Thursday, March 31, 2016

Buried in Books - My New Precioussssess

Because I can't possibly read every single book that finds its way into my home IMMEDIATELY, though I fully intend to die trying, allow me to show off our most recently acquired precioussssess...

For Review

Matthew Fogarty
Stillhouse Press
September 2016

Maybe mermaids and robots are lonely. Maybe stargazing dinosaurs escape extinction, and 80's icons share their secrets and scams. A boardwalk Elvis impersonator declines a Graceland of his own, Bigfoot works as a temp, families fall apart and come back together. This wild and vibrant collection of explorer's tales will take you from fabulist faraway worlds to Great Recession realism in a single breath.

*By request  / *Considering this for a future Author/Reader discussion  / *The cover is wicked sharp and it's got a killer title to boot

Brian Francis Slattery
Tor Books

In the not-distant-enough future, a man takes a boat trip up the Susquehanna River with his most trusted friend, intent on reuniting with his son. But the man is pursued by an army, and his own harrowing past; and the familiar American landscape has been savaged by war and climate change until it is nearly unrecognizable. Lost Everything is a stunning novel about family and faith, what we are afraid may come to be, and how to wring hope from hopelessness. 

*By request / *Considering this for a future Author/Reader discussion / *Sounds like a killer read and that cover, ohmagosh

The North Water
Ian McGuire
Henry Holt & Co
March 2016

A nineteenth-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp, and highly original tale that grips like a thriller. Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaler bound for the rich hunting waters of the arctic circle. Also aboard for the first time is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money, and no better option than to sail as the ship's medic on this violent, filthy, and ill-fated voyage.Sumner hoped to find temporary respite on the Volunteer, but rest proves impossible with Drax on board. The discovery of something evil in the hold rouses Sumner to action. And as the confrontation between the two men plays out amid the freezing darkness of an arctic winter, the fateful question arises: who will survive until spring? With savage, unstoppable momentum and the blackest wit, The North Water weaves a superlative story of humanity under the most extreme conditions.

*By Request / *Considering this for a future Author/Reader discussion / *Sounds like it could be a good'un

The Girl Wakes: Stories
Carmen Lau
Alternating Current
March 2016

Dark, strange, lyrical, and full of frustrated desire and whimsy, Carmen Lau’s debut collection of stories paints a vivid picture of femininity in the clutches of fantasy, reflecting the brutality of growing up a girl and challenging readers to rethink fairy tales as they’ve always known them. Within, you’ll find a tender heart, a painful core, and a paradoxically disastrous and beautiful coming-of-age of every and any girl, told through fairy tales that mirror real life and are at once contemporary and timeless. Joining the ranks of Angela Carter, Kate Bernheimer, and Allyse Near, Lau weaves tales of a girl who is too fantastical to be real and too real to be fantasy.

*From publisher / *I'm all over contemporary fairy tales

Your Glass Head Against The Brick Parade Of Now Whats
Sam Pink
House of Vlad
April 2016

The much-anticipated poetry chapbook by Sam Pink, author of the cult favorites Person and I Am Going to Clone Myself Then Kill the Clone and Eat It, who the Los Angeles Review of Books called, “Simply one of the best, darkest, funniest, wildest, and [most] touching writers we’ve got.”

*From publisher / *It's Sam Fucking Pink, y'all!

From My Wallet

Adam Cesare
Shock Totem Publications
January 2016

Robby Asaro is dead. And alive. He’s a ghost in the machine, keeping a watchful eye on the arcade where he lost his life two decades before. And the afterlife is good. The best thing ever to have happened to him. But when the conscious electric current formerly known as Robby Asaro makes a decision to protect one of his favorite patrons, Tiffany Park, from a bully, he sets loose a series of violent supernatural events that can’t be stopped. Trapped inside the arcade as the kill count rises, Tiffany and a group of gamers must band together to escape from what used to be their favorite place on Earth…and the ghost of Robby Asaro. From the author of TribesmenVideo Night, and The Summer Job,Zero Lives Remaining is a masterful mix of horror and suspense, dread and wonder, a timeless ghost story that solidifies Adam Cesare’s reputation as one of the best up-and-coming storytellers around. This is Adam Cesare firing on all cylinders—and he’s just getting started. 

*Kindle purchase / *Sounds utterly badass and it's about time I read a Cesare!

Jordan Krall
Copeland Valley Press

A nudist colony. A rare film. A donkey-headed woman.A murder. The hummingbird.Explore identity, marriage, madness, and obsession in a phantasmagoricorgy of violence and voyeurism.

*Kindle purchase / *That cover! That Title!

Jordan Krall
Eraserhead Press

A bizarro tribute to Spaghetti westerns, H.P. Lovecraft, and foot fetish enthusiasts. Screwhorse, Nevada is legendary for its violent and unusual pleasures, but when a mysterious gunslinger drags a wooden donkey into the desert town, the stage is set for a bloodbath unlike anything the west has ever seen. His name is Calamaro, and he's from New Jersey. Featuring Cthulhu-worshipping Indians, a woman with four feet, a Giallo-esque serial killer, a crazed gunman who is obsessed with sucking on candy, Syphilis-ridden mutants, ass juice, burping pistols, sexually transmitted tattoos, and a house devoted to the freakiest fetishes, Jordan Krall's Fistful of Feet is the weirdest western ever written. 

*Kindle purchase / *It's a bizarro spaghetti western, hello?!?!


  1. I'm doing the Snoopy dance over the Fogarty and Slattery being possible Author/Reader discussion books. And I just added about five of them to my ever-growing Amazon wishlist. Awesomesauce!

    1. Ha! That's great Tabitha! Glad I could add to your pile of to-reads! I'm really excited to dig into all of these. Too bad I can't read them all together, at the same time..