The Prodigal by Alexander J. Allison
I think I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It seems really 'tight', like a lot of hard work and care has gone into it.
Not sure about the different font sizes used, whether that adds anything or not.
Seems very British in style/tone.
Baby Babe by Ana C.
Think Ana (along with DJ Berndt) is one of the people that I have known the longest in the online writing community. Some of the pieces in this I remember reading on her blog a few years ago when my life was very different and made me feel kind of nostalgic for that time.
For some reason I was expecting this to just be laid out like a very standard poetry book, or at least something like Ellen Kennedy's 'Sometimes My Heart Pushes Against My Ribs', in terms of style. There're a lot of illustrations and stuff though, which kind of reminds me of a zine in some ways. The paper is a couple shades lighter than the Financial Times. Seems cool.
You Private Person by Richard Chiem
Remember reading 'What if, Wendy' on my iPhone at my Dad's old house when it came out then commenting on his blog that is reminded me of Marguerite Duras. Not entirely sure if that comparison is appropriate, but I think I get the same kind of feeling reading both of them. Some of these stories are almost like prose-poems in a way. Not really sure what classifies a prose-poem. Basically what I'm saying is that the writing is really good.
Bluebird and other tattoos by Luna Miguel
According to Goodreads, this book has been on my to-read list since 2011. The book is divided into three parts, or eras - 2005-2008, 2009-2010, 2010-2011. Enjoyed reading her 'progress' as a writer. I think I tweeted something from this. Can't find it now. Damn.
The guy from Scrambler books had to send out replacement copies of this and You Private Person, because apparently a load he shipped out went missing int he post. Seems shitty they went missing, but v nice he replaced them. If I ever get the originals he posted I'll give them away. On here or twitter or something.
1) Selfies with books you read seem really cool, right?
2) So far in 2013 I've had 2 new stories published. The first, 'Fortuna' (english title is currently 'Backbone') in Italian magazine Zamenhof. It was translated by the talented Livia Franchini.
The second, Saturday Night Babestation Viewer, in the new excellent edition of Shabby Doll House. There's so much good stuff in this issue, if you haven't check it out already.
3) You may have noticed I took down the links to stories published online on the side. I've been reworking a lot of the stories, plus some new unpublished stuff into a collection. It's called 'Everything's A Joke To You'. Not really sure what I will do with it. It's 13K words long, which seems too long to turn into an ebook/something to be read online, but maybe too short for a physical book. Let me know what you think.
4) I am going to be reading at this soon with some of my favourite people.