{book} open mic

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices edited by Mitali Perkins Candlewick, 2013. (ages 12 & up) hardcover, 127pages w/ “About the Contributors.” Library loan. As Mitali Perkins observes in her “Introduction,” “humor has the power to break down barriers and cross borders. Once you’ve shared a laugh with someone, it’s almostContinue reading “{book} open mic”

{book} the power & in just one body (of work)

Of note: my writing about an excellent short story collection equates to a long post. But I do give you a few paragraphs (up to the asterisks) before ~brief remarks on each of the stories. The Thing Around Your Neck : a collection of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Alfred A Knopf, 2009. Hardcover,Continue reading “{book} the power & in just one body (of work)”

{book} speaking of paradise

Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman Scribner (Simon&Schuster) 2012. hardcover, 224 pages. purchased at a Library sale some time back with a vague memory of reading a positive review from a trusted source. Please:  If you are not a reader of short stories as a general rule, bear with me onContinue reading “{book} speaking of paradise”

{comic} curiosities

The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects by Mike Mignola; Dark Horse Comics, 2010. “The Amazing Screw-On Head” is the first short story of the collection wherein President Abraham Lincoln calls Screw-On Head to action. The Emperor Zombie who in life was Professor H.G. Manifold has gotten hold of a dangerous manuscript that no oneContinue reading “{comic} curiosities”

{comic} the eternal smile

The Eternal Smile : Three Stories by by Gene Luen Yang & Derek Kirk Kim First Second Books, 2009. Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim are authors and artists who’ve teamed up in this collection of three short stories, or three individual comics. The three pieces find commonality in their use of cultural influences, like fairytales,Continue reading “{comic} the eternal smile”

{book} you are not a stranger here

“You and all the inheritors of wealth who think life is a matter of perfected sentiment. You are wrong.” (“The Volunteer” 237) You know those books you should have just gone ahead and read because people you trust swore by them? You Are Not a Stranger Here: Stories by Adam Haslett has been sitting onContinue reading “{book} you are not a stranger here”

Guys Read : Thriller

Ten stories guaranteed to thrill, chill, and have you so far on the edge of your seat that you’re actually on someone else’s, from the following notorious authors: M.T. Anderson, Patrick Carman, Gennifer Choldenko, Matt de la Pena, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Bruce hale, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Anthony Horowitz, Walter Dean Myers, James Patterson; with IllustrationsContinue reading “Guys Read : Thriller”

Stories: All-New Tales (pt2)

this is part 2 of my post on Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio edited Stories: All-New Tales (2010, William Morrow). Part one is here. Part 2 involves my [brief] responses to each of the 27 stories collected, and the introduction. ******************* As I was reading Stories I kept thinking how hard it must be to notContinue reading “Stories: All-New Tales (pt2)”

Stories: All-New Tales (pt 1)

Stories: All-New Tales Edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio William Morrow & Company, 2010 Hardcover, 448 pages. 27 stories, introduction, and brief contributors’ bios. “Talking to Al Sarrantino I realised that I was not alone in finding myself increasingly frustrated with the boundaries of genre: the idea that categories which existed only to guideContinue reading “Stories: All-New Tales (pt 1)”

after the quake: stories by haruki murakami

After the Quake: stories by Haruki Murakami Translated from Japanese by Jay Rubin Edition read: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. Contents: ufo in kushiro; landscape with flatiron; all god’s children can dance; thailand; super-frog saves tokyo; honey pie. I had yet to read anything by the highly esteemed Murakami and Sean was looking for a new(toContinue reading “after the quake: stories by haruki murakami”