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Once a happy family man, Kealan now spends his days walking aimlessly and crashing in his friend's spare room. It never seems to matter how much he walks, because his shadow is always there. When he meets younger Valerie, an inquisitive and sensitive soul, a few rays of light begin to penetrate his dark curtains. But what about her jealous ex? How is it that some things in...more
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Martin Reaves
This one had me reeling against the ropes.

Shadowboxer is a black novella that will one-two punch you in the gut, roundhouse clobber you in the kidneys, and finish you off with a flurry of dark jabs and hooks that will leave you reaching for a bottle, or some Prozac, or that fuzzy VHS copy of Pollyanna. Anything to shake off the gloom.

Honestly, Trent Zelazny is starting to scare me a little. We talk about this writer's or that writer's latest offering, and how that writer is "working at the top o...more
Bryce Pearson
This one is heavy. Emotionally brutal. Kealan Donovan is trying to recover from an accident that killed his wife and son, and which he may or may not be responsible for. He's become frightened of riding in cars, and so he spends his time walking around Santa Fe, beating himself up until he meets Valerie, a young girl at a coffee shop. Possible light at the end of the tunnel? I don't want to spoil anything, but Trent Zelazny never makes things easy for his characters. This one is a thinker and wo...more
Jennifer Wilson
This is another solidly written story by Trent Zelazny. I've now read 5 of his stories and look forward to reading more!

In this dark tale, we experience life after an unthinkable tragedy has occurred for the main character, Kealan. While this is a work of fiction, it definitely has a true to life portrayal of the darkness of life and the despair one would feel after having their whole life turned upside down.

I highly recommend this and all of Zelazny's works!

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I love the way Zelazny writes. Kealan Donovan has tragically lost everything. He spends his time living in a friend's spare room and walking around town, feeling sorry for himself. At a coffee shop he meets Valerie, who begins to pull him out of his slump. But Valerie's past catches up with her, and therefore catches up with Kealan. Philosophical musings and believable action. I really liked this one.
Excellent novella of a man and the shadows of his soul as he attempts to recover from a personal tragedy. Even though it deals with the main characters' descent into a dark point in his life, it never overwhelms the reader. Compelling and cathartic.
Introspective, well-written.. excellent character depth and involvement, and a good story to boot. Highly recommended, a great example of Zelazny's work.
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Trent Zelazny is the Nightmare Award-winning author of To Sleep Gently, Fractal Despondency, Shadowboxer, The Day the Leash Gave Way and Other Stories, Destination Unknown, A Crack in Melancholy Time, Butterfly Potion, and Too Late To Call Texas. His latest release is the novelette People Person. He is also an international playwright, and the editor of two anthologies, Mirages: Tales from Authors...more
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