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What happens when a woman gives birth to a machine gun?

"Mother has something else to say but music won’t stop music is here to stay. For ‘music’, read language. In this headlong tumble of a novella, we see not only an (unhinged/possibly murderous) Mother searching for her (autistic/possibly murderous) son, but also we see language itself, banged up and tripping, a blee
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Paperback, 100 pages
Published August 1st 2014 by Lazy Fascist Press
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Richard Derus
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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Rating: 3.8* of five

The Publisher Says: What happens when a woman gives birth to a machine gun?

"Mother has something else to say but music won’t stop music is here to stay. For ‘music’, read language. In this headlong tumble of a novella, we see not only an (unhinged/possibly murderous) Mother searching for her (autistic/possibly murderous) son, but also we see language itself, banged up and tripping, a bleeding anatomy of Biblical, crime show, tabloid, service industry phrases joined into a bo
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Michael Seidlinger
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Mother says be well book, be well. Don't let the world bring you down. ...more
John Bruni
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pure poetry. Pure lunatic poetry. To say more would be a crime.
David
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just can't get over how much Seidlinger changes from one book to another, each startlingly different, new, and masterfully done. The fewer words he uses, the more is conveyed under the surface. This one definitely borders poetry, rapid fire surreal yet clear moments of fatality, motherhood, and blood. Yet, it's surprisingly delicate like thin glass sculpture. I worry that it will shatter when I try to describe it, the only description adequate being the words of the book itself. There are just ...more
Matt
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Under the skin, breathing beneath the surface a guilt of violence swells, but it also contemplates that there is more. Michael Seidlinger uses quick language (words sharpened for a cut and a stab) to pull emotions from full clips. The book should have came with an empty shell casing.
Hatchet Mouth
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Seidlinger is becoming one of my favorite authors to follow. If he ever becomes fully aware of his talent, I think the work will suffer. He should continue to just punch away at the keys, ridding himself of one malaise at a time (or creating more).

I didn't really know what to expect from this one after reading The Fun We've Had earlier this year. TFWH was about two people drifting in a coffin on the ocean, surrounded by sharks. He used said ambiance to explore heavy relationship territory, when
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David Bridges
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reader likes book. Reader like writers writing style for book. Reader like bad ass cover by artist who made it. Publisher continues to put out good books. You should read it sometime...
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Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The ending was great.
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I always think a true test of a good book is that you can't put it down and always keen to read the next book at the end. So it's check and check from me. ...more
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MICHAEL J. SEIDLINGER is a Filipino American author of Runaways: A Writer's Dilemma (Future Tense Books, 2021) and other books. He has written for, among others, Wired, Buzzfeed, Thrillist, Goodreads, The Observer, Polygon, The Believer, and Publishers Weekly. He teaches at Portland State University and has led workshops at Catapult, Kettle Pond Writer's Conference, and Sarah Lawrence. You can fin ...more

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