Reviews 6.3

At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson

At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson

Reviews, Vol. 6.3, Sept. 2012 Small Beer Press, Sept. 2012 ISBN: 9781931520805 Paperback, 300 pp., $16 Review by L. S. Bassen Kij Johnson doesn’t so much write science fiction/fantasy as metafiction, but whatever she’s doing, At the Mouth of the River of Bees is a […]

Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany, Ed. Jay Jennings

Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany, Ed. Jay Jennings

Reviews, Vol. 6.3, Sept. 2012 Butler Center Books, 2012 ISBN: 978-1935106500 Perfect bound, 380 pp., $27.95 Review by C. L. Bledsoe Charles Portis is widely considered “the greatest writer you’ve never heard of” by many devotees and just about anyone who’s read him. The author […]

Cataclysm Baby by Matt Bell

Cataclysm Baby by Matt Bell

Reviews, Vol. 6.3, Sept. 2012 Mudluscious Press, 2012 ISBN: 978-0983026372 Perfect bound, 118 pp., $12 Review by Peg Alford Pursell Like Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road, Matt Bell’s novella Cataclysm Baby explores post-apocalyptic fatherhood. In fact, one of the novella’s epigraphs comes from The Road. […]

The Canopy by Sandra Marchetti

The Canopy by Sandra Marchetti

Reviews, Vol. 6.3, Sept. 2012 MWC Press, Feb. 2012 ISBN: 978-0-983411-62-8 Paperback, 27 pp., $8 Review by Lucy Biederman Sandra Marchetti’s chapbook The Canopy (Midwest Writing Center Press, 2011) is about looking closely and seeing honestly. Marchetti’s prosody—the tools of which typically include a two-beat […]

Standing at the Crossroads by Charles Davis

Standing at the Crossroads by Charles Davis

Reviews, Vol. 6.3, Sept. 2012 The Permanent Press, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-57962-213-8 Hardcover, 159 pp., $26 Review by L. S. Bassen Though its title comes from Jeremiah (6:16 NIV): This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, […]

Hiking to Siberia by Lawrence Millman

Hiking to Siberia by Lawrence Millman

Reviews, Vol. 6.3, Sept. 2012 Sunnyoutside, Oct. 2012 ISBN: 978-1-934513-37-8 Perfect bound, 118 pp., $16 Review by Kara M. Bollinger A mycologist and an author of fifteen books, Lawrence Millman has traveled extensively in the Arctic, South Pacific, and Asia. Millman’s diverse interests and experiences […]

Fractured West, Issue 3

Fractured West, Issue 3

Reviews, Vol. 6.3, Sept. 2012 Fractured West, 2012 ISSN: 2043-0094 Perfect bound, 43 pp., £4.99 Review by Christopher Bowen With a handful of English pounds from the Gillian Purvis Trust (an award given to help students in the creative arts in Glasgow in their third, […]

Hey, It’s America by Ryan Ridge

Hey, It’s America by Ryan Ridge

Reviews, Vol. 6.3, Sept. 2012 Illustrations by Genevieve Lawrence Rust Belt Bindery, 2012 Business cards 3.75″ x 2.5″ x 1.5″ (in box), unnumbered, $28 Review by Thomas Michael Duncan Before analyzing the style, narrative, or characters of Hey, it’s America, a physical description of the […]

The Swamp Monster at Home by Catherine Carter

The Swamp Monster at Home by Catherine Carter

Reviews, Vol. 6.3, Sept. 2012 Louisiana State University Press, 2012 ISBN: 978-0807142806 Perfect bound, 80 pp., $18.95 Review by C. L. Bledsoe Who is the swamp monster? Is it the animal that first considers the passage of time in Carter’s opening poem, “The Dawn of […]

This Isn’t Who We Are by Barry Graham

This Isn’t Who We Are by Barry Graham

Reviews, Vol. 6.3, Sept. 2012 Achilles Chapbooks, Oct. 2012 Perfect bound, unnumbered, $6.50 Review by Andrew Powers Barry Graham’s This Isn’t Who We Are collects 23 of his short stories and flash fiction, a few of which I recognized from their previous publication in various […]