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Short stories

Signor Dido: Stories – Alberto Savinio , Richard Pevear (Translator and Intro)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Signor Dido feels himself borne along by the present as by a river. He loves those who share the same river with him, his river companions: he loves them out of solidarity, even those he hates. … Continue reading

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Memphis Noir – Laureen Cantwell and Leonard Gill (Editors)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “He played his trumpet for her, blew it soft so it rolled around her curves, pushed all that suede the wrong way and then smoothed it over again. And she sang for him, hummed at first … Continue reading

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Women with Big Eyes – Angeles Mastretta, (Translated from the Spanish by Amy Schildhouse Greenberg)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “A shiver ran down Paulina Trasloheros’s back. This man was horrible, excessive, outrageous. To exorcise him, she would have to commit a string of sins for which she could never repent. Not even when he decided … Continue reading

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The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters: Ten Tales – Laura Madeline Wiseman (Author), Lauren Rinaldi (Illustrator)

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “Is hunger who you’ll go to bed with tonight because there’ll be no dinner? Or is hunger not a person, not a sentient being who lives in the store with you, sleeps curled up by your … Continue reading

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Dogwalker – Arthur Bradford

(Reviewed by JD Jung) You know what it’s like when you first wake up from a weird dream, but you remember that it didn’t seem weird at all at the time?. That is, it seemed quite natural, then totally surreal … Continue reading

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Men Explain Things to Me – Rebecca Solnit

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “The shell of home is a prison of sorts, as much as protection, a casing of familiarity and continuity that can vanish outside. Walking the streets can be a form of social engagement, even of political … Continue reading

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Intimates and Fools Paperback – Laura Madeline Wiseman (Author), Sally Deskins (Illustrator)

(Reviewed by Cathy Carey) New styles of bras always swear they’ll save me. They like to lie. I’ve the stretch marks to prove it. Or they’ll come home with me to pinch my shoulders. Or they’ll dig red rings around … Continue reading

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More of This World or Maybe Another – Barb Johnson

(Reviewed by JD Jung) I’m usually critical of short stories. They tend to leave me unsatisfied, wanting more. I’m left unsure of what makes the characters tick, and what ultimately happens to them. So needless to say when I was visiting … Continue reading

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Busted Valentines and Other Dark Delights – Frank De Blase

(Reviewed by JD Jung) “‘Twas the night before the night before Christmas and Jack Frost was pissed.” That’s the intro to my favorite story, “The Night Before the Night Before Christmas” in Busted Valentines and Other Dark Delights. But what … Continue reading

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Philippine Speculative Fiction Volume 8

(Mo Francisco (Author), Laurence Roxas (Author), Kenneth Yu (Author), Gabriela Lee (Author), Andrew Drilon (Author), G. Justin Hulog (Author), Eliza Victoria (Author), Joseph De Guzman (Author), Dean Francis Alfar (Editor), Nikki Alfar (Editor)) (Reviewed by Melanie Hamilton) I like short … Continue reading

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