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Scorch Atlas by Blake Butler
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Dec 23, 09

bookshelves: small-pressy-or-obscurish, weird-lit
Read in December, 2009

This is a pretty crazy book of semi-connected stories. I'm convinced that Butler has a deep, dangerous, and brilliant mind even if the glut of these stories felt samey in tone. It's his use of language and his descriptive powers that place this book in a similar misfit class as the work of Ben Marcus and Matthew Derby (and sometimes Brian Evenson, who is an obvious influence). I wouldn't recommend this to everyone but if you like relentless mental images of decay and despair, this will be up your dark alley.
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