The Familiar Volume 4: Hades by Mark Z. Danielewski


“Just one cage finding another. Maybe wider. Maybe bigger. Still cage. All of it. With horizons for bars.”

The Familiar, Volume 4 takes place between August and September 2014. All of the different characters in The Familiar are really starting to come together. Luther and Ozgur see each other at the gun range. Jingjing and Xanther just barely miss each other at the airport. Luther sells drugs to Jingjing. Continue reading

Don Juan Canto 5

8f3a4b7ec03647c2ddabd66e6fc21b9dByron starts Canto 5 by telling us of the dangers of writing love poetry: “Even Petrarch’s self, if judged with due severity,/Is the Platonic pimp of all posterity.” (Canto V, 1) I’d never thought of it like that, but I think he’s right. Love poems (or today’s equivalent–love songs) help facilitate hooking up. To prevent this from happening, Byron assures us that he himself will always attach a good moral message to his poems. Yeah, I’m sure that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Continue reading

Ugly Little Things by Todd Keisling

ugly-little-things-254x4002xDisclaimer: I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

Don’t you just love that cover? It doesn’t just look cool, but also serves as an introduction to this collection since most of the stories feature disembodied hands, hands reaching out of murky water, hands reaching out of the depths of space, or something like that. Let’s face it. Hands not attached to anything are creepy. By the way, there’s also some nifty artwork accompanying each story within. Continue reading