Apologies for the silence of the last few months. I got very busy with, among other things, the book production process of my first traditionally published short story collection. And now... ...it's finally here, in all its glory. In recent years, I've come to believe that authors should be able to append notes to their… Continue reading Book Launch for “Song of the Mango and Other New Myths”!
Readers can dive into a short story collection at any point in the book--unlike with novels, which are usually read from cover to cover. Not so with Angela Slatter's Sourdough and Other Stories. You could read the 16 gems in this book in any order, but to get the full effect of her nesting doll-like structure,… Continue reading Book Review: ‘Sourdough and Other Stories’ by Angela Slatter
Doesn't that wonderful title just give you a sense of quiet devastation? But I'll get back to that in a bit. When reading an author's work for the first time, I usually prefer getting my hands on a short story collection of theirs, if they have any. That way, I'll have the option of looking… Continue reading Book Review: ‘How the World Became Quiet’ by Rachel Swirsky
Reading Catherynne M. Valente's writing is both like taking in a slow breath and being unable to do so. Her words spiral upward, outward, then close in on you, and you will grow dizzy simply trying to keep up with the barrage of living, breathing, sensual ideas. At least, that's how her first-ever collection of… Continue reading Book Review: ‘Ventriloquism’ by Catherynne M. Valente
I came to know Japan through its anime and manga culture, through Junichiro Tanizaki's essay "In Praise of Shadows" and Akira Kurosawa's film Dreams and the music of Yuki Kajiura, through the brutality of its soldiers toward the Philippines and other nations during World War II, through an array of sushi restaurants of varying quality,… Continue reading Book Review: ‘The Melancholy of Mechagirl’ by Catherynne M. Valente