Posts Tagged ‘ Warmed and Bound ’

Three Theories on the Murder of John Wily by J David Osborne from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Three Theories on the Murder of John Wily by J David Osborne from Warmed & Bound – review

reviewed by Nick Mamatas “Three Theories on the Murder of John Wily” by J David Osborne is the sort of new crime story I would love to love, but in this case I don’t. John Wily is a meth-dealing lowlife. He’s killed. The narrator suggests three alternative theories as to Wily’s death, but none...

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Acts of Contrition by Craig Clevenger from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Acts of Contrition by Craig Clevenger from Warmed & Bound – review

reviewed by Barry Graham Elmore Leonard has said that one of the things that makes his prose so compelling is that he leaves out the parts readers tend to skip over. This is advice that Craig Clevenger would do well to heed. It’s not that Clevenger is a bad writer. Rather, it’s that he’s...

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Click-Clack by Caleb J. Ross from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Click-Clack by Caleb J. Ross from Warmed & Bound – review

Reviewed by Matthew C. Funk There is a music to life’s morbidity. The classic example of the ticking clock. The bird songs that open our mornings. The dying rustle of traffic in the evening. Click-Clack by Caleb J. Ross is attuned to these mortal rhythms, and makes them sing seamlessly in a narrative that...

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The Road Lester Took by Stephen Graham Jones from Warmed & Bound

October 6, 2011
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The Road Lester Took by Stephen Graham Jones from Warmed & Bound

reviewed by Court Merrigan “The Road Lester Took” starts with Lester stacking his cards, and this story unfolds in much the same way. It’s all right there for you, right on the first page; but you’re not going to find that out until the hand is dealt, until the last page and that final,...

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Practice by Bob Pastorella from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Practice by Bob Pastorella from Warmed & Bound – review

Review by Sabrina E. Ogden For me, looking back at my friends now, the signs of there being a serious problem were kind of obvious. And the night he threatened to kill himself when she tried to break up with him was the biggest sign. But even then… even then she thought he was...

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Inside Out by Sean P Ferguson from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Inside Out by Sean P Ferguson from Warmed & Bound – review

reviewed by Stephen Blackmoore Reviews are tricky. You’re balancing your subjectivity as a reader with the objectivity that the piece deserves. You have to separate them and view the whole for its quality, not just whether you liked it or not. It’s the way a food critic who can’t stand French cuisine can still...

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Death Juggler by Axel Taiari from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Death Juggler by Axel Taiari from Warmed & Bound – review

reviewed by Simon Logan Kicking off the Warmed and Bound anthology is Death Juggler by Axel Taiari and it sets the tone and intent for the story, and indeed the whole collection, right from the opening line. “It’s all laughter and nervous giggles until the bombs explode for real.” “Death Juggler” is the story...

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The Redemption of Garvey Flint by Vincent Louis Carrella from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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The Redemption of Garvey Flint by Vincent Louis Carrella from Warmed & Bound – review

reviewed by Ben Springer The Redemption of Garvey Flint by Vincent Louis Carrella is one hell of a story. Garvey Flint owes Bill Gurns four-thousand dollars in “gambling debts, bar-tabs and whores on credit.” When Garvey doesn’t pay up, Bill sends two of his men to beat the hell out him. After a beating...

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Take Arms Against a Sea by Mark Jaskowski from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Take Arms Against a Sea by Mark Jaskowski from Warmed & Bound – review

reviewed by Kevin Burton Smith Have I been set up? Lord knows, cranky old me has been railing for years, in blogs and reviews and columns and web sites and any other place people will let me speak, about the excesses and paper-thin characterization that mar so much of the sub-genre often referred to...

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Bruised Flesh by Craig Wallwork from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Bruised Flesh by Craig Wallwork from Warmed & Bound – review

Reviewed by Nigel Bird Warmed and Bound is prefaced by the beautiful line ‘What began as a love letter.’ That’s a sentiment that can be seen in ‘Bruised Flesh’ by Craig Wallwork. In the opening paragraph of this story, we’re introduced to Jonah, proud owner of a tricycle. We also realise that, as his...

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This Will All End Well by Nik Korpon from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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This Will All End Well by Nik Korpon from Warmed & Bound – review

reviewed by Elizabeth White One of the great things about reading is that there are always new authors out there for readers to discover. Of course when you do, often the reaction is, “How could I have not known about X? I must find more!” Nik Korpon is one of those authors for me....

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Chance the Dick by Paul Tremblay from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Chance the Dick by Paul Tremblay from Warmed & Bound – review

reviewed by Jed Ayres Paul Tremblay’s name is one that’s been on my list to catch up with for about a year. I’ve had enough personal recommendations from people I trust to warrant digging in, so I was happy to actually be assigned one of his stories for this project. I had no idea...

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Blood Atonement by DeLeon DeMicoli from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Blood Atonement by DeLeon DeMicoli from Warmed & Bound – review

Review by Chris Rhatigan One thing I like about the occasional reviews I do for Spinetingler is that the story I’m assigned is usually by a writer who I’m not very familiar with. Before this, I’d never heard of DeLeon DeMicoli and had no idea of what to expect. But I will be looking...

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Touch by Pela Via from Warmed & Bound – review

October 6, 2011
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Touch by Pela Via from Warmed & Bound – review

reviewed by Patti Abbott Pela Via is the editor of the collection “Warmed and Bound” (Velvet Press) and she manages to come up with a story that is lovely, unexpected, and poignant. She defies the expectations we have about the nature of the piece in a subtle and graceful way. This story becomes a...

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