Hadley and Lucinda are forced to hide their friendship under loose floorboards and in words written in maple syrup on dirty plates. Through their love affair with books, the pair sets out to create a place where the barriers between the social classes are vanquished with the turn of a page.
I don't often read short stories, but I decided to give this one a chance. Immediately I was impressed by how atmospheric the read is. Even in the setting there is a sense of menace. The suspense builds and from the onset the writer told you just enough to know what what happening but left out enough to make you curious about the specifics of the situation. And then, as more of those ideas were revealed, it only increased my interest and curiosity more. To write a story this well crafted requires an amazing amount of skill and talent. I look forward to reading this author's longer works (novel-length). Oh, and I have to add--this was clearly well-edited! I didn't get bumped out of the story by errors (or by anything else for that matter!) I love that this had a more classic horror-style vampire flair to it. We need to bring more of that back to fiction.
I adored Robert zimmermann's From Where I Stand so I was happy to see this new short collection! Not to mention the cover is goooorgeous! This is a very short collection--I read it in minutes!--but it's perfect to share and I like to revisit some of the poems and give them more thought, which I find myself doing with this collection. Read and enjoy!
I had been waiting for this collection to be released for quite some time, having seen some samples of the author's work prior to getting my hands on this ARC edition of the full collection. I was not disappointed! Zimmermann's poetry flows effortlessly from one poem to the next (though the collection could also be read in any order, if you so choose). I look forward to getting a print copy of this collection as I'd love to have it as a coffee table book.
Each poem is refreshingly, even at time disturbingly, honest. Zimmermann bares so much with his words: his heart, his soul, his life, even his alarmingly accurate view of hidden parts of humankind. Let's face it, we are an imperfect species and even the most normal of us do some pretty bizarre things. Ithink my favorite poems in his collection were the ones that showed this, evoking at times discomfort as well as pain and love and the pain of loving.
I enjoyed the complexity of humanity, of human nature, of relations. Zimmermann's "From Where I Stand" is a beautifully inspired collection that in its own way tells Zimmermann's story of growing up, and the real beauty is seeing how a person can go through such hardships and still grow to be such a source of compassion, love, and intelligence. There are some heart-wrenching moments in this collection where Zimmermann leaves his soul bleeding on the floor--and here you have a man who is not afraid to cry, and there were some really powerful passages in this regard.
Some of my favorite works in the collection were:
With Eyes Closed
A Storm on Two Fronts
Benefits of a Morning Walk
Will You Join Me?
Our Tuesday Nights
Grey & Tattered
Then there were two poems that stood out to me most of all for different reasons. The first was "Change of Address" that has a pointed ending that, to me, really took the poem above and beyond, turning it from something clever into something outright brilliant. The other was "Restless Night" which I found to be the most provocative work in the collection, dark and honest as well as a little disturbing.
With some of the finest free-verse poetry I've ever read, I highly recommend this collection. For the purpose of making sure I had the review ready in time, I read through this fairly quickly (it's an easy read!) but when I have a print copy I would like to read it one poem at a time, cherishing each one and perhaps thinking on it for a day or weak and exploring it a little further. The book is a powerful collection of Zimmermann's work. Don't miss out.
This is an original zombie tale. I know, I know, how can a book with zombies be original. Well, apparently that is still possible to pull off, as Brandon R. Luffman flawlessly accomplishes just that in FROSTWALKER, his full length horror debut. The amount of love put into this story, it's characters, and even the setting itself is apparent from the moment you crack this book open.
Frostwalker, Brandon R. Luffman's horror debut, will remind you of what it's like to be young again, of what it's like to fall in love, of what it's like to experience true terror (only this time, your fears are justified!) This really is so much more than a zombie novel. It's magic steeped in history and used to conjure your worst fears into reality.
The stormy winter atmosphere fits perfectly with this chilling tale, yet the narrative flow and characters have a way of making you feel as though you are sitting beside a campfire, huddled under a woolen blanket, sipping at herbal tea, watching the crackling flames of the fire as your most trusted guide tells you ghost stories that make you start to question every sound in every bush and what may lurk in every shadow.
The twists and turns and plot developments of this story will leave you reeling. I didn't see any of the twists coming, but I'm so glad they came! Once you find out why and how the dead are walking, you'll see exactly why I say this is a truly original zombie tale.
FROSTWALKER is a book to savor, as I promise you will be mourning the loss of these characters in your life once you close the final chapter. It is a novel that is truly unforgettable. You won't be disappointed.