Book Review: Wonderfully absurd and weird stories fill this collection by Bryan Hurt.
His characters range from astronaut-artists, a British aristocrat with his adopted girls, a goat and seagull questioning the after life on the edge of a cliff, and a run-down American writer panicking about the demands of his agents.
The opening lines are often so succinct and direct that Hurt pulls you in immediately: “Thomas Day was rich but very ugly.” Oh really? I wanted to know more, would he be an interesting man to know? I kept reading.
The simplicity of language is compelling, it’s concise and precise as short stories need to be, there are no wasted words. There is a great rhythm and Hurt comes across as a narrator to trust. We know where we are immediately upon starting a new story, he grounds us as readers yet there are such great turns and unexpected digressions and drifts that demand you pay attention. I did.
Panic Attack is one of the more touching stories for me with a great moment of tenderness. That’s all I’m saying. Look for it.
Hurt plays with the form of these short stories, more so in the second half of the collection, as if he’s trusting us to come along with him however it now looks. The Contract follows a CEO’s own contract with life and relationships, and yes, form follows content. There are more pieces in the remainder of the book where form changes to suit each story, such as lists in some places, or when some paragraphs have their own titles and other paragraphs are seperated with numbers. Titles are evocative although mostly in hindsight, you read the chapter and then the title will pop out at you again, such as the last chapter, Good With Words. Here is our struggling writer overcome with the demands of an agent hungry for more words. He turns to his toddler once back home. There he is reminded of the power of language. He asks his child, “tell me something about love.”
168 pp $15.95
Tentative pub date: 6/28/2018
The People’s Apocalypse http://amzn.com/1621062872
I forgot to mention that i had a story about building a solar oven in this anthology. It came out a few years ago. Since I’ve started writing more articles and short stories for publication, the process reminded me of others I’ve had published. Having to write a resume can get frustrating because I tend not to hold on to much, but here goes…
Circus News. The Eldorado Sun. Yoga Monthly. Madison Edge. Pink Paper. Madrid Arts Quarterly. Canary.
I edited, wrote, formatted and published a memoir as a ghost writer for JT Winneberger, about his life in Oklahoma in the 1930s and on into his now 90th year. http://amzn.com/B00WOLE2WA
There are some poems out there too in a few anthologies but I can’t (luckily) remember who or what or even when…
It’s time I kept track if I want to publish more and be paid, right?
I just posted a short excerpt from the beginning of Living The Dream to Createspace.com. Lets see what kind of feedback I get. Have you read any of the books yet yourself? And thanks by the way for all the new followers on here – its much appreciated.
Call for your stories! I’m editing an anthology of dog focused tales, with the theme of taking our dogs on the road when camping and on road trips in the Southwest…What was most fun? Most challenging? Tell us of a specific incident that made you laugh or cry, that made you wish you’d left them at a Doggy spa or one that tempted you to adopt yet another dog.
The book will be a mix of photos and articles and stories, available on Kindle and Amazon to start with, expanding as soon as possible to a bigger audience.
Word length of 150 – 2000. Images of 4 mgb or larger.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Roadtrips with dogs” in the title.
You can find me on Amazon, Rovers North, Google, Madrid Artists Quarterly and other places too numerous to mention. Oh, and FB there is a page called Roadtrips with dogs in the SW.
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Who here would be interested in reviewing my latest novel LIVING THE DREAM? I am looking for intelligent clear thinking, articulate writers who would like to review my book and have me write reviews for theirs. Are you a published writer? An author? If so, get in touch and let me know why you think this would work for us both okay? I’ll send you a kindle ready version of the novel and links to where it’s available online.
Thanks and let me know,
Createspace estore. https://www.createspace.com/5266256
In Santa Fe, NM: http://www.santafe.com/authors/sarah-leamy
On youtube, you can see videos of my home, animals, land rovers and even an interview! https://www.youtube.com/user/sarahleamy
Well, that should keep you going for a while, right? Thanks for looking! Take care, s
Honey Harris at KBAC just posted the link to the podcast from yesterdays interview. I haven’t listened yet. I thought it best to just post it first! Thanks Honey, KBAC and SantaFe.com for all your support over the years.