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Published (first published July 26th 2010)
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

As I've said here many times before, although in general I'm proud of CCLaP's standing policy to review any book that any person takes the time to send to me (with some exceptions, of course -- see the center's submission policy for more), I also recognize that the quality of these books by and large match...more
Dana Mazur actually requested that I read and review this book, which no one has ever done before. This left me feeling slightly honoured, but mostly nervous as I am not incredibly talented when it comes to writing on demand. I'd also never read an entire e-book from beginning to end, as I don't find it comfortable to read on a computer screen. I'd also never really read anything like this before at all.

I don't quite know what to say about it. Almost every part of it is completely unlike the boo...more
A friend loaned me her to Kindle to read this and asked me what I made of it. I didn't finish it. It is a mixture of genres which was quite interesting with a story told from multiple points of view which I couldn't keep straight. I read about one-third.

I wouldn't say I wouldn't read anything by this author again because it seemed very amateurish and the concept of mixing genres and personalities might be developed better in later books.

There is a link to a banned review in the comments. I sugg...more
Wow! This book defies proper positioning in a genre, unless weird supernatural with overtones of horror & romance is a genre. It's different with a blend of various myths skipping about in time, space & characters yet it all comes together in a captivating blend. I was sorry when I got to the end, even though I had no real idea where we were going until a third of the way through the book. That says a lot for the writing - I usually don't care for that - but in this case it worked for th...more
This is one great book! You've never read anything like it!
Nothing about the world of Dana Mazur's Almaty-Transit is ordinary, yet, as a reader I could see clearly and understand each of the characters (ghost or not)...The story starts as a moving family-drama in the life of Merry, a jazz musician, Aidar, an engineer in Kazakhstan but a cabdriver in LA, and their son Sultan. By Aidar's tragic death the story is set into motion and very soon, we are pulled into a new kind of macabre fairy tale in speed of light and fortune-tellers and ghost-mobs and appl...more
Tripe. Waste of time reading this.
Nov 04, 2012 wally rated it 3 of 5 stars
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this will be the 1st from mazur for me...a ghost story, hey? kindle...doesn't appear to be a cover page like the kids, 3, unless my buttons are not working properly...

dedicated: to jgt

chapter 1 is titled: hit. record.

los angeles, california


sultan is sure that the blank cd he needs is in his parents' bedroom. he hurries there and digs under merry's piles. here. found it. he wants to ask for the cd but she's on the phone. she gets mad is he interrupts her when she talks about her mus...more
No one in the world
Ever gets what they want
And that is beautiful
Everybody dies
Frustrated and sad
And that is beautiful

(They Might Be Giants, 1986)

I liked the writing, I liked the quirkiness, I liked the contrast at the beginning between the stupid pointless superficial world of rebel-occupied Alta California and the grounded meaningful serious world of Kazakhstan. I didn't like the sexual grotesquerie, or, unfortunately, any of the characters. Except the sentient meat-apple.

I would also have like...more
Oct 29, 2012 Dana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm not good with words but I'm very good with stories. They come and go. I offer them something to eat, maybe an old sweater to keep them warm... but they are like troubled teenagers -- always needy and never listen.

This one is a strange one, even for me.
Patti Mcdermott
I'm a fan. It's a great read. Mazur is a talented writer with a gift for the odd and unexpected. So lovely to read a book that's fresh. Read it. Love it.
Not bad. Not bad at all.
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My short stories appeared in McSweeney's, and later were translated into Japanese and Russian. My stories in Pear Noir! and Cutthroat have been nominated for Pushcart Prize.

In the dark forest full of loitering ghouls, wakeful undead, furies, and elegant cannibals I dwell in a small cozy cottage with my husband, two sons, two dogs and a rabbit. In the middle of our dining room an enormous tomato p...more
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