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This is such a fascinating collection of essays that touch upon important moments—of different sizes—that help illustrate Russo's points on his life and career throughout the years. Down-to-earth and unassuming—like his fiction—I loved every page. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell
When it comes to living with death we have it all wrong here in the west (specifically the U.S. and the U.K.). We live with it everyday, share the same air and yet we ignore and push it aside like some evil obnoxious step-child we'd prefer never existed. And that is what makes life much harder for us whenever death decides to come to dinner. Schillace addresses this conflict and explores other cultures and newly emerging practices to pose new ideas and new means of accepting and celebrating this fundamental aspect of existence in our lives. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell
Four novellas containing some of King's finest work—Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption and The Body (aka Stand By Me), boasting deep and engrossing tales which stray away from King's horror roots and off into a variety of literary fields such as coming-of-age, thriller and crime fiction. Some relay characters who reach a sort of breaking point, some end well while others, well—don't. Some are peculiar and a little surreal, but never overstepping. Each story feels deep and personal with subtle moments where characters get in touch with themselves and the strange journeys they're on. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell
All hail the smiling god! Narrated with an absurdist wit, this tale--based on the famous Welcome to Night Vale Podcast--finds mystery right at the center where science and faith collide. Places and people all around the strange town of Night Vale begin to disappear into the earth, leaving large holes in their place that lead to. . . . a weird hoax? A new scientific discovery? Or the smiling god? With laughs and intrigue on every page--no joke--this town and its many diverse characters will have you begging to revisit this surrealist wonderland over and over again. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell
At times it reads like a painting in motion, with a looming sense of insanity that rises from the underbelly like a fog rolling in from the sea.
This is Fitzgerald at the height of his power, at the end of a thinning rope, pouring out his heart and soul into what has since been revealed to be the tragedies of his own life masquerading as fiction.