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watch the whole goddamned thing burn by Doungjai Gam
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it was amazing

"This is a dream that ends in nothingness. Let me have this last thought"

I had been looking forward to reading this since I first heard of its pending publication. My need to read it intensified after hearing Gam read a portion at the Wyrd: A Horror Reading Event back in June of 2019 (Koto, Salem MA). I remember clearly how passionately she read, each word increasingly nuanced. I also remember the look of pride in the eyes of her fiance as she appeared to shed the shyness so many amazing writers seem to have when speaking in front of a crowd.
The protagonist is a completely believable character, one you cannot help but feel for - who embarks on a short but swift journey of revenge without fully contemplating the consequences of her actions, no matter how justified those actions may have been.
The cover, and interior illustrations are superb, adding incredible depth to this story.
Watch the whole goddamned thing burn will move you, as it did me...and this bleak, quick read (it is a chap book) was a gut-punch, and will stay with me for a long time.

Be sure to read Doungjai's other amazing collection - Glass slipper dreams, shattered (Apokrupha, August 2018), readily available in e-book and paperback format via Amazon (or even better, but a copy direct!)

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Reading Progress

January 25, 2020 – Started Reading
January 25, 2020 – Shelved
January 25, 2020 – Finished Reading

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