Published by Tachyon Publications (October 31, 2016)
*Book received for free from Netgalley
This collection of short stories can be classified as “weird” with horrific spices added into the pot.
It was just that good; and unfortunately(or fortunately), some stories give you pause. Make you cringe. Make you think.
Make you not want to sleep.
I’ve experienced that while reading this book. The individual tales can seem disjointed somehow, almost experimental like Gemma Files’s “Spectral Evidence”. A seeming innocent act of collecting notes, speculating about a dead medium, turns out to hold more suspense than sitting in a theater watching The Ring.
“Orbs hover over her right eye, pineal gland and heart chakra, roughly the same areas in which she would later develop simultaneous(and fatal) aneurysms.”(Nightmares, 2017).
Or “Closet Dreams” where a girl is questioned by authorities about how she escaped from a sexual predator when there is no human way possible that she could have escaped. That one left me with chills…and questions.
Many more stories are diabolical, dreamlike, downright nightmarish and I loved the collection.
*Book received for my unbiased review from Netgalley
Ever wonder where ideas come from?
Interested in how to catch them?
Don’t wish to read too many words on how ideas are shaped?
Then great. When I downloaded Snider’s Shape of Ideas, I was pleased to see cute pictures illustrating the many aspects and processes of generating ideas and entertaining inspiration.
“With every new thing I make I think I’m getting closer to whole.”(The Shape of Ideas p.45)
As a writer and creative thinker, it was pretty cool to have a visual of the process of forming an idea.
The drawings are simplistic enough, but with a tad bit of humor as you journey through sections such as:
The book’s goal is to mirror what happens when we think about creating.
The book poses poignant questions and offered up sage advice within the art.
“You can be anything you want to be… but can you be everything you want to be.”(p.57)
In sum, The Shape of Ideas had some timeless, sage advice- most we identify with on a day to day basis but it was still a neat illustrative book.
About Grant Snider
You can find Grant Snider on incidentalcomics.com. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Kansas Star, and The Best American Comics 2013. He lives in Wichita, Kansas with his wife and 2 sons. More examples of his illustrative genius can be seen in Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts.
Received as an Arc from Author but is currently on sale on Amazon so head there now!
First of all, a huge shout out to Addison and Kathy for this amazing ARC!
When I have an Addison Moore book in my hand, I know I will be laughing, swooning and just binging on the words she knows how to wield so well in these books.
Low Down &Dirty is one such book which literally begins with me bursting at the seams with LOLs. Harlowe Hartly is down on her luck. She feels sick, just lost her job and loses her home- all in the span of less than a day.
She finds herself going to her bestie, Raven.
Raven suggests she live with her brother.
What Harlowe did not count on was falling for the dark haired, blue eyed male version of her best friend. Levi turns out to be super hot and charming.
But Levi has a few secrets of his own.
Annnnnd Raven issued a serious notice to the both of them:
Do not fall in love.
Let me just add a side note here in case you are still wondering if Levi and Harlowe’s story is worth it. Levi is the most honest and intense man ever. In the bedroom, on business, friendships, whatever- he has secrets but who doesn’t? Harlowe’s entire being just can’t resist him, even with a threat hanging over both of their heads…
As I said before, I prepared myself for giggles and pure romance where the guys’ words sweep you off your feet.
The banter between Levi and Harlowe, the surprising scenes, the tension was pure reading ecstasy for this book.
I think the word gift/gifting was used way too much, but otherwise this book was hot.
P.S. 3AM: Kisses fans will be pleased to reunite with old characters in this one!
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Tanya is in Ocho Rios for a friend’s wedding, when an extremely good looking stranger drifts into her life.
Fresh from a breakup, Tanya does not want to enter any kind of relationship with Marcus, but with that devilish grin he wears, those alluring tattoos, and deep silky voice, maybe she can play with him just a little while…?
Before long, Tanya finds herself sinking into Marcus’s world and she imagines herself a part of him.
However, Marcus surprised me.
He may be “tatted” up and riding bikes, but this man is a CEO and he knows how to keep his cool under any circumstance. It is Tanya that rattles his soul though. His thoughtfulness, his sweetness and the O.M.G moments they have between the sheets will have you licking your fingers and looking crazy.
I enjoyed this book immensely. There were quite a few grammar errors (who doesn’t have them?) and a slight POV mishap, but it’s a bump in the road, easily crossed.
If you like bikers, tattoos, and incredibly hot romance, I think you ought to grab this one! This one earns 4.5 scorching purple hearts from me!
With a title such as There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, Morgan Parker is setting the reader up for poetry that will be evocative, provocative, enthralling and enriched, steeped in the black and black woman experience.
Reading Parker’s poetry was like taking a deep dive into some subconscious quagmire that only those in touch with pop culture will sink into. However it was hard not to judge this book subjectively because with poems like “13 Ways of Looking at a Black Girl”,“Afro”, and “RoboBeyonce” I had a party in my head and I understood exactly where the speaker was coming from.
Take these words for instance:
“I’m too small to see but I’m listening.”
“On the last day of the year I enter a scalding tub and think you away.”
Many poems I understood, just from living it.
However, some poems I came across seemed to be from a stream of consciousness that my mind just froze upon. That is okay. Stream of consciousness is good. I delve into it with my own writing too, creating abstract poems with my abstract brain.
This is a great book of poetry, I do recommend it to those who enjoy poetry infused with pop culture and plenty of interesting, uncharacteristic rhythm.
April Sinclair has done it again with Ain’t Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice, her follow up to Coffee Will Make You Black.
Jean Stevenson or “Stevie” has left high school with hopes of becoming a journalist while also still exploring her sexuality and how it could connect to her being black in the 70s.
In high school, she crushed on a white nurse(In the first book) and began questioning herself then, even though she had sex with a boy before. Even in college, Stevie dates men but soon she realizes there is more to her relationships than just sex. Racism, religion, and politics become a part of the stretching fabric of her life.
Stevie eventually finds herself in a few female relationships and she calls it “experimenting” yet those who care about her wonder if she is sure about any of her decisions. Recalling quotes from a loving grandmother and living in San Francisco with a homosexual hottie named Sterling, Stevie will need to muster all the courage and common sense she was taught just to survive.
This book was just as good as the first! If you are someone who shies away from topics like lesbianism and racism with a dash of politics, then you may want to run. I am not into politics or sexuality topics like either, but the story was good.
A lot of Stevie’s experiences, sadly, has not changed in reality for 2016.
For example, when Stevie begins dating an attractive white female, they are stopped by the police and the police assumes Stevie is a black male and never once looks at her, he constantly asks if her girlfriend is okay. Unfortunately for Stevie, her white girlfriend is only offended when he calls her “ma’am”. This is Stevie’s crucial eye opener to the climate of the times she is in.
I enjoy Stevie’s personality and her wise mannerism to a degree. She can come off as scathing and wishy washy at the same time; most moments and even with a scathing, stern personality, she can become a rug for someone else even when she knows better. Her friends left much to be desire. I cared for no one really in California. The portrayal of the city she was in was one where people hold on to inhibitions, freedom and weed, but let go of sense and sensitivity.
All in all I give this an exceptional rating. It was a perfect follow up to Coffee Will Make You Black.
Okay, bookworms! Would you ever read a book like this? What are some books you loved that had very sensitive topics for you? Discuss below and remember to share this post with your friends!