Let us turn the tables.

I did an interview a few months back and it went live today. Some of my personal info is a little out of date, but what the world doesn't know can't hurt them. The interview questions are honest, and all the links are good. Check it out here:





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Book Review: Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out–with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes–to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious–and dangerous–asset. 

As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Lovethrows its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.


REVIEW:

Geek Love is the guts of a dysfunctional family. The Binewskis family not only looks dysfunctional on the outside, but within its ranks the siblings have a very common rivalry. A spiteful competition of sales between Arturo and the twins is constantly aired, and Arturo makes no attempt to conceal his disdain for Chick’s normal appearance and apparent favoritism from their father.
   
The story flashes back and forth between present day and the childhood of Oly. When her estranged daughter moves into her apartment building, she struggles with whether she should tell her about her true origins.

Most of the story is told from Oly’s point of view. She is an albino hunchback, and describes her outwardly appearance as not abnormal enough. The whole family describes how norms (the term they use for normal people) must have it rough since they will never be unique. This is the type of thinking is the basis of the story when Arturo offers norms a unique way for them to see the world.

The heart of the story is centered on love and all its many branches. It dives deep into the things people will do for love, and it displays the fallouts caused by jealously and greed. My only complaint would be the narrative voice came to me as emotionless, which seems to defeat the purpose, but overall the storytelling was unique and grips the reader’s attention. 


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Book Review: Snail by V. Ulea

Formed from memories of dreams of memories, Snail is journey of life, introspection, and familial connectitude. Its seven interconnected stories are bonded by mood, plot, a single set of characters, and heart felt emotion; yet separated in a very dream like fashion by time, space, and logic of reality. Beautifully adorned by the artworks of Irene Frenkel, this book is not simply a work to be read and considered, it is a texturized and exhilarating cosmic dance for all the senses.
REVIEW:
Snail is a unique and whimsical collection of seven short stories all tied together by the same characters appearing throughout the book. The stories have a dream-like quality and can be interpreted as surreal.

Each story is heavily influenced by life and family, but with a bizarre writing style that leaves them open to the reader’s perception. Life, death, grandparents, parents, growing old, and being born are all within Snail’s pages.

The striking aspect of this book is the physical book. I was intrigued by its black pages and white print. While V. Ulea weaves a web of inspiring stories, Irene Frenkel’s illustrations pull this storylette into completion. 

Yeah, this is happening.


She greeted me with a smile and a handshake.
We did the customary thing of reviewing the last time we'd seen each other.
Her smile stretched as she danced from room to room.
She showering me with compliments and gushed about my accomplishments.
Oohs and aahs were emitted once I showed her the tiny replicas of time.
Her smile never wavered when she said, “Expect disappointment.”
And so I’ve entered into another life experience... selling my house.

Yeah, it's going to be crazy for awhile around here. 


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Book Review: Rebirth by Shaun Eyles

Little Brennan, a sleepy town nestled deep in the woods. It's picturesque and peaceful. The type of town where neighbors forget to lock their doors and you can walk the streets at night. David thinks that he could live here forever. Then somebody built The Complex. 

Who ever thought life could change so quickly? 

A laboratory explosion. A scratch from a cat. A chance meeting in the dead of night. Are they innocent coincidences, or is the fate of humankind already decided? 

Friendships are formed and tested. David learns that even the innocent must bloody their hands and harden their hearts, for danger lurks around every corner and everything they once trusted and believed in has fallen apart. It’s a battle for survival, but they are not alone. 

A young girl caught in the explosion begins to hear a voice. Will she deliver its cruel message? 

A powerful man, a player of the The Game, discovers that the key to greatness is within his reach. How far will he go to snatch victory? 

A long lost race hungers for their Rebirth…… 

A horror with a sense of humor. Rebirth will make you laugh and rethink that leisurely after dark stroll.

REVIEW:

The opening of Rebirth starts with a catastrophic event in a secret laboratory. Something has gone wrong, and now the residents of a small town are beginning to act violently. Two teen boys are caught in the aftermath while curiously noising around.

The book felt more like a mystery and not the typical horror story, which I could have fell into, but the answers just appeared too quickly. The resolves didn’t feel elusive to the problem and they were discovered too fast in dialogue as the characters talked amongst themselves. The method hit me as unrealistic. Everything was too convenient, like deus ex machina, the long-discredited practice of introducing the proper god at the climactic moment. It didn’t give the reader much in the area of suspense.

Two of the lead characters are going through some type of physical change they believe to be vampirism, but the inner turmoil is few and far between, making you forget there is something amiss as they aimlessly wonder through the wilderness. The characters are confused about what is happening to them, and the people of the town, as they investigate.

The writing is well executed and there is an abundance of quirky metaphors. The sense that something larger is just beyond your grasp compels the reader to move forward through the story. Rebirth is story driven and just the beginning of a series for those looking for new tales amongst the vampire genre.


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Zombie Walk 2012 Dayton, Ohio

There was a lot of moaning and groaning in Dayton, Ohio last night at the 4th annual Zombie Walk. A constant ripple of demented humor ran rampant as the crowd not only cried for brains, but for bath salts... who knew? I became one of the living dead to stumble thru the streets with my fellow hoard. This was a last minute make-up job because I found out 18 hours before the event that it was happening. But more than anything, I had a great time, and that's all that matters.



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