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Like pop songs that have overdosed on camera cleaning fluid and pills, Matty Byloos's short stories are most definitely NOT traditional ideas on the subjects of love, daydreaming, and the psychological dramas that have become an unavoidable part of the human condition. Byloos, at first glance, appears to share too much; but the information is masked, skewed and filtered th ...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Write Bloody Publishing (first published May 1st 2009)
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Lori
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As many of you may be aware, I have recently found a new appreciation for the short story. It allows an author more 'play' space to let their imagination run farther and faster than a full length novel would. It grants them the opportunity to try out multiple POV's and story lines, showing the reader exactly what the author is capable of. Some collections of short stories are tied closely together - Ben Tanzer's eBook "Repetition Patterns" links his stories by placing them all in the
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Jim
This is one of those books that sat on my shelf for months, but when I picked it up I just devoured it in a few sittings. Byloos's short, smart experimental fictions made my brain light up while reading them but often left me hard-pressed to describe them when I was done. Largely character-driven, unconventionally plotted, and deftly funny, these stories aren't packed with punch lines but the writing is. (That either makes sense to you or it doesn't.)

I have a soft spot for collections that aren
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Like pop songs that have overdosed on camera cleaning fluid and pills, Matty
Byloos’s short stories are most definitely NOT traditional ideas on the subjects
of love, daydreaming, and the psychological dramas that have become an un-
avoidable part of the human condition.
For Byloos, writing is an exercise in therapy. Though he doesn’t share a lot
with people in person - in the writing, he appears to share maybe too much;
it’s just masked and skewed and filtered through a very weird, perverse uni-
v
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Andrea
Not just short stories, but dark patternings of human behavior, deconstructed and compartmentalized by a twisted mind, neatly organized within each structure according to each character's level of perception and sensitivity. Body-conscious, sympathetic, and strangely sweet tales.
Ben
Byloos leaves us to weigh what's metaphorical versus real, more darkness than light, and wacked regardless.

More - http://bentanzer.blogspot.com/2011/10...
Riley Parker
Realistic in a way that is both refreshing and bothersome.
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