A Review of Lincoln Michel’s Upright Beasts

A Review of Lincoln Michel’s Upright Beasts

Upright Beasts by Lincoln Michel Coffee House Press. 2015   Blurbs of Lincoln Michel’s Upright Beasts include the words “haunting” and “sinister.” His stories indeed have dark underpinnings, yet I finished this collection feeling more comforted than disturbed....
A Review of Ryan W. Bradley’s Winterswim

A Review of Ryan W. Bradley’s Winterswim

Winterswim by Ryan W. Bradley Civil Coping Mechanism. 2014 You’d think Ryan W. Bradley’s Winterswim could rake in a lot of dough. Consider this summary: Steven Long is a good kid with a long-time crush on Kate Stultz, the beauty who ditched their hometown of Wasilla,...
A Review of Blake Kimzey’s Families Among Us

A Review of Blake Kimzey’s Families Among Us

Families Among Us by Blake Kimzey Black Lawrence Press. 2014 Quirk is hard to do well. Magic realism and absurdist tropes can (and often do) serve as tools to avoid the exploration necessary to get inside characters’ heads. Because of this, I’m often on guard when I...
A Review of Elizabeth Mikesch’s Niceties

A Review of Elizabeth Mikesch’s Niceties

Niceties: Aural Ardor, Pardon Me by Elizabeth Mikesch Calamari Press. 2014 The narrator of Elizabeth Mikesch’s Niceties is not interested in explaining her life to you. She is only sometimes interested in thinning the fog between you and her, providing glimpses here...
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