Forrest Aguirre

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Forrest's short fiction has appeared in over fifty venues, including Asimov's, Gargoyle, Apex, and Vasterien. He is a World Fantasy Award winner for his editorial work, with Jeff VanderMeer, on the Leviathan 3 anthology. His novel, Heraclix & Pomp was published October, 2014 by the Underland Press imprint of Resurrection House press. His shorter work has been collected in Fugue XXIX (Raw Dog Screaming Press), and is also available at the Kindle store or on Smashwords at:

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Forrest Aguirre In the interest of full disclosure, I am a cat hater. I can't stand the things. And I'm allergic to them. That said, I'm not cruel. That said, I love…moreIn the interest of full disclosure, I am a cat hater. I can't stand the things. And I'm allergic to them. That said, I'm not cruel. That said, I love experimentation. But I'm also lactose intolerant, so too much butter makes my tummy rumbly. And I'm pretty hungry, so I'd be tempted to eat the remainder of the butter, which would end in digestive disaster. Now, I'm not nearly as smart as the guy in this video about how cats always land on their feet. I bet he'd know!(less)
Forrest Aguirre I like surreal, self-referential questions that lead to philosophical existentialism. Questions like"What's a good question?" are good questions.…moreI like surreal, self-referential questions that lead to philosophical existentialism. Questions like"What's a good question?" are good questions. Unless, of course, you are ruminating on the nature of good and evil, in which a "good" question might be thought of as a question asked by a good person or a question for the betterment of mankind. Or perhaps the interlocutor is trying to formulate a question that is to be directed to good itself, as an entity, rather than as a quality of some other entity, person, or circumstance. Then who or what do you turn to for an answer without the whole of reality collapsing in on itself? That's a good question . . .(less)
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Archangel Morpheus

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An Apotheosis

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The Nine Muses

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Forrest added a status update: Just as an FYI, I will be offline, mostly, from 7/18 - 8/1. My wife and I are taking a trip to Europe (probably the last of our lives unless we win the lottery - and I don't play the lottery), so I want my full attention on the trip. Plus, I'll be taking a couple of notebooks with me to fill my brain with story ideas. Let's call it a research trip. :)
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Forrest is on page 454 of 548 of Folk Horror Revival: Chris Lambert quoting Tony Redman in his treatise on M.R. James: "Wherever you've got a margin between two types of culture and two types of landscape you often get a deeper awareness of the supernatural and the spiritual". This rings true to me, who lived overseas most of my childhood and loved (and still love) to wander the "spaces between". I could go on, but should probably do a blog post about this some time.
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How to Learn Almost Anything in 48 Hours by Tansel Ali
"Personally, I felt it's all dreadfully cumbersome. Instead of remembering 15 things you remember 15 stories. And so on. Then again, it could be a cool stuff to discuss, if one's not bored out of their freaking mind by trying to remember all kinds..." Read more of this review »
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The Invisibles by Grant Morrison
"Magic, psychic war, time travel, espionage. But how about that ending.

This series educated me, the reader, on both sides of the psychic war, mostly The Invisibles, the good guys, and their wacky and diversionary quest for truth, whatever that is...." Read more of this review »
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The borderline between violent, erotic psychosis and creativity is obliterated in this book. It is a grand experiment, but is it artistic or psychological, both or neither? Transgressive? Irreal? I honestly don't have the words.

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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
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“What harbor can receive you more securely than a great library?”
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“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
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message 77: by Forrest

Forrest Rebecca wrote: "
Happy holidays! :)"


Thank you, Rebecca! My hlidays have been great so far. Hoping the same for you!


message 76: by Rebecca

Rebecca McNutt description
Happy holidays! :)


message 75: by Forrest

Forrest Miriam wrote: "Merry Christmas!"

Merry Christmas, Miriam!


message 74: by Miriam

Miriam Merry Christmas!


message 73: by Forrest

Forrest Scott wrote: "Merry Christmas"

Thank you, Scott. Merry Christmas to you, as well!


message 72: by Scott

Scott Roberts Merry Christmas


message 71: by Forrest

Forrest Glenn wrote: "Thanks for liking my review of Fiasco, Forrest. Hope your creative life is treating you well. I'm engaged in a creative project that takes loads of time and takes me away from Goodreads, but I enjo..."

