LUNACY: A 1930’s Southern Fiction Romance: Southern Secrets (Switched Series) (Volume 1)
by: Life Rocks Media
Product rating: 5.0 with 16 reviews
Veezie Harrington, a backwoodsy young woman with a seedy past, experiences difficulty fitting in to her new way of life after she inherits a wealthy estate in Alabama during the 1930’s. When she falls in love with handsome Shep Jackson, the local pastor, she sets a goal to overcome her redneck ways and become a real lady, worthy of the love of such a fine Christian man. Is the bar too high? Reverend Shepherd Jackson, a forty-year-old widower, causes an uproar in the church when he falls in love with the ill-bred Veezie, who is half his age. Will he risk his God-given call for the love of a fallen woman?
Posted in Historical Tagged with: 1930's, Fiction, Life Rocks Media, LUNACY, Romance, Secrets, Series, Southern, Switched, Volume
Imperium: A Fiction of the South Seas
by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Product rating: 3.0 with 1 reviews
An outrageous, fantastical, uncategorizable novel of obsession, adventure, and coconuts
In 1902, a radical vegetarian and nudist from Nuremberg named August Engelhardt set sail for what was then called the Bismarck Archipelago, in German New Guinea. His destination: the island Kabakon. His goal: to establish a colony based on worship of the sun and coconuts. His malnourished body was found on the beach on Kabakon in 1919; he was forty-three years old.
Christian Kracht’s Imperium uses the outlandish details of Engelhardt’s life to craft a fable about the allure of extremism and its fundamental foolishness. Engelhardt is at once a pitiable, misunderstood outsider and a rigid ideologue, and his misguided notions of purity and his spiral into madness presage the horrors of the mid-twentieth century.
Playing with the tropes of classic adventure tales such as Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe, Kracht’s novel, an international bestseller, is funny, bizarre, shocking, and poignant. His allusions are misleading, his historical time line is twisted, his narrator is unreliable–and the result is a novel that is a cabinet of mirrors, a maze pitted with trapdoors. Both a provocative satire and a serious meditation on the fragility and audacity of human activity, Imperium is impossible to categorize and utterly unlike anything you’ve read before.
Posted in Satire Tagged with: Farrar, Fiction, Imperium, Seas, South, Straus and Giroux
Wandering Realities: Mormonish Short Fiction
by: Zarahemla Books
Product rating: 5.0 with 3 reviews
Peck’s highly imaginative stories run the gamut from Mormons reverting to a medieval society on Mars to a bishop who is killing the neighborhood dogs. These stories not only entertain and delight, but they challenge and provoke as well. This collection includes several award-winning stories, including:
- “Two-Dog Dose”—best short story of 2014, Association for Mormon Letters
- “A Strange Report from the Church Archives”—second place, Irreantum fiction contest
- “Avek, Who Is Distributed”—first place, Four Centuries of Mormon Fiction Contest 2012
- “When the Bishop Started Killing Dogs”—second place, Four Centuries of Mormon Fiction Contest 2012
“Every story Steven L. Peck writes seems to lead Mormon fiction in exciting and innovative new directions. I hate hyperbole, but Peck might be the Moses of Mormon letters in the twenty-first century.”
—Scott Hales, Ph.D.
Scholar of Mormon fiction and author of web comic
The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl
Posted in Short Stories Tagged with: Fiction, Mormonish, Realities, Short, Wandering, Zarahemla Books
The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection
by: St. Martin’s Griffin
Product rating: 4.7 with 9 reviews
In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection
the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.
Posted in Anthologies Tagged with: Annual, Best, Collection, Fiction, Science, St. Martin's Griffin, Thirty-Second, years