Reviews 8.2

Turtle and Dam by Scott Abrahams

Turtle and Dam by Scott Abrahams

Reviews, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, April 2014 ISBN: 978-1-939987-18-1 Paperback, 190 pp., $14.99 Review by Sue Ellis Turtle and Dam, Scott Abrahams’ debut novel, is a story of modern-day China prised from the brain of Turtle Chen, a twenty-something […]

Scattered Vertebrae by Jerrold Yam

Scattered Vertebrae by Jerrold Yam

Reviews, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 Math Paper Press, 2013 ISBN: 978-981-07-3060-4 Paperback, 124 pp., $16 Review by David Rawson Jerrold Yam’s Scattered Vertebrae begins with a reference to the Biblical prophet, Ezekiel, who has been shown by God a vision of a valley of dead […]

Shirley: A Novel by Susan Scarf Merrell

Shirley: A Novel by Susan Scarf Merrell

Reviews, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 Blue Rider Press, June 2014 ISBN: 978-0399166457 Hardcover, 288 pp., $25.95 Review by Matthew Miranda Shirley, the second novel by Susan Scarf Merrell, is promoted as a “captivating psychological thriller” and an “homage” to the horror stories of Shirley Jackson. […]

Pilot Season by James Brubaker

Pilot Season by James Brubaker

Reviews, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 Sunnyoutside, 2014 ISBN: 978-1934513460 Paperback, 70 pp., $13 Review by Dave Gunton In Pilot Season, James Brubaker imagines the emotional unraveling of a television executive through a series of outlandish synopses of television pilots. We first meet the nameless executive […]

Mantic by Maureen Alsop

Mantic by Maureen Alsop

Reviews, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 Augury Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-0988735514 Paperback, 72 pp., $12 Review by Christopher R. Vaughan In his famous essay, “Richard Wright’s Blues,” Ralph Ellison wrote, “Life is as the sea, art a ship in which man conquers life’s crushing formlessness, reducing […]

There Is Another Poem, in Which the News Is Erased and Rewritten by Zachary Harris

There Is Another Poem, in Which the News Is Erased and Rewritten by Zachary Harris

Reviews, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 New Michigan Press, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-934832-28-8 Paperback, 52 pp., $9 Review by Andrew T. Powers We capture the details of the world in words, and the knowledge we arrive at by piecing these words together forms the very fabric of […]

How the Potato Chip Was Invented by Daniel M. Shapiro

How the Potato Chip Was Invented by Daniel M. Shapiro

Reviews, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 Sunnyoutside, 2013 ISBN: 978-1934513408 Paperback, 92 pp., $13 Review by Marie Loeffler “At times all I need is a brief glimpse, an opening in the midst of an incongruous landscape, a glint of lights in the fog, the dialog of […]

How to Dispose of Dead Elephants by Andrew Gretes

How to Dispose of Dead Elephants by Andrew Gretes

Reviews, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 Sandstone Press, 2014 ISBN: 978-1908737656 Paperback, 184 pp., $15.95 Review by Cindy Matthews How to Dispose of Dead Elephants is Andrew Gretes’ debut novel. It is the story of Stubb Marakas, a twenty-something who still lives with his parents. Early […]

After the Firestorm by Susan Kolodny

After the Firestorm by Susan Kolodny

Reviews, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 Mayapple Press, 2011 ISBN: 978-1936419074 Paperback, 62 pp., $13.95 Review by Catherine Moore Susan Kolodny is a poet I’d love to talk words with around the Koi pond. She seems equally aware of the Black Carp’s tail, of messages in […]

First Territory: A Novel by Richie Swanson

First Territory: A Novel by Richie Swanson

Reviews, Vol. 8.2, June 2014 Sunstone Press, 2013 ISBN: 978-0-86534-950-6 Paperback, 142 pp., $19.95 Review by Sue Ellis In 1855, 16-year-old Andrew Eaton agrees to the Washington territorial governor’s offer of five dollars of gold per day to act as interpreter at a mandated Walla […]