I read and reviewed the second of the Murder Ballads first mostly through bad planning and not realising there was a first in the series or even reali...moreI read and reviewed the second of the Murder Ballads first mostly through bad planning and not realising there was a first in the series or even realise there was a series until I was a way through the book, anyway suffice to say I really enjoyed Hellbender and here found more Jason Jack Miller after the fact.
I really like how Jason writes his characters the nearest comparison would be Stephen King, the characters are really well defined, they are warm and you can liken them in your head to a friend or an actor; you can have in your head their voice as they speak and the mannerisms they effect.
Preston’s introduction to Katy and the following jam session with a cast of seasoned musos took me back to the first time I went to a knife throwing club, all the grizzled old pro’s judging your amateurish efforts but post sarcastic free for all feeding you nuggets to advance your skill.
Like another reviewer I look forward to listening to Mr Millers accompanying music put together for Preston Black, I look forward to reading the next Preston book The Revelations of Preston Black and I look forward to what Jason Jack Miller writes next.
King Scratch is a story set in the dregs of humanity full of fetish and depravity read through a noir voice that begs for a suitably gravel toned audi...moreKing Scratch is a story set in the dregs of humanity full of fetish and depravity read through a noir voice that begs for a suitably gravel toned audio book. It is a tale of murder, in fact a tale of murder with squid inserted anywhere & everywhere that you could imagine a squid could possibly be inserted (due to the insubstantial body mass of the squid form, this means anywhere).
Krall's King Scratch reminds me of a David Lynch film, not one particular Lynch film but David Lynch's understanding of a dream world existence. In Lynch films no matter the absurdity of the situation it does not affect your experience of the world, non linear events are taken in stride and your faith in the whole never wavers. In the same way I will always watch anything David Lynch creates I will also now read what Jordan Krall writes.(less)
If Magritte's Son of Man is a poster child of Surrealism then Tales from the Vinegar Wasteland is the binary data that describes it on the internet. A...moreIf Magritte's Son of Man is a poster child of Surrealism then Tales from the Vinegar Wasteland is the binary data that describes it on the internet. As in keeping as it is with the artworks of the movement Ray Fracalossy's book deserves to be referenced to everyone here that buys an art history book on Surrealism. Let everyone at a Dali exhibit who buys the elephant poster exit the building only after a closed room reading of it. Have every teen emo queen that utters "that's so random" forced to eat this book in the vague hope that their sponge matter meat suits soak up at least an essence of what it is to be different.
I have been reading books from the Absurdist/Bizarro movement for about a year now and this is the first that I think sits so perfectly with why I came looking for something odd. My eyes had seen the paintings and sculptures and my head wanted a story behind them.
The story is a reality bending story of friendship and then loss and then being lost and then life. If that isn't enough for you, you get bonus added cuts that are not just added cast offs bulking out the page count or maybe they are but I liked them anyhow and so warrant review space in that they too are so very very good.
For example there is a strange beauty to Family Portrait it has a poetic timbre strolling you through a twisted road trip. This reminded me of 4-man-cast production of Alice through the Looking Glass I once saw, so much that if sold as a production I would watch this as a play too.
I started this review not wanting to gush over this book but I failed, I love Tales From The Vinegar Wasteland it will remain about my head for a long and contented while. (less)
Too many people shrug off books under the tag of Bizarro and I think a fellow reviewer has alluded to the same but people like Baum and Carroll are Bi...moreToo many people shrug off books under the tag of Bizarro and I think a fellow reviewer has alluded to the same but people like Baum and Carroll are Bizarros ancestors.
The Emerald Burrito of OZ is as much of an OZ continuance as you could hope for, all OZ fans should add this to their recommended reading. The second they identified Fairuza Balk as the better and more accurate Dorothy I was theirs. I love some of there additions to the OZ universe, especially the villains many of whom have become action figures I wish had existed when I was a kid.
People who like OZ should read this book, people who like Saturday morning cartoons should read this book, people who ever played a cassette videogame on a Commodore or a Spectrum should read this book and if you aren't covered by these brackets of society read it anyway and develop a love for the above criteria after the fact. (less)
The first book on writing I read was that years annual edition of the Writers & Artists Guide a few years back, I think that that put me off guide...moreThe first book on writing I read was that years annual edition of the Writers & Artists Guide a few years back, I think that that put me off guides and seeking help with writing for a long time. The Writers and Artists guide being so much the very opposite in politic of Architectures of Possibility with its directories of agents and regimented line of this is what it take to be successful.
Architectures of Possibility gives a good mix of advice on finding the method best for you, interviews with authors of note and sectional exercises for self, group or class use.
At no point did I feel like I did with other guides, like I was being preached to with a hard line THIS IS HOW TO DO IT but equally it still felt appropriately like tuition and it has given me a drive to experimentation with my poetry and suggestions of where to take that drive.
Gorelets Omnibus gives a tour of Arnzen's work from his poetry through his short stories and onto abstract lists.
Arnzen's dark minimalist poems show u...moreGorelets Omnibus gives a tour of Arnzen's work from his poetry through his short stories and onto abstract lists.
Arnzen's dark minimalist poems show us snippets of film stolen from the larger picture. We get to look at a flashed image, shot at us and left to the reader to flesh out the overall ourselves. My favourite poems were Killing Pinocchio (which I am dying to create some drawings for), Eeerie Gyri (one of Arnzen's Haikruel)and A Good Enough Box (obsession and possession a favourite theme of mine).
The longer cuts are like Twilight Zone episodes I want to see. I loved Endless Shrimp (a marine Midas touch) and Brian Keene Must Die (an almost fourth wall spiral).
Arnzen seems to favor the smaller pieces but I for one hope he does some more in the way larger stories.(less)
A tale of a feudal murder told through mountain folklore magic.
I have come into this series with Hellbender first (albeit I have now bought The Devil...moreA tale of a feudal murder told through mountain folklore magic.
I have come into this series with Hellbender first (albeit I have now bought The Devil and Preston Black) but I was not left for dead I was carried along and reassured I could see that adventure later on. There is a true warmth to the Collins community, Henry’s homecoming get together is wonderfully written and brings us an ensemble cast and has us sing a long with them at the end of night and like every good night out we are friends now and they will look after us if we fall behind.
The places and locations leap out at you; Jason Jack Miller paints his backdrop as much as he draws out his characters. Every set piece is filled with a fantastically detailed plan of the scenery; even in the dark of the mine we still get the claustrophobic topography of Alex and Henry’s surroundings. So many of Hellbender’s locations are in my head as I write this, so clear were the images that I am sure I saw them once in a past I forgot.
A wonderful book, I look forward to reading more of the mountain.
A great and dark little beast not a straight out story but a collection of metaphor that I will re-read and re-read. Some books I read and enjoy and s...moreA great and dark little beast not a straight out story but a collection of metaphor that I will re-read and re-read. Some books I read and enjoy and some books I read and I think of a whole world of people I need to recommend a text to.
This book I felt spoke heavily of paranoia, depression of being lost to the world. It was something I wish I had had opportunity to read when I was drinking too much and burning myself out 10 years ago.