Slowing Down the Synapses

Or, Speeding Up the Reviews Not the primary reason but one of the reasons I decided back in April to take a hiatus from the web was because I wanted to give my brain a break from all the nonsensical chatter that was cluttering it so. I have been having what I collectively call chemo … Continue reading Slowing Down the Synapses

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A First-Rate Fish Tale of a Thriller: USA, Inc. – A Review

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

I was going to review Hemingway’s A MOVEABLE FEAST, but…

...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…

An Introduction to Author MB Bissett

In my last post “Hey Reader, What’s Your Angle,” I invited you all to share a link to a book that you’ve reviewed that provides some insight, via your writing, as to how you apply your critical thinking strategy towards the books you read.

I’m so happy that MB BLISSETT was kind/brave enough to take me up on the offer; for, not only did he introduce me to THE FEVER by Meg Abbott with his interesting and insightful review of her work, he introduced me to a new eclectic world of creativity and intellect that can be found all throughout his website.

After reading his review that I introduce here, I strongly urge you to then head straight to his About page as it is most interesting and entertaining – I read it and I feel a strong kinship with his outlook toward writing and his literary taste.

Comments are closed here so that you can share your thoughts directly with MB at his website.

MB Blissett

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs posits that when base needs are met, then your desires become more refined. Which usually means that your fears probably work on the same level. If you’re not risking death every single time that you give birth, then you’re worried that they will live to be healthy adults and when they’re healthy adolescents, you’re worried about any number of factors. Within the haunted house of parenthood and adolescence, Megan Abbott knows where the ghosts live and shows them to you.

The Fever ably captures the beauty and passion, the terror, the contradictory desire for freedom and privacy, the secrets that women keep from themselves and one another. She uses social media and how it intertwines and defines the worlds of young people subtly and effectively. In the iconography of the modern world, the online video is the sermon, the blowing of the whistle or in this…

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Hey Reader, What’s Your Angle?

Probably the most influential and impactive course I took during my college years (and for me, "college years" do not mean four coming-out-years of raucous partying and occasional studying, it means thirteen long and tedious years of night school, transferring to this college or that college depending on where the military assigned me, and all … Continue reading Hey Reader, What’s Your Angle?

What’s On Your Bookshelf?

So, I just created a new page called "Writing Resources" where I've listed all the books in my library that I consider as resources critical to my self as a writer. Check it out - hopefully you'll find some use out of it. And I'm always looking for new books to further my development so … Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf?

A Review of Short Verses & Other Curses by Paul Xylinides of theliteraryreader

I am very proud and honored to have received such a warm review from the great Paul Xylinides of the theliteraryreader (theliteraryreader.com).

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.

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Short Verses

Review

of

Kurt Brindley’s

Short Verses & Other Curses
(Haiku, Senryū, & Other Poetic, Artistic, & Photographic Miscellany)

by

Paul Xylinides

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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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Volume IV Selection for the Indie Author Book Selection & Review

You may have heard that Dr. Wayne Dyer has died. And you may have seen several of my posts where I discuss how much Dr. Dyer has meant to me over the recent years. And you may have noticed that I often referred to him, this man who has meant so much to me and … Continue reading Volume IV Selection for the Indie Author Book Selection & Review

One of these Fine Looking Books will be our selection for the IABS&R Volume IV…

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…

I HAVE NO VOICE AND I MUST WRITE: A Guest Post by Author K. D. Rose

I love caustic writers. They write how I think except they're more witty. And incisive. And, um, better writers. Here's an example of what I mean. Check out Chuck Wendig's piece called Dear guy who is mad because I wrote a gay character in a book. Or try John Hartness, entitled: Why your self-published book … Continue reading I HAVE NO VOICE AND I MUST WRITE: A Guest Post by Author K. D. Rose

HEAVY BAGS OF SOUL by K.D. Rose: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal

I'm very happy to say that we have yet another submission to ponder over for Volume IV of the Indie Author Book Selection & Review. And by what I've seen of the book so far, it appears to be quite the submission, indeed. And I'm very very happy to say that this may not even … Continue reading HEAVY BAGS OF SOUL by K.D. Rose: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal

A NEW HUMAN & A MULTI DIMENSIONAL PARADIGM by Avril Meyler: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal

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

THE CREATOR OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS: A Guest Post by Author G.N. Boorse

  Oscar Wilde, in his famous preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray begins, “The artist is the creator of beautiful things.” But I’ve been struggling to understand what he means by that. Do all artists create beauty? Are all of those who create beauty artists? E. L. James recently published another book in the … Continue reading THE CREATOR OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS: A Guest Post by Author G.N. Boorse

DON'T TOUCH THE GLASS front cover

DON’T TOUCH THE GLASS by G.N. Boorse: 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

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A World At War Just Like It Was Yesterday: HAWSER – A Review

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

THE GHOSTS OF THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT – A Relating to Humans Philosophical Issue

It's been a while since I have shared a submission from the Relating to Humans feature and I so pleased to get things started again by sharing this hauntingly beautiful piece from our Philosophical Issues feature by Philip A Green. As a quick update, on Wednesday evening we'll have a much anticipated (certainly by me) … Continue reading THE GHOSTS OF THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT – A Relating to Humans Philosophical Issue

A Poetic Response to our Occult Relationship with the Vegetable as found in “Nature” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister, is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me, and I to them. The waving of the boughs in the storm, is new to me and old. It takes me by surprise, and … Continue reading A Poetic Response to our Occult Relationship with the Vegetable as found in “Nature” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Let’s give it a go, shall we…

I wasn't planning on committing myself to another IABS&R round just yet; however, I made the mistake of picking up Indie Author J. Hardy Carroll's novel HAWSER to casually leaf through it during a rare fit of nothing-to-do-ness. Well, you know how it goes - one thing page led to another and before I knew … Continue reading Let’s give it a go, shall we…