BOOK | FICTION | THRILLER USA, Inc. (A Mike Wardman Novel: Book 1) by Larry Kahaner RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ When acclaimed and prolific author, investigative journalist, and private investigator Larry Kahaner reached out to me to see if I would be interested in receiving a copy of his latest thriller, USA, … Continue reading A First-Rate Fish Tale of a Thriller: USA, Inc. – A Review
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA FILM | MOVIE | STUDIO | DRAMA RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ At least that seems to be the math formula used to come up with the cast list. I suppose, though, to get the full sum of major characters, we would have to carry the new James Bond … Continue reading Games of Thrones + Peaky Blinders / Harry Potter = In the Heart of the Sea
...I am knee deep (I'm pretty tall dude so that's pretty darn deep) into so much stuff* -- stuff being formatting my two latest books HOW NOT TO DIE and SHORT VERSES & OTHER CURSES into print editions; setting up the logistics for the film adaptation of my short story "Leave" (fundraiser announcement soon - … Continue reading I was going to review Hemingway’s A MOVEABLE FEAST, but…
THE REVENANT FILM | MOVIE | STUDIO | DRAMA RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ Since I didn't know off the top of my head what the word "revenant" meant, I had thought, in the spirit of Shakespeare, it was a word created specifically for Art's sake by combining the words revenge and covenant. Seeing the … Continue reading THE REVENANT: It’s Really Good (for a laugh)
As you may be aware, Paul’s work is not unfamiliar to this site, as his THE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMA is reviewed here and is my favorite Indie Author read to date.
I strongly encourage you – it’s for your own good, believe me – to visit with Paul at both his literary review site and at his author site paulxylinides.com to check out the intellectually intriguing work he does. Make sure you follow his sites so you don’t miss out in the future.
To read my review of THE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMA, click here.
To read more of Paul’s writing found on this site, enter “paul xylinides” in the search box.
Short Verses & Other Curses
(Haiku, Senryū, & Other Poetic, Artistic, & Photographic Miscellany)
A Warrior Poet’s Hard-Won Epiphanies
Self-made and/or naturally insight-endowed, Kurt Brindley has the soul of a poet; further, he has the soul of a warrior poet. He makes passing reference to the martial tradition that has also been a part of his life in the poem “If I Were A Samurai:”
I would know
when to bow
and when to ignore
when to speak
and when to be silent
when to eat
and when to fast
when to think
and when to meditate
when to advance
and when to hold
when to strike
and when to parry
when to kill
and when to die
All writers — the serious and the not-so-much — inevitably find themselves in a battle, as often as not Biblical in proportions, for the human…
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I was going to post this on Saturday, seeing that August 8 was the last day for submissions to this volume of the Indie Author Book Selection & Review, but when I went to check my post office box - something I do only infrequently or when one of you kind folk email me to … Continue reading One of these Fine Looking Books will be our selection for the IABS&R Volume IV…
This reveal comes from the second package of books I received the other day from my significant haul at the PO Box. The first package of which I revealed here. Subsequent to this haul I received another package from author K.D. Rose, so I will be revealing her book sometime next week. In the interim, … Continue reading A NEW HUMAN & A MULTI DIMENSIONAL PARADIGM by Avril Meyler: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal
Quite the haul from just one visit to my PO Box, wouldn't you say? Makes me feel like a kid at Christmas... Well, we kind of kicked off the IABS&R Volume IV with this, so what do you say we go ahead and get this party started? We'll start off by revealing DON'T TOUCH THE … Continue reading DON’T TOUCH THE GLASS by G.N. Boorse: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal
BOOK | FICTION | LITERARY HAWSER by J Hardy Carroll RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ To one who considers some of his favorite literary works to be those about World War II - SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE and CATCH 22 being the obvious ones - the war seems to be very present for me, when in fact … Continue reading A World At War Just Like It Was Yesterday: HAWSER – A Review
A while back, I made notice that we were going to manage IABS&R Volume 3 a little bit differently than we had the previous two. Seeing how I am knee deep into my Emerson Commitment, and I am slowly, very slowly, putting together a collection of my short stories and flash fiction, I thought it … Continue reading Let the Games Begin! The IABS&R Volume 3 Games, that is…
BOOK | FICTION | LITERARY THE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMA by Paul Xylinides RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ I could have spent the time writing this review of Indie Author Paul Xylinides's novel The Wild Horses of Hiroshima comparing and contrasting it with other similar works of literary fiction, or I could have attempted to … Continue reading Paul Xylinides, a literary fiction author in the classical sense for our less than literary contemporary times – A Review
Well, I wouldn't actually call my review for the IABS&R Volume 2 selection a showdown, but lowdown and IABS&R just doesn't have the same ring to it as does lowdown and showdown... Can you dig? However, since I'm still a long way off from finishing the selection, which, by way of reminder, is The Wild … Continue reading The Lowdown for the Showdown…
THE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMA by Paul Xylinides Before I talk about why I selected Paul's book, I first want to say thank you to all three authors who submitted their books for this round of the IABS&R. And, truly, each of the books, with their tight, eye-catching book covers and their interesting descriptions, could … Continue reading The IABS&R Volume 2 Selection Is…
BOOK | FICTION | THRILLER HANDS OF EVIL by Melissa Barker-Simpson RATING: ★ ★ ★ It seems that in this supposed enlightened day and age in which we live that there wouldn't be, at least there certainly shouldn't be, so much preventable human tragedy happening as frequently as it does. On any given day at … Continue reading Hands of Evil, Just Another Evil Sign of the Times – A Review
I suppose the easiest, and quickest, way to sum up Maugham's Of Human Bondage would be to write something along the lines of "most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them," which appears to be the case for the story's protagonist Phillip Carey.
The Indie Author Book Selection & Review plan, that is. 1. My review of HANDS OF EVIL by Melissa Barker-Simpson, the IABS&R Volume 1 selection, will be published at 8:00PM** Friday, December 5, 2014. 2. Submissions for IABS&R Volume 2 will close upon publication of the HANDS OF EVIL review. 3. IABS&R Volume 2 selection … Continue reading So here’s the plan, Stan*…
I will say, though, that THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLES is surreal, sophisticated, and a bit weird (The word weird is used so many times in the book I nearly went bloody mad. It was weird.).
SHORT STORY | FICTION | LITERATURE A NOTE by John Northcutt Young RATING: ★ ★ ★ Some people should die That's just unconscious knowledge - Jane's Addiction It is hard for me to imagine anyone past the age of puberty who has not contemplated suicide. I don't mean actually contemplating committing suicide -- … Continue reading In Contemplation of the Art and Act of Suicide – A Review
I guess there is something to be said for operating on leftover pizza highs... First off, I believe both a sincere thank you and a hearty congratulations are in order. We've had quite the response to the "Hey Author, what's your book about?" post from a few days back. And for that, I say, from … Continue reading The way forward for our little “Indie Author Book Selection & Review” flash of a grassroots response thing we got going here…
This wonderful, seemingly lesser-known, online music mag provides a very meaty, eclectic new music mix download each month all for the low cost of you subscribing to their newsletter - CMJ (back in the dark ages all this used to happen each month within the confines of a slick paper magazine and the mix was … Continue reading Musically speaking…