Reviews 8.3

Three Novels by Elizabeth Robinson

Three Novels by Elizabeth Robinson

Reviews, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Omnidawn, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-890650-51-3 Perfect bound, 80 pp., $15.95 Review by Catherine Moore Elizabeth Robinson’s Three Novels is a lyrical exploration of three classic Victorian novels—Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone and The Woman in White and George Gissing’s Eve’s Ransom. The […]

Repairable Men: Stories by John Carr Walker

Repairable Men: Stories by John Carr Walker

Reviews, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Sunnyoutside, 2014 ISBN-13: 978-1-934513-47-7 Perfect bound, 108 pp., $13 Review by Cindy Matthews Repairable Men by John Carr Walker is a collection of ten short stories. Walker’s writing is crisp and sharp, his characters unique and unpredictable. They are also […]

Scouting for the Reaper: Stories by Jacob M. Appel

Scouting for the Reaper: Stories by Jacob M. Appel

Reviews, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Black Lawrence Press, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-937854-95-9 Perfect bound, 194 pp., $15.95 Review by Sue Ellis Jacob Appel is good at creating characters in turmoil, something that becomes clear within the first few pages. And Appel doesn’t go for pat endings, […]

Scarecrone by Melissa Broder

Scarecrone by Melissa Broder

Reviews, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Publishing Genius Press, 2014 ISBN: 978-0-9887503-7-1 Perfect bound, 100 pp., $14.95 Review by Quincy Rhoads Henry M. Morris writes that “[a]ll processes manifest a tendency toward decay and disintegration.” It’s entropy. The poems in Scarecrone are interested in hurrying the […]

From Here by Jen Michalski

From Here by Jen Michalski

Reviews, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Aqueous Books, Sept. 30, 2014 ISBN: 978-0989238762 Perfect bound, 266 pp., $16.99 Review by L. S. Bassen A lovechild of Cyndi Lauper and Somerset Maugham could be the author of the koan-like stories in Jen Michalski’s collection, where the characters […]

Reckoning by Rusty Barnes

Reckoning by Rusty Barnes

Reviews, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Sunnyoutside, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-934513-45-3 Perfect bound, 240 pp., $16 Review by Andrew T. Powers One summer evening, Richard Logan and his friend, Katie Neary, go for a swim in a creek in the small Appalachian town of Daggett, Pennsylvania. There, […]

Davie Street Translations by Daniel Zomparelli

Davie Street Translations by Daniel Zomparelli

Reviews, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Talonbooks, 2012 ISBN: 978-0-88922-683-8 Perfect bound, 96 pp., $16.95 Review by David Rawson Daniel Zomparelli’s first collection of poetry, Davie Street Translations, focuses on gay male culture in Vancouver, Canada. Combining the language of poetry (using sonnets and erasures) with […]

The Tragedy of Fidel Castro by João Cerqueira

The Tragedy of Fidel Castro by João Cerqueira

Reviews, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 River Grove Books, 2012 (2nd ed.) ISBN: 978-1938416163 Perfect bound, 188 pp., $14.95 Review by Matthew Miranda The third line of João Cerqueira’s The Tragedy of Fidel Castro has God, on a phone call, exclaim, exasperated, “Oh, for God’s sake!” […]

Drops on the Water: Stories about Growing up from a Father and Son by Eric G. Müller & Matthew Zanoni Müller

Drops on the Water: Stories about Growing up from a Father and Son by Eric G. Müller & Matthew Zanoni Müller

Reviews, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Apprentice House, 2014 ISBN: 978-1627200103 Perfect bound, 280 pp., $16.95 Review by Cindy Matthews Drops on the Water: Stories about Growing Up from a Father and Son is a collection of true stories written by Eric Müller and his son, […]

Sky Sandwiches by John F. Buckley

Sky Sandwiches by John F. Buckley

Reviews, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Anaphora Literary Press, 2012 ISBN: 978-1937536329 Perfect bound, 100 pp., $15 Review by Marie Loeffler Although John F. Buckley’s poetic style in Sky Sandwiches leans toward confessional, his observations are mostly measured, grounded in personal experience, and sometimes illuminated by […]