Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado

It's not often (or ever) that I come across a new writer I love this much. This collection of short (and not so short) stories wowed me at every turn, and overwhelmed me with the uniqueness and fresh beauty of the prose.  Her use of language is so creative and lovely, I couldn't put it …

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Vertigo, by W.G. Sebald: A dark view on memory

This book is about memory. But similar to the other Sebald novel I've read, Rings of Saturn, the true meaning of the book was not clear to me until the end. The novel features an unnamed narrator who may or may not be Sebald himself, traveling about Europe and reminiscing (also similar to Rings of …

Lucent Dreaming, issue 1

It's now up on the website for free! Why haven't I mentioned this earlier? I don't know... check it out here! https://lucentdreaming.com/issue-1/ and preorder issue 2 while you're at it! https://lucentdreaming.com/

The Third Policeman, by Flann O’Brien

The end saved this one a bit for me. I really was not a fan of a lot of the middle, so much of it seemed disconnected from everything and meaningless and confusing, but maybe that was the point. The end was really surreal and creepy and dark, but the kooky humor of the rest …

I don’t like ‘lol random’

I've been reading The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien, and am finding myself generally annoyed with it, and had some curiosity why, since it seems like the kind of humor I used to really enjoy, in 'Hitchhiker's Guide' for example. I think the difference is that in Hitchhiker, things that appear random at first are …

Lucent Dreaming Debut Issue!

https://videopress.com/embed/td9gQvZJ?hd=0&autoPlay=0&permalink=0&loop=0 26 hours ago we received the first print run of Lucent Dreaming’s debut issue. Oh my goodness. It looks awesome. It’s full colour, illustrated and high quality and features new and emerging authors and artists. And when you’ve read and reread the stories and poems, you can even colour in our illustrations! We’re open …

Influx of ideas, and a contest

I've been having a lot of ideas lately, giving them a bit of polish, then storing them away for later. I don't often have success with an idea when I write it too soon. Ideas need to age... But now that I've got a few of them shelved and fermenting, maybe I can actually get …