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Literary Fiction

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I, Paris

By Rick Garnett

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

To understand the significance of this novel, readers should first be familiar with the basics of Paris’s role in the Trojan War of Greek mythology. Paris has often been portrayed as “weak, almost effeminate,” as author Rick Garnett states in his introduction. In this novel, there’s an attempt to humanize him.

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Field of Vision

By Michael Jarvis

Rating: ★★★★½ 

FIELD OF VISION is the lyrical, simmering story of a jaded photographer occasionally named Jake who, at age 27, is unafraid to take pictures of a man who threatens to kill him.

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Orbit Beach

By Jane Etarie

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

An unreliable and unlikable narrator’s account of her attempts to get pregnant, her lousy job, her boyfriend, and a great many other subjects. The unnamed narrator of Jane Etarie’s ORBIT BEACH thinks her car has been stolen. (Actually, she just lost it during a drunken bender.) And then, if that’s not bad enough, her boyfriend […]

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The Brain Within Its Groove

By L. N. Nino

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

THE BRAIN WITHIN ITS GROOVE by L. N. Nino is a horror-fiction novella supposedly based on an Emily Dickinson poem whose opening line lent the piece its title.

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Bizarre language and a plot that jumps around a little too much makes it difficult to fully engage in HOT MINNESOTA SEX DEATH.  |  

Hot Minnesota Sex Death

By M.R. Nesheim

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

HOT MINNESOTA SEX DEATH is set in a place called Nede, a bizarre town frozen by the exile of a godlike creature to underneath an icy lake.

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Lemonade Revealed

By Will Chluho

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A young boy, shipwrecked and amnesiac, finds himself through relationships with three very different father figures.

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The Tournament

By Kenneth Kirkeby

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Vietnam veteran and Wall Street stockbroker Jim Nielsen flies down to the Bahamas to take part in a fishing tournament. As their plane flies over the Little Cay Club, Jim catches a glimpse of the classic sportfisherman, The Katherine H., and is immediately thrown back to memories of his time with the owner’s daughter, the girl he loved as a youth, Inez Hutchinson.

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The Woodpecker Menace

By Ted Olinger

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

A volume of interconnected short stories involving both the animals and the people who inhabit a small peninsula in the Pacific Northwest.

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Slash

By Evan Kingston

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Alex vents her frustrations by addictively reading slash fiction about Koop’s Kitchen, America’s number one family drama television show since 1998. Yet her private pastime takes on a new level of curiosity when the more perverted slash stories at kkslash.net start to portend the deaths of minor actors from the show.

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Darshan

By Amrit Chima

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amrit Chima’s DARSHAN is a multigenerational family saga that travels from India to Fiji to the United States, along the way introducing a huge number of characters and subplots.

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Moon On Water

By Matthew Gasda

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A man contemplates life, love, death and connection while interacting with lovers and roommates in a a stream of consciousness style prose poem.

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Leaving Paradise

By Haga Thunder

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

LEAVING PARADISE is the tale of a man moving through the painful aftermath of a life filled with self-indulgence and how he is transformed with “the glint of a razor”.