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I'm not relentless. "Relentless" makes it sound like there's something called "relent" and that I'm lacking it. In that sense, I'm not relentless, but perhaps I'm unrelenting. I could relent if I wanted to. But he always has to die. I mean "always" in two senses: at all times and all of the time. I can't kill him all of the time. That would take too long. But all of the ...more
Paperback, 1st, 150 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Clash Books
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Tracy Robinson
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
About 20 years ago, I read Milan Kunderas Unbearable Lightness of Being for an upper level English major course. It came on the heels of Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, and I felt like I was wrapped in a whirlwind. Zhivago is a dense Russian novel of love and loss. Kunderas book is lighter in terms of length but is mentally heavy. Why this trip down memory lane? Charlene Elsbys debut novella, Hexis, is as dense and heavy as both Pasternak and Kunderas books. Its a head trip of love, loss, ...more
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Though this is a slim book at 138 pages, dont let its size fool you. There is much more than meets the eye between these pages. The explanation of the title, a philosophical term, is an epigraph to the book, and the definition itself is obfuscating, serving as a warning of what the reader is about to get themselves into.

This book is not an easy read, nor was it meant to be. It doesnt follow a typical narrative and in fact, I wouldnt call it a narrative story at all. But if you are interested to
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Martin Llewellyn
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book that is titled after an obscure term from Aristotelian philosophy is unlikely to be fated for a large readership. Hexis is not, nor was it probably intended to be, an easy read, describing as it does a nameless narrators repeated attempts to murder her childhood beau, it has the quality of a queasy nightmare. Embedded in Hexis is Hex, and Hexis is basically the story of a curse that (following Aristotle) could exist in the state between the narrator and the object of her thanatotic ...more
Autumn Christian
CLASH just keeps putting out great books. This is an odd little horror-comedy about a woman that can't stop killing her ex-boyfriends. It had Patrick Bateman vibes, but instead of railing against the constraints of masculinity, it's about the constraints of femininity and how it makes one woman tear at the edges of it. It's an unconventional narrative and oftentimes reads more like a philosophy tract than a traditional story.

Elsby has a hilarious, acerbic wit and writes like a razor. It's
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Jessica Drake-Thomas
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hexis is a stream of consciousness narrative about a woman who kills one manthe same manover and over again. Her obsessive, detailed analysis of each killing, explaining how and why reminds me of Nicholson Bakers The Mezzanine, in its first person narrative with extreme attention to detail.

At some points, I wondered if it was whether the narrator killing men who represent him, as serial killers tend to do. There is one person that they target, and they kill people who remind them of that
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David Tromblay
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here is a compelling read from paragraph one. I wouldn't dare call this a page-turner. Instead, imagine if you will, getting shoved down a flight of stairs through a cyclic tale of violence and unraveling psychosis that lasts for 150 pages, interrupted only by unexpected bouts of violence as quick and to the point as a sucker-punch, only you're getting pistol-whipped, too, and the pistol goes off and hits center mass each time the stairs come to a landing without failure. Buy this one today.
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