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Book review: <i>Awesome Allshorts: Last Days and Lost Ways</i> edited by Tahlia Newland


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An eclectic mix of short stories from authors featured on the Awesome Indies website, Awesome Allshorts has something for every reader.

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Book review: <i>A Farewell To Legs</i> by Scott Fivelson, read by Mariel Hemingway


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Neo-colonialism, Nikes, and the meaning of life, death, and loss. Scott Fivelson knocks it out in four pages, and Mariel Hemingway adds dimensions with her glorious narrative.

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Book review: <i>Christmas In Absaroka County</i> by Craig Johnson


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Christmas In Absaroka County is just the thing to get you into the spirit of the season. A tiny taster of the Absaroka County; my only complaint would be that there just wasn't enough of it!

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Book review: <i>The Beijing Of Possibilities</i> by Jonathan Tel


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With almost text-book precision, Jonathan Tel captures the essence of the perfect short story in this loosely woven collection of heartbreaks, secrets, humanities and mundanities, backdropped by the mysterious Beijing.

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Book review: <i>Poe: Illustrated Tales of Mystery and Imagination</i> by Edgar Allen Poe


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This volume brings together thirteen of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories and poems and couples them with the visual art of thirteen talented and engaging artists.

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Book review: <i>Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas</i> by Chuck Klosterman



If this was a book cover, it would be its own - flashy, fun, inviting, two-dimensional and with a really wanky subtitle.

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Book review: <i>The Witness For The Prosecution And Other Stories</i> by Agatha Christie



Far more satisfying than my last Agatha Christie experience; this collection of short stories, originally published in 1948 (obviously seven years did wonders for her), delves into the supernatural, the mysterious, the psychological, the criminal, and the downright strange.

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Book review: <i>Mangrove Mama... And Other Tropical Tales Of Terror</i> by Janwillem Van de Wetering



This eclectic little collection of short stories is very Janwillem Van de Wetering - and I feel qualified to say that even though I've only read a total of two of his books now. His personality permeates every corner of his writing, and he has an intriguing style combined with a taste for the bizarre that combines very happily. Having read his bio, I could sort of tell why he was heading in those directions, but it certainly didn't detract from the reading experience.

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Book review: <i>Naked Pictures Of Famous People</i> by Jon Stewart



If this was a sandwich, it would be some delicious overpriced kosher thing from a snazzy New York deli that goes down like a greased oyster but won’t spoil your appetite.

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Book review: <i>Fragile Things</i> by Neil Gaiman



If this was a night out, it would be an invitation to a party full of people with better clothes and more interesting jobs than yours, who, after your initial awkwardness dissolves, turns out to be great fun and highly accepting, and even if you still can’t really figure out what you’re doing there you have some great fun, get high, and even start to suspect that in a different life you could be even cooler than they are.

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