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Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower
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May 22, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: genre-short-stories, subject-recession

For an experienced reader it is a true joy to discover a writer with such an extraordinary spark of originality. Each of these stories burn by with a fever of excitement. The language is uniformly contemporary (even in the title story concerning Viking marauders), with such images as: "They broke their hearts on schedule always in the same indigo half hour of the morning" and "A connoisseur of the chance encounter he would have strived to speak the language of cockatoos if one touched down beside him." In particular, the story "On the Show" has an entire wealt of material that could easily be expanded into an engrossing novel length work. I do not remember any book of short stories exciting me as much since reading Tim Gautreaux's Same Places, Same Things, over ten years ago.
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