Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Review: Lazy Fascist Press's Early 2014 Releases

Lazy Fascist Press continues to put out outstanding work by amazing writers. I had the honor to read and to review the first three titles from this year batch of novels. Let's get to it!

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 Sam Pink's newest book is classic Sam Pink: A minimalist view into people's lives. On this one, we have a nameless protagonist wandering about town, meeting people from the gutters, from the alleys, and bonding with them just for the bonding itself. The character's voice is bleak, as it is his world. The characters, the superhero obsessed Spider-Man, his wheelchair-bound girlfriend with a penchant for theft Janet, etc. They are all real people, and it is Pink's greatest skill to make us love them, make us root for them, make us bet our own emotional well-being on their sucess. Sam Pink is the true weaver of feelings of the 21st Century.

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A highly complex work, J.S. Breukelaar's "American Monster" is the sci-fi story of Norma, a being created by KALI 18 to find the Guy with the perfect horn. And when we say "horn", we mean his penis.
This was a truly tough read for me, because my mind was busy with so much stuff, and it took me a long time to finish it. But, it was worth it. Norma's views on the human race, on love, on society in general are thoughtful and well written. The author went to great lenghts to craft each sentence perfectly, and it shows. A dark science fiction story, very contemplative and insightful. Read it with an open mind, and enjoy all of this beautiful complexity.

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I admit, this was not a piece of American history I was familiar with. But Alan M. Clark's writing was powerful enough for me to look past my own ignorance on the subject and really enjoy this book. This story is really strong, about a young woman that ran from her abusive, religious father to live with the Harpe Brothers, ruthless killers from the American Old West. All of her choices are driven by her strong will to survive, and although at first she sees the brothers only as a mean of survival, she eventually realizes her feelings towards Micajah Harpe, or Big Harpe as he was known. The Little Harpe, Wiley, was a vicious killer, with an extremely uncontrollable bloodlust. The sisters Bett and Suesanna round up the party. The three women were shared by the men, and they all did what they had to do to survive. This is a story about what life's troubles can force a person to endure just to live another day. A real powerful story, beautifully written.