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Austin Nights

3.19 of 5 stars 3.19  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Bridget had a fierce desire for survival which made her a fighter. Michael had a hankering after immortality which made him a useless dreamer. And that was the great difference between these two Austin transplants who loved each other so well.
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 162 pages
Published February 14th 2011 by Tiny TOE Press (first published January 23rd 2011)
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May 31, 2012 Dee added it
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I’m going to be honest up-front and say that this is a DNF review. I made it approximately a tenth of the way through the book before I gave up on it. Based on the description provided, this sounded like an interesting read, so I requested it through one of my goodreads group (to which the author had donated a copy of members to review).

However, upon starting to read, I was immediately confused as to what was going on. There was no semblance of chapters, but rather
Hand-made with love from the author/publisher
Read 5/19/11 - 5/21/11
3.5 Stars - Strongly Recommended to readers familiar with genre

Austin Nights is the product of Tiny TOE Press, a DIY Publishing house run by Michael Davidson and his girlfriend. This is the first title released by the two person operation and each copy is handmade with love on their kitchen table.

The novel is a series of out-of-order journal entries that document the lives of Michael and Bridget (and their Honeyed Cat) dur
Plot is overrated. That's one the many things I thought when finishing Austin Nights by Herocious (AKA Michael Davidson). Why do we always need drama? Why can't we just read a book about people's lives that's not tragic or melodramatic or full of made up problems for the sake of story.
The only plot to speak of in Austin Nights is that of a young couple moving to Austin from Miami Beach and everything that happens before, in the middle, and after the trip. Yet even with that, I found myself capti
Sep 23, 2014 Dom rated it 5 of 5 stars
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read this book if you believe in self-determination
“If I must run according to a clock, I want to run on this clock…the one of shifting tectonic plates, creeping oceans, imploding stars, and winding rivers.”
“austin nights” doesn’t bother with ‘conventional’ plot;
the novel functions like the ocean: themes, motifs, people,
reflections, philosophical inquiries, and the ever-present
desire to find or make meaning out of one’s life briefly
wash up into the reader’s proximity before receding again
into s
University of Chicago Magazine
Michael Davidson, AB'02

When the allure of graduate school tempts Bridget and Michael to leave their home in Miami Beach and move to the University of Texas, the wide-eyed transplants find themselves alone in a city that boasts of its weirdness. Unable to unpack in their tiny sublet, the couple leaves their meager belongings boxed up and sets out to explore their new home. Before long, they discover that the city more than lives up to its reputation: crazed library patrons, injured vagabond
Pete Morin
One of the best works of literary fiction I've read in decades.

herocious herocious
Jan 08, 2014 herocious herocious rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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Really amazing, 'out of the box' writing. I am loving every page more and more and I can certainly see myself reading this book several times to truly soak it in. I found a copy at Bouldin Creek Cafe, where I work and, as a hopeful, beginning novelist myself, I couldn't resist the author's plea to read and write a review. Michael and Bridget's disjointed saga of moving from Floria to Austin is full of deeply felt emotion and true, honest, plumbing of the bloodworks that fuel our human hearts. I ...more
For a novel to work when it is a loose narrative construction of memories/journal type writing that fully embraces the disjointed narrative, the prose needs to be strong. If the prose is not strong, the narrative structure becomes a hinderance. While I can appreciate what Mr. Davidson was trying to do in the novel and can see a few flashes of interesting writing, for the majority of the text I had to drag myself through to finish it. The prose is flat and ineffective. The dialogue does little to ...more
Iris Pang
The title and description of the book as well as the author pen name made me believe this was going to be an excellent look into the mind of two young romantics. Sadly it is too much of that and too little of anything else.

It is a journal of a couple's move from Florida to Austin. It details every mundane action and thought.

I do not like to discourage young people or writers of any age, but this was not a worthwhile endeavor. It might appeal to their families and friends, but I do not believe a
Not my type of writing...I stuck with it to the end b/c I am from Austin and recognized the places that were written about.
I liked the device of narration out of time and by two characters, but like a lot of devices it got old.
Betty Jean
Such a slow read that I couldn't even finish it :(
Lakshmi Sharma
Very inviting!
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In 2011, herocious learned how to handpress paperback novels on his kitchen table. Together with his wife, Bridget, he started Tiny TOE Press. After 'Austin Nights,' they published 5 more books: 'The Mosquito Song' by M.L. Kennedy; 'Miss Gone-overseas' by Mitchell Hagerstrom; 'Heart of Scorpio' by Joseph Avski; 'The Persistence of Crows' by Grant Maierhofer; 'Rarity of the Century' by Fawzy Zablah ...more
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