Reviews of Burning with Optimism’s Flames found online:

  • ‘“De Umbris Idearum” by Philip Purser-Hallard is the story I would have liked to have written out of all these [...] it ties together several themes from other stories in the collection very cleverly [...]’ – Andrew Hickey at Sci-Ence! Justice Leak!.
  • ‘Particular favourites include [...] Philip Purser-Hallard's “De Umbris Idearum”, a layered tale of Catholic priests past, present, and future coming to terms with an ideology which unpicks fundamental parts of their own religion, almost undoing the need for faith.’ – Richard Wright at Goodreads.
  • ‘With nested stories in the past, present and future, this closing story is one of the best in the book.’ – Daniel Tessier at Immaterial.

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