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Fireside Popsicles by Trevor Neale
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Jul 30, 2014

it was amazing

There are 26 of these Twisted Tales Told by the Fire in all; each one a unique flavor. I’m pleased with Fireside Press for including such diversity within their anthology. The flow of the book is beautifully curated, each story carefully placed as if they were tracks on an album. Keeping a tight pace, and yet allowing for significant shifts in genre, tone, and style. A perfect example of which is the pairing of Rick Austin’s tale “The Mysterious Case of the Post-Apocalyptic Oxymoron” just before Michael Allen Rose’s “Confession and Redemption of the Apostle Abbot Technobabble.” Austin plays linguistic gymnastics, ripping colloquialisms apart and quilting them together again. This master wordsmithery provides a beautiful segue into the delightful madness of MAR’s pastafarian prophet.

I’m floored by Emily Stern’s ability to paint a layered portrait and turn it on its head (“Mellow Yellow”), I simply have no words [adequate] for “A Moment of Silence” (by Max Booth III), and Gabino Iglesias’ “In the Tub”… well, I’ll tell you what I told him, “You hit me right in the heart, and turned the knife in the only way that could make me laugh and dry heave simultaneously.” It was the first time I’ve ever been compelled to write an author, for the express purpose of lauding their work.

Having said all that, the three stories which made a profound impact upon me were: Becky Flade’s “Elementary Contract,” J.C. Michael’s “Closing the Deal,” and Jeremy Maddux’s “The Street Artist.” Each of these stories are easily worth the price of admission on their own. I could discuss their strengths at great length, but I’d rather not spoil the thrills for you!
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July 30, 2014 – Started Reading
July 30, 2014 – Shelved
July 30, 2014 –
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August 4, 2014 – Finished Reading
August 13, 2014 –
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Jeremy Maddux Thanks for the shout out, Sauda.


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