The titular story is the most compelling and memorable. Las Vegas for Vegans is a slick account of a desolate man’s final holiday to Las Vegas, with a thrilling conclusion that does what most short fiction fails to: shock.
Rebecca Starford, The Weekend Australian , December 1-2
To read Las Vegas for Vegans is to know that things are never as they seem, but I say this without reservation: A.S. Patrić is a writer on the up.
Will Heyward, Readings Monthly
A.S. Patrić is the sort of Aussie writer who need only rest his pen against a page and someone will throw an award his way. He’s bagged both the Ned Kelly and theBooranga and been published in pretty much every reputable lit mag in the country. It’s little surprise then that Las Vegas For Vegans, his second collection of short stories, is brimming with skilfully crafted nuggets of imagination and panache.
Bram Presser, Bait for Bookworms
So, does Patric succeed with the risks he takes? Indeed yes.
Lisa Hill, ANZ Lit Lovers
This is the second collection of short stories from Melbourne writer (and bookseller) A S Patrić, following last year’s The Rattler and Other Stories. In Las Vegas for Vegans, Patrić displays an extraordinary emotional range, moving from comic and sexy to wistful and despairing—often within a single story.
Jennifer Peterson-Ward, Bookseller + Publisher
Patrić proves himself to be in control of a wide range of story-telling styles. His tone and voice are consistent and authoritative, inspiring confidence in the reader. There is an undertone of sadness or bewilderment in many of them, with people trying to make sense of the life they find themselves in. There is darkness but there is also wit. The most critical recommendation however, is that these stories are page-turners … not only to get to the end of each story, but to see where you will be taken next.
Alicia Thompson, News Write, NSW Writers’ Centre
He can write. His little vignettes draw you into an uncomfortable place somewhere between the humdrum and the mystical. Odd things happen in a decpetively ordinary way. And vice versa.
Interview with A. S. Patric by Angela Meyer at: Literary Minded
Interview with A.S. Patric by Ryan O’Neill at: Readings