randomly assigned to the writers who were then tasked with creating a short piece of writing based on that prompt. The pieces in this anthology range from love to tragedy, mystery to discovery. Here are a few of the stories I enjoyed the most.

    Dane Cobain – When The Mirror Clouds

    Prompt: “Jay Pulled At The Mirror” (J.G.Clay)

    One of my favourites came from co-editor Dane Cobain. One of the first things I enjoyed whilst reading this was how literal Cobain took the prompt. A few of the authors use the prompt as a kind of metaphor for their writing which can be fun to try and figure out how the story stems from it but can also prove to be frustrating. Cobain’s story, on the other hand, simply includes a character named Jay and a Mirror. Simple. This passage follows therapist Jay’s struggle with spectrophobia, a disappearance and “the weirdness”.

    Eileen Maksym – The Judgement Of Little Bug

    Prompt: “A Dog Takes Umbridge” (Clive Whitelock)

    This short story is probably my favourite out of the whole anthology. If I had to write my own blurb for this entry I’d put “A mysterious sci-fi entry, taking a real life event and adding their own twist on it. The Judgement Of Little Bug follows “The Watchers” as they observe humans developing through time until they do something they never thought any form of life would be capable of”. I’m a big fan of sci-fi media so this story was immediately a hit for me. Add that to the excellent writing style of Eileen Maksym, the speed that the story takes is ideal to follow, and I would be interested in reading a novelized version of this concept. Come on Eileen, give the people what they want!

    Heba El-Husseini – Tom Ate The Cheese

    Prompt: “Tom Ate The Cheese” (Oli Jacobs)

    My third and final favourite entry into this anthology is Tom Ate The Cheese. First impressions of the title and prompt made me think “oh, this will just be a silly, comical story” but I was wrong. Without giving too much away, a 3 word summary of this story would be regret, conflict and decision. Such an eye opening piece about how the wrong decision can greatly affect your life. I wouldn’t want to say much more because this is one of the shortest stories in the book but one of the best.

    So would I recommend this book? Yes, without a doubt. It’s great for both major and casual readers alike. With a whole range of writing styles and topics, you are bound to find a few that you just adore. A lot of these stories I would love to see made into a full novel. Especially The Judgement of Little Bug.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Joy Corkery

    Subject Verb Object: An Anthology of New Writing comprises eighteen short stories compiled by Dane Cobain. Each author provided a short writing prompt (a subject, verb and object in a short sentence) which were randomised and distributed until each contributor received something different from what they submitted. The magic recipe for a collection of really great stories!

    I usually tend to shy away from short stories because they just don’t give me the enjoyment that a fully blown novel does. But this was different. It brought me a new appreciation for the craft. It fascinated me just how much the authors were able to say in such a short amount of space, and how relatable the stories were considering their beginning as one abstract sentence. I think what really attracted me, though, was the different writing styles of the authors (I had only read short story collections from one author previously, which often led to dull reading).

    Of course, there will be some stories which you won’t like. I found myself skimming through a couple but, overall, there is something for everyone. He swallowed the world by Alex Kimmel was skillfully told by bouncing between two characters, while When the mirror clouds by Dane Cobain was chilling. But, my favourite story just had to be The goat ate the world by Oli Jacobs. Jacobs really grasped not only the desperation of depression but also what it feels like to be the person on the outside, the one looking on at someone in pain and not being able to help.

    This book took me just 3 days to read – a sure-fire way to know you are onto a good thing! If you are looking for something a bit different, something that will keep yourself on your toes, you have to check this out. Short story lovers won’t be disappointed.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    JD DeHart

    Every time I pick up a book by author Dane Cobain, it seems that I find something new. That’s no exaggeration or cliche. The latest book I have had the pleasure of reading is Subject Verb Object, an anthology of writings.

    Cobain contributes here, as well as several other authors. Each entry takes its inspiration from an active voice sentence (clever, really). As with many anthologies, readers are sure to find something of interest to them here. The writing that appears has been screened by Cobain, acting here as editor, and are quality reads.

    I will point out, in particular, Chico Kidd’s entry, “Blood and Dust,” definitely an attention-getting and actively written selection. It’s by no means the only powerful choice here, but one that stands out.

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