Mar 28, 2015
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Literary Fiction

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Your Smallest Bones

By Sean Taylor

Rating:  star star star star star 

Characters contend with loneliness and longing in these twelve short stories. A depressed man engages a child in a discussion of Heaven and Hell in San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden. A man who can’t control his mastication finds and loses a woman in a backless dress. The quirky denizens of an apartment building live separate […]

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Armor of Glass

By R. M. A. Spears

Rating:  star star star star star 

A jaded marine recounts his troubled love life as he rides a commuter train toward an unknown future.

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The Woman in the Movie Star Dress

By Praveen Asthana

Rating:  star star star star star 

Genevieve Nightcloud, shopgirl at the Hollywood Clothing Store, believes in a theory of transference: “that clothing might carry something of the spirit of the owner” and that when old clothes are worn by new people, the chi of the original owner is transferred onto the new wearer.

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Water Lessons

By Chadwick Wall

Rating:  star star star star star 

A displaced Louisiana man seeks a new home and career in New England – but is he really meant to leave his roots behind forever?

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The Damnable Legacy Of A Minister’s Wife

By G. Elizabeth Kretchmer

Rating:  star star star star star 

Although Beth was the minister’s wife, she wasn’t much of a believer, so when she died of cancer she wasn’t sure what the afterlife would entail. Instead of slipping into nothingness or a picturesque heaven, Beth ends up in limbo.

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The Former Hero

By Jeffrey Allen Mays

Rating:  star star star star star 

The abduction of a little girl kick starts a noir-infused ride through a city ruled by villains. Before the tale’s completion, an impotent hero, a single mother, a Harley-riding loner, and a rundown detective will all face demons inside and out.

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The Vineyard

By Michael Hurley

Rating:  star star star star star 

THE VINEYARD starts with contemplations of suicide and to whom a suicide is truly beneficial.

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The Gertrude Threshold

By Christopher Brooks

Rating:  star star star star star 

In the future, scientist Stan Gertrude discovers the Sun is expanding so rapidly that its heat will consume the Earth within a few generations. After years of ineffective action, the Warming forces all underground, where the survivors can await the Gertrude Threshold, the day humanity will meet complete destruction.

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A Better World

By Belangela G. Tarazona

Rating:  star star star star star 

A BETTER WORLD follows the lives of three women, each facing dire circumstances due to war and violence. Life has not been fair to them, but they are determined to move forward despite the enormous hurdles presented by their respective, dismal plights.

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In the Shape of a Man

By Paul Clayton

Rating:  star star star star star 

In a bleak tale of two men and their families in South San Francisco, everything seems fairly miserable. Their daily lives, on the same street, are seemingly hopeless in opposite situations. But everything is not as it seems at first glance, it is all much worse.

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Trashed

By Robert Hagen Rich

Rating:  star star star star star 

After moving to New York, Hayden is struggling with a great deal. He is struggling to get by, to get the girl and to get a grip on his reality and how to get ahead without compromising who he sees himself to be. So far, he is succeeding at none of it.

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Mazie Baby

By Julie Frayn

Rating:  star star star star star 

A mother’s choice to end the abusive marriage she’s silently coped with comes with more baggage than freedom, and it takes the hands of a tiny town and a large dose of trust to finally free her.