Book Review

Book Review

Dust Bunny City

by on February 24, 2017

Dust Bunny City Written by Bud Smith, Illustrated by Rae Buleri   I believe I will always find instances of men baring their emotional vulnerabilities to be beautiful. That is not to say that it…

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Sonata in K

by on February 22, 2017

Sonata in K by Karen An-Hwei Lee   Sonata in K is the debut novel by San Diego based poet Karen An-Hwei Lee. Naturally, much of Sonata in K feels exceedingly poetic at times –…

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Blood on Blood

by on February 16, 2017

Blood on Blood, by Devin Kelly   There is an awkward, uncomfortable history of politicians seeking to utilize the work of Bruce Springsteen to rally support during their campaigns.  Most notable was Ronald Reagan, most…

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Sing the Song

by on February 8, 2017

Sing the Song, by Meredith Alling Review by Linda Michel-Cassidy   Meredith Alling’s Sing the Song collects twenty-seven strange and muscular flash fictions. My second take on these stories was how well they are crafted,…

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Meet Me Here At Dawn

by on February 2, 2017

Meet Me Here At Dawn, by Sophie Klahr   One of the things about poetry that will never cease to fascinate me is its potential to activate all of the senses. I am not referring…

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Fish in Exile

by on January 25, 2017

Fish in Exile, Vi Khi Nao   Many people have their own techniques for dealing with trauma.  Some of these techniques are learned in the mouth of the dragon, born out of necessity and scars. …

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The Braid

by on January 18, 2017

The Braid, by Lauren Levin Review by Raul Ruiz   You don’t know me, so what’s my opinion worth to you? What could I possibly do to qualify my belief that this new book, The…

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The Warren

by on January 12, 2017

The Warren, by Brian Evenson   For a consumer of science fiction, the genre has become an increasingly bloated thing saturated with the grandiose and the absurd.  Most movies in the genre are shameless reproductions…

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Baloney

by on January 10, 2017

Baloney by Maxime Raymond Bock Translated by Pablo Strauss   Baloney is a new novella by emerging French-Canadian writer Maxime Raymond Bock, translated from the original French by Pablo Strauss. The book presents a fascinating…

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Bottom’s Dream

by on January 5, 2017

Bottom’s Dream, by Arno Schmidt Translated by John E. Woods   I have always been wary of books that demand attention. Garish covers, deliberately awkward page or font sizes, titles that sound like lines from…

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Flowers Among the Carrion

by on December 27, 2016

Flowers Among the Carrion: Essays on the Gothic in Contemporary Poetry, by James Pate   If you mention the word “Gothic” in many circles today, there is usually an automatic association with architecture such as…

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