Category Archive: Book Review

D-Tales: This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

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When the patriarch of the Foxman family dies, his four spawn are summoned to their childhood home to sit shiva with their mother. That is seven days of mourning, sitting in low chairs,… Continue reading

D-Tales: The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

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It was said in 1878 that certain physiological traits defined a criminal – “a forward thrust of the lower face, broad cheekbones, low forehead, and dark, abundant hair.” By that logic, Marie van… Continue reading

Chloes by Dean Garlick

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I devoured this engaging little mystery in a matter of hours. Chloes, a novella by Montrealer Dean Garlick, is the story of a woman whose live-in boyfriend, Anson, inexplicably disappears one day. As… Continue reading

D-Tales: Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

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Everyone says drugs are bad for you, and that’s mostly true… unless you’re trying to breed a freak show. Having inherited a less than profitable carnival, that is exactly what Al and Lily… Continue reading

D-Tales: Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

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There’s something beautiful about the death row inmate who imagines golden horses running through the prison beneath him and magical birds looming just outside. The main character in Rene Denfeld’s The Enchanted is… Continue reading

D-Tales: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

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Jonas Jonasson’s The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is about a man whose life is just as long as the title. On his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson decides he… Continue reading

D-Tales: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan is one of the most captivating books I’ve read in a long time… but then again I’m partial to book cults. The story begins with Clay… Continue reading

D-Tales: First There Wasn’t, Then There Was by Troy Blackford

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First There Wasn’t, Then There Was. Ain’t that the truth! (See blank page that preceded messy scribbles which became this review.) Troy Blackford’s novella is the weird tale of four slackers who become… Continue reading

Expozine 2013 In Review

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Remember when we made some zines and set up a table at Expozine last November? As with the 2012 edition, in which we discovered a plethora of fantastic small-scale publications and enormously talented… Continue reading