Book Review

Book Review

The Orchid Stories

by on November 2, 2016

The Orchid Stories, by Kenward Elmslie   If there is any hope of fully understanding what language and literature are capable of, then nothing can be held as sacred.  Not sacred in the sense of…

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Defiant Pose

by on October 27, 2016

Defiant Pose, by Stewart Home   Editor’s Note: This review contains NSFW material. Mary Louise Pratt introduced the definition of what she referred to as “contact zones” into the study of the critical theories of…

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Shelter in Place

by on October 25, 2016

Shelter In Place, by Alexander Maksik   In Alexander Maksik’s Shelter in Place, Joseph March is a recent college graduate with little ambition beyond bartending and having fun with his friends until he falls into…

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by on October 19, 2016

Reel, by Tobias Carroll   Tobias Carroll’s Reel is a fascinating observation on interconnectedness, cause and effect, and the absurdity of the arbitrary values we imbue upon moments of our lives. This novel shows a…

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The Walled Wife

by on October 11, 2016

The Walled Wife, by Nicelle Davis Review by CLS Ferguson Magic by division of threes. emp / ti / ness— worth / less / ness— rooms must be filled with sac / ri / fice—…

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The Wine-Dark Sea

by on October 6, 2016

The Wine-Dark Sea, by Mathias Svalina   There is a lot we take for granted.  This is not an indictment of anyone – in this age of information it is impossible for everything to stay…

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Blind Spot

by on October 4, 2016

Blind Spot, by Harold Abramowitz Review by Gretchelle Quiambao   There are novels that challenge your notions of conventional writing and there are novels that make you reflect on your own memories of past regrets and…

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Ford Over

by on September 30, 2016

Ford Over, by John Pluecker   If you listen to media coverage, or the insensate fear-mongering demagogues that get the most media attention, immigration is described as, at best, something that requires ephemeral and nebulous…

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Hardly War

by on September 27, 2016

Hardly War by Don Mee Choi   Hardly War is Korean-American poet Don Mee Choi’s latest offering and is a work that is boundless in its formal scope and the traumatic history it details. The…

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Here Lies Memory

by on September 13, 2016

Here Lies Memory, by Doug Rice   It doesn’t take long, when studying philosophy or the physical sciences, to be confronted with the subjectivity of reality.  We take in the world, the universe, through our…

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The Last Wolf & Herman

by on September 8, 2016

The Last Wolf, by Laszlo Krasznahorkai Herman, by Laszlo Krasznahorkai At the outset of this review, I must admit to a bias: I am predisposed in favor of audacity and the blending of chaos and symmetry. …

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