The Novel World of Angela Crown (Volume 1)

‘My magnificent Angela — my magnificent author’

Review by Grady Harp

Canadian author Sala Deib lives and works in British Columbia, the area in which he places his debut novel. Though his academic and work experience focus on Engineering (his work in Canada and overseas has earned him several awards for engineering excellence and innovations) and he has gained a fine reputation as a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, Canada, giving numerous talks on innovation and green buildings systems throughout his career, his passion for writing has finally surfaced. Reading this book it is difficult to believe THE NOVEL WORLD OF ANGELA CROWN is a debut novel, but he has indeed written short stories and magazine articles on various subjects, so the hand and mind are practiced. Continue reading

I’m Sorry for the Quiet… Good Luck Sleeps in a Fridge

Regarding the Gifts of F.J. Nanic – another bridge to sanity

Review by Grady Harp

F.J. Nanic, as the very talented in many areas my friend Faćo has decided to use as his pen name, was born in Sarajevo, lived and worked in France, America, New Zealand, and Australia. Following his teenage desire to busk his way around Europe, he winds up in Munich, Stuttgart, Aarhus, Amsterdam, Liege, Zurich, Lausanne… When the war in his country broke out, he was studying in Paris. In Laval, he worked with the ex-prisoners of the concentration camps in Omarska and Manjaca liberated by the Red Cross. After their integration, he joined his family in America. He continued on to Australia, as far as the east is from the west…’ How could we not be interested in what F.J. Nanic has to say when he has had exposure to so many stations on the globe and the wild madness that peripatetic writers encounter.’ Continue reading

The Escape of Malcolm Poe

‘How could I be so profligate with time when the future is so pressing?’

Review by Grady Harp

Facts first: 1) Allison Burnett is a novelist and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He was born in Ithaca, New York and grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Evanston, Illinois, where he attended Northwestern University, majoring in the Oral Interpretation of Literature. 2) This reader has read every book Allison Burnett has written and in truth for me he is one of the most creative and original writers today – right up there with the very popular Jonathan Saffron Foer, Jeffrey Eugenides, Mark Haddon, Michael Chabon, Junot Díaz, etc. 3) Few writers have mastered the art of comedic writing and still maintain that high level of sophisticated use of the English language that dazzles even the most experienced readers. 4) THE ESCAPE OF MALCOLM POE may be his best book yet. Continue reading

Bewilderness

‘We blow the pants off our competition.’

Review by Grady Harp

Missouri poet Marc McKee teaches at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri and has published both chapbooks (What Apocalypse?), winner of the New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM 2008 Chapbook Contest, works in journals (Barn Owl Review, Boston Review, Cimarron Review, Conduit, Crazyhorse, DIAGRAM, Forklift, Ohio, LIT, and Pleiades) and collections of his own poems – the first in 2011 FUSE and now BEWILDERMENT. His stature as an American poet is in the upper echelon as reading this magnificent anthology will prove to the reader. Continue reading

Carbon

“A Light in Darkened Spaces”

Review by Joey Madia

Carbon is a fantastical tale that marries new Creation mythology with the very real coal-mining-culture-at-a-crossroads narrative now happening in southern West Virginia. Daniel Boyd, a three-time Fulbright scholar and Media Studies professor at West Virginia State University, has recently joined the ranks of accomplished filmmakers (he is known for Chillers, among many others) who are utilizing the graphic novel format to tell their stories. Cinematically illustrated by Brazilian Edi Guedes (with great attention to light and dark and mise en scène), Carbon tackles the tough questions and points an unapologetic finger at large Energy Corporations and state-level politicians. Continue reading