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A perturbed bachelor is beleaguered by his misbehaving shadow; a reclusive alchemist builds a machine to right his wife’s disfigurement; the sun forgets to rise over a sleepy town in the middle of nowhere. Equal parts haunting and outlandish, and with illustrations by Lorena Matić, Goldfish Tears is an enchanting collection of fourteen short stories.
Paperback, 152 pages
Published March 2nd 2012 by Pouting Bear
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Tahlia Newland
Goldfish Tears is a collection of beautifully written, highly imaginative and often bizarre ideas. However, many of the stories don’t go much further than that. This book is full of fabulous beginnings, promising developments but often, at least for me, unsatisfying endings. I felt that it was more like an author’s notebook of ideas, than stories as such. That doesn’t devalue its worth, just puts it in a different category.

However, not everyone demands strong endings and clear stories in their s
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Nick Sweeney
A collection of seemingly light-hearted tales from British-born Zagreb resident Curtis Ackie. He turns the light-heartedness sinister at the turn of a short phrase. Expertly written and nicely presented. I reviewd this book for Sabotage Reviews. See the review here: http://sabotagereviews.com/2012/08/30...
Piccolina
Most stories are amazing (eg. The Bath of Mary), but I'm giving it 4 stars because some of them seem unfinished even tho there's a lot of potential in them.
Andrew
She approaches it tentatively; The Bath of Mary, as he has chosen to call it, is more a cluster of large apparatus than a machine. It consists of a small stone doorway for her to stand in, with a series of metal hooks at the back; in truth, it looks rather menacing. She notices a collection of symbols sandblasted into the stone framework of the door, but only recognizes a few; a pentacle, a wheel of some sort, and what looks like a peacock tail feather. Resting on a stone platter, attached to th ...more
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Curtis Ackie is a novelist, short story writer and poet with a penchant for alliteration and all things surreal. He is not the type of Magical Negro you're used to.
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“He wishes he were a skilled poet, it would fit his chosen image perfectly; the poor, tragic, tortured artiste. But he has no talent for words, neither for paints nor music; his uselessness is tremendously total.” 6 likes
“As though eavesdropping, the whistling wind refuses to speak above a whisper. The winding road is cut into the side of the mountain in such a way that it seems they are not making any progress; the walk down will require endurance. She looks up at the cluster of clouds which have been pencilled in neatly against the sky, and hopes it doesn’t rain. It occurs rapidly, a geisha brusquely folding shut her fan; the sun sets, and brilliant darkness replaces light.” 2 likes
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