Mar 08, 2010 02:09AM
Vera and Linus, a flash/microfiction collaboration between Jesse Ball and his wife, the Icelandic poet Thordis Bjornsdottir, was a pure pleasure to read. The stories mix the whimsy and cuteness of children's fairy tales with scenes of matter of fact sadistic mayhem in some highly creative and delightful ways. An added plus is the beautiful look and feel of the book itself. Recommended!
Mar 11, 2010 02:58AM
Just finished Owen Egerton's story collection How Best to Avoid Dying and overall enjoyed it quite a bit. Some of the pieces were somewhat forced for effect and lacking in subtlty but Egerton relies on his very well developed imagination to make up for such failings in many others of these. 3.5/5 stars