It seems to me that most authors are aware of a line (that may or may not exist) and they don’t cross it; or they are aware of it and play around the edge of it but again don’t cross it. Readers are aware of the line also and have certain expectations about it. Thus, most writers and readers have entered into an unspoken agreement. Its part of what makes certain books and authors affect us so much, how they treat the line and their willingness to go over it. Eugene Marten has proven time and time again that he’s not aware of any such line and consequently manages to just go right on past it, often into unexpected territory.
Firework is the crime fiction novel written as a disaster novel. It’s the story of one man’s personal apocalypse. Firework is an act of violence and an assault on the reader and by the end, by the time the full weight of Jelonnek’s actions have sunk in, the reader will feel like a victim.
I always feel like I’m forgetting something but after looking at my notes here are the June releases that I’m most looking forward to reading.
Do any of them look good? Read any of them? Plan to?
Check out the full list after the jump.
One of the problems with the new tribalism is that something can get passed around one community and never make its way into other communities that may be interested in it. It almost seems like the word “crossover” has shrunk over the years. There’s this small band of authors, that are grouped together in my mind if no one elses, that crime fiction readers would LOVE if they knew about them. Why don’t they know about them? Because they are fairly grounded in the literary and literary small press communities. Three that come to mind are Joe Meno, Brian Evenson and Eugene Marten. Their work isn’t stylistically similar in any way but their work, in whole or in part, suggests that they are secretly crime fiction writers whether they know it or not. I’ve written about Evenson before and plan on writing about Meno later. Today I’m writing about Marten.
Waste by Eugene Marten is a 132 page novella that was published by Ellipsis Press in 2008. The publisher’s website has this tag line: