Amusing Book Reviews

12/16/2011: “Still, as an adult, I have yet to shed my love for all things societally juvenile. Unicorns. Backpacks. Pop rocks. And, yes, YA novels. Even the terribly written ones with flat plots and exhausted tropes, I hold close, as if protecting a child from the harsh reality of high-minded, fiction-reading, intellectual types. Give me drama! Give me angst! Fuel my tortured teenage soul!” More on Caroline Bock’s, LIE, here: Fringe Magazine.

7/7/2011: “Nebraska, to me, is a place people go for two reasons: to hide from the police in a corn field, or to receive an MFA in creative writing…..Which is exactly why it felt imperative to pick up A Catalogue of Everything in the World: Nebraska Stories, by Yelizaveta P. Renfro, winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award—I wanted to see the landscape through a lens in which I do understand: stories.” More here, at Fringe Magazine.

6/30/2011: Some stories don’t need a strong narrative. Some stories wash over you, under you, carry you with them until the tide lets go, and that doesn’t always mean when it reaches the shore. J.A. Tyler’s second novel, A Man of Glass & All The Ways We Have Failed, is a different kind of storytelling. More here: Fringe Literary Magazine.

6/23/2011:  “Think Brown Recluse. Think hand grenade. Think Bruce Lee. Similarly, Rohan’s streamlined sentences bite, detonate, and break a tough surface with what feels like a one-inch punch.” Ethel Rohan’s Hard To Say short story collection.  Fringe Literary Magazine 

4/27/2011: “While some stories, by nature, proved more interesting and mysterious, like attempting polyamory after nine years of ‘dry monogamy,’ the entire non-fiction collection, from start to finish, kept my full attention—so much that I stupidly missed a doctor’s appointment in the vigorous process.” More on Rad Dad (18) here: Black Heart Magazine

2/23/2011: “If Barry Smith’s novel, Only Milo, snagged a movie deal, its tagline would undoubtedly read, “In a world where ex-janitors store more than brooms in their closets…” and then would cut to a scene with the main character, 62-year-old Milo, cleaning up the blood and guts of his victims—and maybe dusting the blinds, just for old time’s sake.”  More on Only Milo, here: Black Heart Magazine

2/9/2011: “Rarely does poetry turn me on, but Jason Mashak‘s collection, Salty as a Lip, practically unbuttoned my cardigan.” More on Salty as a Lip here: Black Heart Magazine.

2/2/2011: “If you are a man who dresses up as a woman, you’ll like this book. If you are a woman who wishes she were a man who dresses up as a woman, you’ll like this book.” More on Jill Pangalo’s Let Me Entertain You here: Black Heart Magazine.

1/18/2011: “Forget the inventive, quirky technologies of Steampunk.  We’re going back to our barefooted grassroots.  Or, rather, going forward, post-industrialism, where words like “simplify” and “preservation” find a home (next to a lovely organic garden, void of pesticides and chemical processing plants, of course!).” More on Robert Stikmanz’ Prelude to a Change of Mind here: WriteByNight

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