Yes, my time on GR has been rather limited, as well, due to a few projects, most of which are done now or winding down. However, another opportunity has presented itself. Never a dull moment!!!

And I really enjoyed your review!


message 70: by Glenn

Glenn Russell Thanks for liking my review of Fiasco, Forrest. Hope your creative life is treating you well. I'm engaged in a creative project that takes loads of time and takes me away from Goodreads, but I enjoy checking in and even writing a review now and again.


message 69: by Forrest

Forrest Glenn wrote: "Hey Forrest. Thanks for liking my review of Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy. I think I must have set some kind of Goodreads record with this review. Over 70 "likes" without one comment. I guess al..."

Probably because most people haven't read Nietzsche! :)


message 68: by Glenn

Glenn Russell Hey Forrest. Thanks for liking my review of Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy. I think I must have set some kind of Goodreads record with this review. Over 70 "likes" without one comment. I guess all those tragic masks might have freaked people out!


message 67: by Forrest

Forrest Seemita wrote: "Thank you for the friend invite and generous words, Forrest. You have some wonderful books up here and I look forward to discussions."

Thanks, Seemita. Looking forward to more of your reviews and interactions!


message 66: by Seemita (last edited Feb 06, 2016 10:27PM)

Seemita Thank you for the friend invite and generous words, Forrest. You have some wonderful books up here and I look forward to discussions.


message 65: by Forrest

Forrest I also look forward to continued bookish interaction! Thanks for responding to the invitation, Jibran.


message 64: by Jibran

Jibran Hi Forrest, I have been following your updates a while so thanks for friend invitation. I look forward to our future bookish discussions :)


message 63: by Forrest

Forrest Agnieszka wrote: "Thanks for invitation , Forrest ! Looking forward to future bookish interactions . Cheers ."

Thanks for accepting, Agnieszka! I'm also looking forward to our interations here!


Agnieszka Thanks for invitation , Forrest ! Looking forward to future bookish interactions . Cheers .


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7jane Forrest wrote: "Mercurialgem wrote: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Yay, I remembered! =)"

Thanks! Your memory is likely much better than mine. I had to think about it today when someone asked how old I was. I was counting o..."


Same with me; I have to pause a bit sometimes to remember XD


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Forrest Mercurialgem wrote: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Yay, I remembered! =)"

Thanks! Your memory is likely much better than mine. I had to think about it today when someone asked how old I was. I was counting on my fingers to figure it out: "Let's see. It's 2015 . . . And I was born in . . ."


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Forrest Miriam wrote: "Happy birthday!

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Thank you!


Mercurialgem HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Yay, I remembered! =)


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Miriam Happy birthday!




message 56: by Forrest

Forrest Vivian wrote: "Well, this should be fun. I don't have a lot of friends nosing through philosophy texts, so thanks for the friendvite. Now, I can read vicariously through you and perhaps, even be inspired to pick ..."

I've only recently started taking philosophical delves. Had a few bad experiences in the only philosophy course I took in college. But my own, unofficial explorations have been enlightening. There are other Goodreaders among my GR friends who are far more erudite than I am!


message 55: by Vivian

Vivian Well, this should be fun. I don't have a lot of friends nosing through philosophy texts, so thanks for the friendvite. Now, I can read vicariously through you and perhaps, even be inspired to pick up one again.


message 54: by Forrest

Forrest Jonathan wrote: "Thanks for the invite! Looking forward to raiding your shelves and reading your reviews...any lover of Calvino clearly has great taste"

Thanks, Jonathan, and likewise!


Jonathan Thanks for the invite! Looking forward to raiding your shelves and reading your reviews...any lover of Calvino clearly has great taste


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Forrest surfmadpig wrote: "And you are an author too? I hadn't noticed, how wonderful! Better check out your work then! I'll be honest when and if I review though. Which I have a hunch that you'll appreciate."

