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Demons in the Spring by Joe Meno
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Mar 06, 2009

it was amazing
Read in March, 2009

Sometimes you can judge a book from its cover....from its concept....from its design. Yet none of that works without the writing, and as always, Meno's writing is brilliant in this collection of short stories. (Although I couldn't really get into "Iceland Today," which I just thought was....well I don't know what I thought of the fictional Country Profile of Iceland.)

Quirky characters populate this collection, endearing in their melancholic worlds. Loss is a theme that dominates many of the stories, and how the characters cope. Meno's characters are quite beautifully rendered and always intriguing.

And what to say about the book itself! I was descriptively cataloging it in my head on my way home from Talking Leaves: bound in scarlet red cloth over boards; stamped in red-orange on the cover, metallic silver on covers and spine; beige and scarlet flower patterned endpapers; illustrated....

The whole concept to have different artists illustrate each story is brilliant. I just really heart Joe Meno and adore his work. I will forever be a fan, ever since I read Hairstyles of the Damned and went wow, this was me in high school.

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“The city glitters past us with its sharp edges, reminding us of how tiny, how weak, how totally unimportant we are.”
Joe Meno, Demons in the Spring

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