Sunday, December 30, 2012

Review of American Gods

    American Gods: Author's Preferred Text

       You can conjure anything based on belief, especially gods and monsters. The central conceit of American Gods by Neil Gaiman is that because humans believe in the gods, the gods exist. Fairies, kobolds, immortal queens and kings, and so forth are real simply because humans sought explanations for their world. It is an excellent idea to base a novel around and Gaiman takes readers on a tour of the spiritual landscape of the world and the backroads and quiet centers of the American continent.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Review of Encountering The Mind

   Encountering the Mind

      Reading the first published work from an author can be a treat because one is seeing the writer in their rawest form, generally showing the author’s initial leanings in terms of content and style. The content and style of Tabitha Edson’s Encountering The Mind is poignant, blood-soaked, and sinister in equal measure. Miss Edson has shown in her first published work that she has a penchant for the macabre, the deranged, and sorrow. While there are a few minor gripes over writing style, I found this collection of short-short fiction and poetry to be a welcome and engaging book.