I like total honesty in reviews. I was a reader long before I was a writer. Besides, it's very difficult for writers to see their own flaws. But writers don't improve if others don't indicate both their strengths and weaknesses, and any writer worth his or her salt wants to know how to improve. Writers that can't handle criticism and acknowledge areas where they need to improve don't last long as writers. ☺

Looking forward to our continued interactions! Thanks for accepting my friend request. Looks like we have some similar tastes!


surfmadpig Oh, and you hated Catcher in the Rye too? I didn't like it either, but I think it's mainly because I read it too late in life - I think I might have enjoyed it when I was about 14. Also, not being able to send a proper message because you're an author is getting on my nerves. But I can see the logic behind it. Oh well.


surfmadpig And you are an author too? I hadn't noticed, how wonderful! Better check out your work then! I'll be honest when and if I review though. Which I have a hunch that you'll appreciate.


message 49: by Forrest

Forrest Thanks for accepting. Ronyell! Looking forward to many talks about books!


message 48: by Ronyell

Ronyell Hey Forrest! Thanks for the friend invite! I hope we get to talk about more books together!


Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Thanks for the friend invite, Forrest. It's nice to officially meet you! I enjoy your reviews as well.


message 46: by Forrest

Forrest Gregsamsa wrote: "Thanks for the friending, and let me offer my condolences for your recent loss. I get it. Ferrets are OUTSTANDING."

Thank you for your friending and for the condolences. Glad to meet another ferret fan here!


Gregsamsa Thanks for the friending, and let me offer my condolences for your recent loss. I get it. Ferrets are OUTSTANDING.


message 44: by Forrest

Forrest Erika wrote: "Yay! Thanks!"


Thank you! It looks like we've been lurking around each others' friends' borders for some time! Glad to make the connection.


message 43: by Erika

Erika Yay! Thanks!


message 42: by Forrest

Forrest Derrolyn wrote: "Hey Forrest! Thanks for friending :)"

Hey, Derrolyn! Thanks for making the connection!


Derrolyn Anderson Hey Forrest! Thanks for friending :)


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Forrest Nancy wrote: "Thanks for the add! You're the second in my circle of friends who enjoyed A Stranger in Olondria. I'll have to check it out soon."

It really is a great novel. You can sink yourself into it and forget about the world for a while. Took me away more than any other book I've read in the last year.


message 39: by Nancy

Nancy Thanks for the add! You're the second in my circle of friends who enjoyed A Stranger in Olondria. I'll have to check it out soon.


message 38: by Forrest

Forrest Scribble wrote: "Happy New Year, Forrest! - all the best for 2014!"

Thanks! Happy New Year to you, as well. I hope it's filled with fantastic new literary discoveries! Looks to be an eventful year for me. My novel edits are definitely going to cut into my reading time for the first 1/3 of the year. Looking forward to getting back to someone else's book once mine is in order.


Scribble Orca Happy New Year, Forrest! - all the best for 2014!


message 36: by Bob

Bob Collopy Thanks for adding me Forrest!

I'm glad to see that you want to help improve the book blogging community!

I am looking forward to us working together!


message 35: by Forrest

Forrest Dan wrote: "Nice writing shoes."

Thanks! I'm pretty happy with them.


message 34: by Dan

Dan Schwent Nice writing shoes.


message 33: by Forrest

Forrest mark wrote: "Happy Birthday Forrest!"

Thank you, good sir!


message 32: by mark

mark monday Happy Birthday Forrest!


Crowinator Hi Forrest,

Thanks for all the great recommendations for places to do fun stuff in Milwaukee and Madison. I especially appreciated the bookstore ideas. We actually got a membership to the art museum and we've been enjoying it so far, and I like the Third Ward a lot from what I've seen of it. I can't wait for nicer weather -- it looks like Milwaukee has an outdoor festival practically every day in the summer.


message 30: by Forrest

Forrest Sam wrote: "Hi Forrest,

Really liked your review of The Great Gatsby! Lovely to 'meet' you. Looking forward to discussing books with you :)"


Thank you, Sam! And I really liked your review of The Great Gatsby as well! Amazing how that book can pull stuff out of us and string it all out on an examination table. Looking forward to your comments and critiques, too.


message 29: by Forrest

Forrest Jonathan wrote: "Ah thanks for the friend request!"

Thanks for accepting!


Jonathan Terrington Ah thanks for the friend request!


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