Monthly Archives: May 2014

Bookslinger Update: “Go Lightly”

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This week’s story comes from If I Would Leave Myself Behind by Lauren Becker, published by Curbside Splendor. The flash fiction stories in this collection examine urges for connection where friendships are negotiated and love is one-sided, imagined, absent, discovered, or spirals into madness.

These stories grasp to determine whether life can “come with fewer qualifications and be less equivocal,” a world where friendships are negotiated, love is one-sided, imagined, absent, or discovered, and where “going crazy is more subtle than you’d think.”

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Bookslinger Update: “Boardwalk Elvis”

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This week’s story comes from the debut collection of strange, darkly humorous stories from author Joseph Bates, published by Curbside Splendor.

Tomorrowland offers stories full of strange attractions and uncanny conceits, a world of freakish former child stars, abused Elvis impersonators, derelict roadside attractions, apocalyptic small towns, and parallel universes where you make out with your ex. At its core, the world of  Tomorrowland is our own, though reflected off a funhouse mirror–revealing our hopes and deepest fears to comic, heartbreaking effect.

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Bookslinger Update: “The Prize Jury”

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This week’s story comes from Novelists by C.P. Boyko, published by Biblioasis.  Novelists: the soul of an age, certainly. Brilliant? Perhaps. Yet aren’t they also doddering, petulant, pedantic, knockkneed, skittish, and thunderingly insecure—resentful, awkward, annoying—demanding, deluded, and vexingly indifferent to reality? New from short fiction devotée C.P. Boyko, Novelists is a comedy of manners (and manuscripts), rivalling Vanity Fair for its satirical wit- though not, mercifully, for its length.

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Bookslinger Update: “Isabelle and Colleen”

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Today’s story comes from We Were Flying to Chicago by Kevin Clouther, published by Black Balloon Publishing. In this striking debut collection, characters find unexpected moments of profound insight while navigating the monotony of daily life. Here we find a man who drives to the wrong mountain, a hubcap cleaner who moonlights as a karaoke star, and a deliveryman whose urgent letters have no willing recipient. While lulled by the deceptively simple rhythm of the ordinary, Kevin Clouther offers the instant before momentous change—the view over the cliff, the intake of breath before a decision, a glimpse of stark vulnerability, of faith and hope.

“Kevin Clouther’s collection of wry, funny, big-hearted stories is utterly satisfying and unexpected, like scratching an itch you didn’t know you had.”—Rebecca Johns

 

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Bookslinger Update: “The Tycoon and the Architect”

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Today’s story comes from the Gobble-Up Stories by Belgian author Oscar Mandel, published by Prospect Park Books. The collection is comprised of 46 short fables; the products of a life spent learning and thinking, these tales offer surprising insights on the human condition through animal allegories. Mandel’s wisdom shines through the glowing prose and intellectual complexity.

 

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