Monthly Archives: April 2014

Bookslinger Update: “Look Who’s Morphing”

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Today’s story comes from Look Who’s Morphing by Asian Australian writer Tom Cho, published by Arsenal Pulp Press. Look Who’s Morphing is a funny, fantastical, often outlandish collection of stories firmly grounded in popular culture. Often with his family, the book’s central character undergoes a series of startling physical transformations, shape-shifting through figures drawn from film and television, music and books, porn flicks and comics. He is Godzilla, a Muppet, a gay white male stud, and Whitney Houston’s bodyguard; the Fonz, a robot, the von Trapp family’s caretaker, a Ford Bronco 4×4—and in the book’s lavish climax, a one-hundred-foot-tall guitar-wielding rock star performing for an adoring troupe of fans in Tokyo.

Throughout the stories, there is a pervasive questioning of the nature of identity, whether cultural, racial, sexual, gender, or all of the above, and the way it is constructed in a world filled with the white noise of pop culture. Look Who’s Morphing is a stylish, highly entertaining literary debut in which nothing—not even one’s body—can be taken for granted.

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Bookslinger Update: “Of Paradise”

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This week’s story comes from Paradise & Elsewhere by Kathy Page, published by Biblioasis. The rubble of an ancient civilization. A village in a valley from which no one comes or goes. A forest of mother-trees, whispering to each other through their roots; a lakeside lighthouse where a girl slips into human skin as lightly as an otter into water; a desert settlement where there was no conflict, before she came; or the town of Wantwick, ruled by a soothsayer, where tourists lose everything they have. These are the places where things begin.

New from the author of The Story of My FaceParadise & Elsewhere is a collection of dark fables at once familiar and entirely strange: join the Orange Prize-nominated Kathy Page as she notches a new path through the wild, lush, half-fantastic and half-real terrain of fairy tale and myth.

 

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Bookslinger Update: “Like a Rocket With a Beat”

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This week’s story is from Chicago Noir, edited by Neal Pollack (Downward Facing Death, Jewball and Alternadad) and published by Akashic Books. Chicago Noir is populated by hired killers and jazzmen, drunks and dreamers, corrupt cops and ticket scalpers and junkies and Joe Meno’s short story, “Like a Rocket With a Beat” is no exception.

It’s the Chicago that the Department of Tourism doesn’t want you to see, a place where hard cases face their sad fates, and pay for their sins in blood. These are stories about blocks that visitors are afraid to walk. They tell of a Chicago beyond Oprah, Michael Jordan, and deep-dish pizza. This isn’t someone’s dream of Chicago. It’s not even a nightmare. It’s just the real city, unfiltered.

Brand new stories by: Neal Pollack, Achy Obejas, Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, Adam Langer, Joe Meno, Peter Orner, Kevin Guilfoile, Bayo Ojikutu, Jeff Allen, Luciano Guerriero, Claire Zulkey, Andrew Ervin, M.K. Meyers, Todd Dills, C.J. Sullivan, Daniel Buckman, Amy Sayre-Roberts, and Jim Arndorfer.

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Bookslinger Update: “Femme Sole”

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9781933354910This week’s story is from Boston Noir, edited by the master of crime fiction Dennis Lehane (Mystic RiverThe Given Day). Here, Lehane extends his literary prowess to that of master curator. Today’s story “Femme Sole,” was written by Dana Cameron who has won multiple awards for her short stories, including the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity awards, and being shortlisted for the prestigious Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award.

In keeping with the Akashic Noir series tradition, each story in Boston Noir is set in a different neighborhood of the city—the impressively diverse collection extends from Roxbury to Cambridge, from Southie to the Boston Harbor, and all stops in between.

The Boston Noir anthology includes stories by: Dennis Lehane, Stewart O’Nan, Patricia Powell, John Dufresne, Lynne Heitman, Don Lee, Russ Aborn, Itabari Njeri, Jim Fusilli, and Brendan DuBois.

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