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Moon Snake

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My mother always said, "Nothing as sad as a moth that thinks it's found the moon in a candle flame." And that is who I am, or who I am meant to have been. I whisper under my breath, "Moon in a candle flame, moon in a candle flame." And it's true. It's sad but also beautiful.
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Published June 1st 2017 by Eraserhead Press
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Danger
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Comprised of two unrelated but thematically similar novellas, Moon Snake is a Richard Brautigan-esque stroll through lyrical dreamscapes. The worlds presented here aren’t firm, and could be almost inaccessible as a reader were it not driven by Kirsten Alene’s hypnotic and musical prose. I’d even go so far as to say these two novellas are more like epic poems than actual, plot-driven stories. The delivery is deft. The imagery is vivid, yet at the same time, soft and haunting. This is a book that ...more
Marvin
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Moon Snake consists of two novellas that are part literary landscape and part magical fairytale, Kirsten Alene has an unique style that transmits a strange surreal innocence. Her worlds are her own with talking mastiffs, pear blossoms, avocado houses, dream ships, and many other strange things and entities . It's hard to compare her to anyone else but I kept envisioning the mystical worlds of Tanith Lee combined with the deceptive simplicity of Banana Yoshimoto. What brings Alene to the forefron ...more
Christopher  Nelson
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Double Feature Fairytale Fantastique with a Secret Human Center

Moon Snake is the kind of story that spirits you away to an island of lost dreams, with fantastical collisions between the real and the incredible. While the characters come across as innocent, single dimensional fairytale constructs on introduction, they slowly reveal their true depth as the story progresses through avocado tree houses and dream ships, and the ultimate menace of the foreboding Red Bridge. The story is very well wr
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G. Brown
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Kelly Link, Brian Allen Carr
Fables Built Out of the Bones of Dreams...

Alene's writing here is so stark and stripped of pretense that it could almost be mistaken for something easy to write. I think, to the contrary, writing like this is extremely hard to pull off. What we have here is sort of Calvino shaved of his excesses and rerouted through Brautigan. A delight to read. And a departure from her earlier novels.
Shane Douglas Keene
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another review coming to Hellnotes/Horror World/The Horror Tree. I'll copy an excerpt here after it goes live but don't wait for that. This bizarro/horror/fairy tale mashup novella collection defies categorization and requires your attention. Kirsten Alene is a brilliant author who pens some of the most gorgeous prose I've ever seen, poetic, haunting, and rife with emotion.
Ben Arzate
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Moon Snake's novelettes are sad and full of surreal yet beautiful imagery conveyed in poetic minimalist prose. Despite the dream-like narratives, both stories deal with the crumbling of relationships in ways that many would find they could easily empathize with.
Bryanna Plog
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm no avid horror/bizarro reader but loved this book. You easy can lose yourself in the beautiful writing though are then shocked by the twists and turns of the two novellas in this book. It seemed to me a mix of literary fiction/fairy tale/magic realism but really it's just good storytelling. I already need to reread this! Recommended for anyone who wants a deep, but not long, read to start thinking about the world in a different way and lose themselves in great writing. Loved reading this out ...more
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