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MLKNG SCKLS

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This is the "deleted scenes" for the novel Falcons on the Floor.
MLKNG SCKLS is a short collection of Salim Abid's deleted Word documents written during his escape up the Euphrates from Fallujah to Ramadi. That metanarrative provides the conceit of this chapbook, lushly composed by Justin Sirois and edited by Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy. MLKNG SCKLS provides a bristling
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Paperback, 60 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Publishing Genius Press (first published May 4th 2009)
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Matthew
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Brief, beautifully written excerpts from a novel that I, frankly, can't wait to read. Two people walking through a desert in Iraq, escaping conflict.

A bell maybe can't be unrung. A meal, though, can apparently be uncooked.
Mike Young
Jul 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
The best uncooking scene in literature
Waven
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Let me preface everything that follows by saying this chapbook has to be taken in the proper context. As a stand-alone, it won't make much sense, though I think it can serve as introduction to the larger novel it's based on, Falcons on the Floor. With no prologue or notes, it dives straight into the story of Salim and Khalil's long walk to Ramadi, opening with a disquieting dream that echoes undertones from both books. The entries move from disturbing to funny and back, expanding the young men's ...more
Justin Sirois
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A tight, spare and quietly tense gem of a book.

Brian Evenson

Author of Last Days and The Open Curtain

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MLKNG SCKLS is a book characterized by contemplate urgency, a story and a project that reflects on the nature of life, war, and narrative itself. Sirois, through the presentation of hallucinatory consciousness, offers an undeniably human portrait.

Spencer Dew, decomp Magazine

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Clean and visceral like few others. Sentences like nails. MLKNG SCKLS is an intense new visi
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David
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've never seen an independent work formed from deleted scenes from a novel before, and maybe I should have read the novel first, but this worked for me just fine on it's own. I'm pretty curious about the novel now and I ought to check that out too. This is different from the other works of Sirois I've seen, more subtle. The writing is poetic and starkly moving. Graphic reality in parts and fanciful strangeness in others, this is an impressive short work.
Rupert
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Herr Sirois goes into Iraq penning work similar in depth and tone to that of Cormac McCarthy. I've read a lot of Justin's poetry, including from his college days that he attempts to hide, and it's interesting to see his prose style. Elegiac!
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Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Big fan.
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I'm a novelist living in Baltimore. Books: So Say the Waiters (optioned for TV), Falcons on the Floor, The Last Book of Baghdad, and Two Girls.
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