Great Alone

“In Alaska you can make one mistake. One. The second one will kill you.”   It’s 1974 and the world is imploding. Watergate. Vietnam. Black panthers. Gas shortages. Protests. Revolutionaries. Kidnappings. Serial Killers. After receiving an unexpected inheritance, thirteen year old Leni and her parents, Cora and Ernt, move toContinue Reading

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Stream-of-Consciousness Literary Short Novella (or long short story) When telling an anecdote at a cocktail party, it is natural to embellish it to increase the entertainment value.  The narrator of this short story is trying to determine why he is not entertaining and further, why he is not believed.  HeContinue Reading

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Literary Horror (but not simultaneously) This book was promoted as literary horror. I loved the literary first half of this book but was disappointed with the horror aspect of the remaining portion. It’s hard to say why without being a spoiler so I won’t. However, if I had known whatContinue Reading

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Literary Fiction Disguised as a Thriller. Stephen King wrote in his latest book, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, that he likes short stories because it prevents him from going off on tangents. Vienna is a book full of tangents on European history and art. While some do relate to theContinue Reading