Archive for the “Book Review” Category

Ray Nessly Reviews Crossing the Lines

As he demonstrates in his outstanding story collection, Crossing the Lines, Tony Press is a keen observer of humankind. Perhaps it’s due to the Buddhist path that he follows, but as almost all reviewers point out, in so many words, Press’s stories have heart, they reveal us for what we are, they remind us of […]

Scott Waldyn Reviews The City, Awake by Duncan Barlow

It’s difficult to talk about The City, Awake by Duncan Barlow (published by Stalking Horse Press) without spoiling the mystery, but the novel is unlike any thriller I’ve read before. It’s dark, moody, and buried deep within the towering skyscrapers of a cityscape that seems larger than life, and it’s also a thoughtful exploration of the mind. In […]

James Claffey Reviews The Best Small Fictions 2016

Eclectic, compelling, and in places uneven, The Best Small Fictions 2016 presents a wide-ranging take on flash fiction, taking the reader from the woods of Michigan to Minnesota’s I-35 on a journey through the finest short fictions of the past year. Amongst the stand-out pieces are Justin Lawrence Daugherty’s “A Thing Built to Fly is […]

Ray Nessly Reviews “Nothing but the Dead and Dying” by Ryan W. Bradley

The people of Alaska are the subject of Ryan W. Bradley’s outstanding collection of short stories, Nothing But The Dead And Dying. The harsh environment is but another challenge for hard-working folks dealing with unfulfilling jobs, troubled relationships, illnesses, addiction, or worse, deadly violence. Bradley’s minimalist writing style pushes descriptions and scenery to the background […]

‘Pax Americana’ by Kurt Baumeister [Excerpt]

Excerpt from Pax Americana  Cambridge, Boston’s cross-river sister, home to Harvard, MIT, and the vast, resulting acreage of rundown real estate. Behind the wheel of a rented, blue Epic, Tuck was angling for the last space on the block, one directly in front of what looked like an old foundry. Built of red brick and […]

Brittany Warren Reviews Coffee House Lies by Carly Berg

My quest to review Carly Berg’s Coffee House Lies has been an intriguing and relentless encounter with perspective, language, and the sorcery that is flash fiction. The collection begins with the untethered short, “The Shirt Off His Back”, in which an ex-husband’s button-up work shirt returns to represent what could have been between his wife […]

Brittany Warren Reviews This Summer and That Summer by Sanjeev Sethi

In 2015, Bloomsbury embraced a refreshing work of literature. Immediately, it’s noticed that upon introduction—as firsts are important–the title of poet Sanjeev Sethi’s collection, This Summer and That Summer is engaging and suggests the polarity of perception. It doesn’t seek to identify with the mundane, humanesque practice of glossing over substance in favor of the […]