Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The War Is Language: 101 Short Works (Nath Jones)

Overall: 3
  • Content: 2.5/5
  • Originality: 4/5
  • Language: 2.5/5
  • Credibility: 3/5
The War Is Language: 101 Short Works by Nath Jones

The War is Language: 101 Short Works is a compilation of ultra shorts that culminates with absurdest letters to a fake advice columnist. These pieces exist at story's amorphous limit of spoken word and deconstruction.

As a whole, this high-impact triptych of prose poetry and flash fiction probes identity in experience. The first and second sections of the book explore memory and dichotomy respectively by focusing on the impressions of a woman and a soldier as 21st-century Americans. The book’s third section, letters to a fake advice columnist, is a sarcastic interaction with an absurd existential authority figure. The book calls into question our post-post-modern establishment of anti-authority conformists.

The War is Language: 101 Short Works is the first in an e-book series, On Impulse, which explores the spectrum of narrative.
Genre: General Fiction,
Humor, Nonfiction
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The War is Language is a collection of short pieces, ranging from absurd, fictional vignettes to stories from the author's own life. There are thematic elements tying individual sections together, though the work as a whole is designed to make one question the bandwagon approach to rebellion and the way that we see the status quo.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Opposing Inertia

Hello, my lovelies! It's been a while, so I thought I'd pop in a blogger's note to let you know that yes, I am still reading. It's been a crazy two weeks, involving a collective twenty-one hours of driving (solo), two rambunctious tykes (not mine), a job interview (scary), and lastly, a new job (fabulous). After over three months of post-graduation unemployment, I can't even begin to describe the relief. Just thought I'd share the good news. With the economy being the way it is, maybe it can offer someone else hope.

Now the bad other news: over the next few weeks, I'll be packing up my life and moving across several states. I'll still be reading and blogging whenever possible, but it's going to be a hectic time. Please bear with me during this transition. After two and a half decades of school, joining the rest of the grown-ups in the workaday world is a large and wonderfully terrifying step.

Wish me luck!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Death Line (Geraldine Evans)

Overall: 4.1
  • Plot: 4.5/5
  • Originality: 4.5/5
  • Language: 3.5/5
  • Believability: 4/5
Death Line by Geraldine Evans

Jasper Moon, internationally renowned ‘seer to the stars’, had signally failed to foresee his own future. He is found dead on his consulting-room floor, his skull crushed with a crystal ball and, all, around him, his office in chaos.

Meanwhile, Ma Rafferty does some star-gazing of her own and is sure she can predict Detective Inspector Joe Rafferty’s future – by the simple expedient of organizing it herself. She is still engaged on her crusade to get Rafferty married off to a good Catholic girl with child-bearing hips. But Rafferty has a cunning plan to sabotage her machinations. Only trouble is, he needs Sergeant Llewellyn’s cooperation and he isn’t sure he’s going to get it.

During their murder investigations, Inspector Rafferty and Sergeant Llewellyn discover a highly incriminating video concealed in Moon’s flat, a video which, if made public, could wreck more than one life. Was the famous astrologer really a vicious sexual predator? Gradually, connections begin to emerge between Moon and others in the small Essex town of Elmhurst. But how is Rafferty to solve the case when all of his suspects have seemingly unbreakable alibis?
Genre: Mystery
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Originally published in 1995, Death Line is the third installment of the long-running Rafferty and Llewellyn detective series, recently re-released in electronic format. This time, they set about solving the murder of Jasper Moon, a well-known "seer to the stars". With high profile clients, wealthy business partners, and disgruntled employees all under suspicion, it's up to this duo to discover the truth behind this theatrical man's death. Along the way, they'll face their own prejudices and learn the value of an open mind.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

33 Days: Touring In A Van, Sleeping On Floors, Chasing A Dream (Bill See)

Overall: 4.4
  • Content: 4/5
  • Originality: 5/5
  • Language:3.7/5
  • Credibility: 5/5
33 Days: Touring In A Van, Sleeping On Floors, Chasing A Dream by Bill See

For 33 days in the summer of 1987, Divine Weeks set off on tour in a beat up old Ford Econoline Van, sleeping on strangers' floors, never sure they'd make enough gas money to get them to the next town. This deeply personal, coming of age, on the road memoir follows critically acclaimed 80s indie alt rock band Divine Weeks' first tour of the U.S. and Canada.

Liberated from alcoholic upbringings and rigid cultural constraints, all they have is their music and each other's friendship. The road is filled with yuppies, brothels, riots, sleeping on floors, spiked drinks, DJs with no pants, and battles with racism.

They set out on the road to discovery to drink in all they could and maybe sell a few records. They grew up instead.
Genre: Nonfiction
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In the summer of 1987, LA-based band Divine Weeks went on its first (inter)national tour. Instead of limousines and entourages and fancy hotels, however, they lived out of the back of an increasingly fetid van, slept on strangers' floors, and, on occasion, begged for food. Yet for the band, it was more than music: it was an opportunity to live. Lead singer Bill See's 33 Days lets us share in the experience.


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