My review of Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye by Paul Tremblay is live at The Nervous Breakdown

I’ve been a fan of Paul Tremblay for a couple years now. It started with a story here, a story there, and then I picked up some of his crime/mystery work. But I don’t think I really became a serious fan until I absorbed his powerful writing in the collection, In the Mean Time. It blew me away. Ever since, I’ve been a diehard fan. He’s a gifted author, but also an editor, and very supportive of other authors as well. This title, Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye (ChiZine Publications) is a satirical look at a dystopian society where Farm and City dominate the landscape. The powerful element of satire is truth, and hidden behind the humor is a dark, layered and touching story. Check out the full review for more information.

My review of Zazen by Vanessa Veselka is now up at The Nervous Breakdown.

My review of Zazen by Vanessa Veselka (Red Lemonade) is now up at TNB. Great book, great new press. Funny, touching, sad, frightening, this book puts you through the emotional wringer. Well worth the ride.

The Avain Gospels by Adam Novy

My book review for The Avian Gospels by Adam Novy is now LIVE at The Nervous Breakdown. This was a wild ride, a surreal, dystopian book, issued in two beautiful volumes by Short Flight / Long Drive Books. I don’t know if you’d call this a division or an arm of Hobart, but whatever you call it, the people over there (Aaron Burch and Elizabeth Ellen) are doing great things. Big World, by Mary Miller, another of their releases (2009) was just fantastic.