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New Storyville Column is Live – Dissecting “Maker of Flight”

My new Storyville column is now up, and in this column, I dissect one of my favorite bits of short fiction, “Maker of Flight.” Why do I love this story? Partly because it has a sweetness at its center—it’s one of the few stories of mine I can actually read to my children. Every once […]

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Complete list of book reviews by Richard Thomas

This is a list of all of my current, live book reviews. It is in reverse chronological order by web site. Last updated 3/22/15. Entropy Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter Bird Box by Josh Malerman Spent by Antonia Crane The Nervous Breakdown In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods by […]

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Review of Volt by Alan Heathcock is now live at The Nervous Breakdown

Volt (Graywolf Press) by Alan Heathcock is a linked collection of short stories. It reminded me of Knockemstiff for sure, for its rural setting, and also Sarah Court for its families overlapping, fighting and loving. The testimonial of Benjamin Percy got my attention, but the emotional truths, the revelations and understandings, the prose and the […]

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Review of Sarah Court by Craig Davidson

Sarah Court (ChiZine Publications) by Craig Davidson was one of my favorite books of 2010. I’ve been reading Craig for years now, and am a big fan of The Fighter and Rust and Bone. Head on over to The Nervous Breakdown to read my review, but here’s a quick summary from the dust jacket. If […]

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