All right, so I've had a copy of this book for a good while; I think like four months or so. I haven't exactly been known to be the fastest reader, bu...moreAll right, so I've had a copy of this book for a good while; I think like four months or so. I haven't exactly been known to be the fastest reader, but on top of that I have work and school. I was able to purchase a copy but I didn't get to it right away. So, yeah, I'm a busy guy, I'm important, yada yada...but I'm almost sorry that I waited so long.
The novella is primo! It has a great story line about two gun runners smuggling weapons from a military base in Texas into Mexico. Things quickly become more interesting and heat up, and from then on, it's a page turner until the end.
All right, so I have to say this--it felt like I was watching a movie. It was like a screen play, but wasn't a bothersome read. He was very detailed but didn't use a lot of fluff. Butcher said what he needed to say and that was it. The characters in the story are well-developed, and some of the things some of them said or did even made me laugh.
Overall, it was a great story and I'm looking forward to the next one (or two). Thanks, Butcher!(less)
Everything everyone has been saying about Butcher's writing is true. I've yet to see a negative review about any of his works. I was amazed at how wel...moreEverything everyone has been saying about Butcher's writing is true. I've yet to see a negative review about any of his works. I was amazed at how well he can express his point, and he does it so well with so few words. His writing is gritty, raw, straightforward and has an ongoing undertone of sadness.
Reading through some of those poems, I know they must have been hard to write. He talks about his childhood, a love he had, (further explaining why he went to prison in the first place), and other various events or things going on in his life.
He bears his heart and soul in this collection. Raegan seems so frustrated with things in this collection, but has come to accept some things the way they are. He always seems to have some type of an outlook on life that there is something better; I think or would like to think that he's still hopeful.
I take this book with me when I go places so that I'm able to read a poem every now and again, though I've already read the book. I also take it with me to share his work with others. It's unfortunate that his book is out of print, but it's fortunate that I was able to purchase a copy direct from him on Amazon (and got it autographed). I look forward to more of his work, hopefully in the nearby future.(less)
I really liked this chapbook. It was interesting to read this after having read Rusty String Quartet. I know that Raegan Butcher states at the start o...moreI really liked this chapbook. It was interesting to read this after having read Rusty String Quartet. I know that Raegan Butcher states at the start of End of the World Graffiti that he's found his voice, and I believe that he has too, but it was interesting to read some of his earlier poems after reading some later ones. It's the same Butcher who I've come to know. Clear and straight to the point, serious, not so serious, sad and still optimistic. (less)
What we have here is a collection of 19 poems. What I liked most about Jen's collection is the brevity of it. I really enjoyed the simplicity of some...moreWhat we have here is a collection of 19 poems. What I liked most about Jen's collection is the brevity of it. I really enjoyed the simplicity of some of the poems. And while the poems are brief, it doesn't mean that they don't make you feel or think. I've taken a moment to point out some of my favorite poems from the collection: “Break-up” sums up the process of a failed relationship. If you've ever been in a lousy relationship that has ended, I think that it will speak to you. “No fury like me” - I think that we have felt this way in some ways, talking about how things are going to be, in a vengeful kind of way. “Time” spoke to me about life, and in general, “time” is interesting to me. “Phoenix” was really neat and I think I liked it because it speaks to me about time. And finally, “Desire” is another one that I enjoyed. It spoke about the want of belonging to someone and the magnetism of two people. There are a couple of other poems that I enjoyed, but I obviously can't favorite them all. There were some poems that made me wonder what else was going on for the author to write what she did, but I think that people will be able to relate to some of the emotions portrayed. This is my favorite quote from Undercurrent: “The dreamer is within the dream. The dreamer is the dream within.” I’m glad that I had the opportunity to become acquainted with Jen’s poetry. I don’t regret giving this book a try.(less)