fiction

Secluded Shelf 5 — The 2015 Edition

The time has come for another new blog feature that promises to occur regularly, but could just as easily fall into the online trash can as prey to my capricious whim! Thus, without further delay, I present Secluded Shelf 5 — an annual list of 5 texts that I feel are criminally undervalued or have […]



Review: Wool Omnibus

Title: Wool Omnibus Author/Editor: Hugh Howey Review: Mixed opinions on this one. It’s difficult to commit far into the positive or negative end of the spectrum. I’m inclined to give it a dead-center rating. Maaaaybe just under center. I liked the first and second parts; thought the third was OK; and was quite ready to quit […]



Supreme Predatory Strangeness

One thing that I like about Smashwords is that I can sift through a lot of ebooks and usually find something entirely new, really novel/fresh, and (sometimes) very well-written. It’s a common critique of these sites that a person is taking a big gamble, likely to find a vast quantity of garbage, but little substance. Recently, though, […]



Interiority

That’s a heavy concept. And this became one of those sticking points for me—something that I found myself having strong opinions about, even before I had spent a lot of time examining the precise nature of those opinions. Somehow, my mind had started to position itself in relation to interiority, but at a point in […]



Review: Against the Workshop

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: Against the Workshop Author/Editor: Anis Shivani Review:  This book, and my subsequent reaction to it, came as a bit of a surprise. I decided to read it, thinking that the author’s approach/opinion would resonate with me. Surprisingly, it didn’t. At all. I found myself disagreeing strongly with a lot […]



Review: The Terror

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: The Terror Author/Editor: Dan Simmons Review:   I really enjoyed this book. It’s a great novel overall — outstanding, realistic details; a deep sense of dread. The inhospitable environment of the Arctic really brings out the possibilities for despair and desperation. The depictions of slow death by scurvy alone could qualify […]



Review: The Art Forger

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: The Art Forger Author/Editor: B. A. Shapiro Review:   Art history meets Dan Brown. Or maybe John Grisham. I’m unsure. It’s one of those writers, or someone similar. Historical mysteries, ill-conceived heists, and courtroom shenanigans. The books feels like it wants to be all things to all people. Some drama, some […]



Review: The Death of Bunny Munro

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Title: The Death of Bunny Munro Author/Editor: Nick Cave Review: This book left me with a very complex and conflicted set of reactions. Initially, I didn’t care for it. It seemed aimless, indulgent, and without any real purpose. And, after it seemed not to have any compunction about continuing in […]



Hey! New Fiction Over Here!

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Psst! Your attention, please! I’ve posted a piece of fiction that is now available for free download! Marzitrepan