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Literary Fiction

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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”.

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Solace Of Stone

By David de Wolf

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Two people individually work their way through failed relationships and frustration in order to figure out who they are and what they want out of life.