No, it's not a Dr. Seuss book, although I must confess, I was behaving a bit like one of his characters. You know that foolish fella who's so adamant about not liking green eggs and ham... without ever trying them? Shame on me, that's kinda how I reacted when it came to some book genres.
Well, earlier this year, a young Aussie writer left a comment on my blog, asking if I'd be interested in reading his book. Said he'd send it to me gratis, so what did I have to lose, right? Since his dark fantasy sounded way outside my usual (old lady) comfort zone, I told him I wouldn't mention it on my blog if I didn't like it. Well, whattaya know? Not only did I like his book, but his writing actually expanded my comfort zone.
This book is a compilation of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, and I simply cannot tame and corral it all into a single genre. Dark fantasy? Yes. But it also contains elements of allegory, fairy tale, satire, insightful political and social commentary, and downright laugh-out-loud humor. Some poems are very short and pithy, while others are more grand and epic. Thought-provoking, imaginative, and clever... this book is all that and more. And ya know what? I would read it... anywhere.
And I definitely recommend it to all of you, too. You can purchase it (Sorry... in e-version, only) at a number of places, including Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and DriveThruFiction.
James has also recently published the first chapter of another story at a new JukePop Serials website. As he describes it, The Case of the Syphilitic Sister is a detective / superhero story set in a two-fisted version of the 1930s.
If you'd like to check it out, you can find it HERE
Well. scratch my head in amazement... I DO like fantasy...
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.
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