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An obsessive porn store clerk finds herself plunged into an old fashioned whodunnit. A group of four teenage friends wait for the world to end. A desperate journalist tries to explain why he is guilty of an elaborate hoax... and how his lies might be coming true. Three short stories about identity, addiction, guilt, and redemption: Home Movie | 1999 | Fake
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OSKR reviewed on Jan. 27, 2014

I haven't read the other books yet, but "3" was great. Moxie Mezcal feels like a raw new talent.

All the stories are good but my favourite was actually the second one - 1999. It was unlike anything else I'd ever read (I guess I would call it pure literary fiction, while the other stories could both pass as detective stories). 1999 is about a bunch of self-destructive teens on new years eve. It flies along at such a pace that it was hard to follow on the first read and this amplified the surreal vibe. I still don't know what was going on with the spider but maybe I need to read it a third time.

The other stories were great too. They have strong narratives, dark themes and broad appeal.

Nothing here is perfect however. Every now and then a paragraph doesn't feel quite right, as if the author is rushing and hasn't done her research. This gives the writing a vaguely punk feeling. It's fast, fresh and unapologetic. Only thing I would possibly alter is the ending of Home Movie - I thought it could have been darker.

Great imaginative writing! Looking forward to reading the other books...
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Paul Samael reviewed on Nov. 3, 2013

3 is a collection of three gripping short stories – which almost feel like mini-novellas. My personal favourites were "Home Movie" and "Fake." I think one of the common themes linking them all is an interest in what's real and what's fictional (and how the fictional can have an impact on real life). That might sound like we are heading off into rather tricksy, ultra-ironic, post-modernist territory - but although there are a few nods in that direction, the focus is on the story-telling (and this author can really tell a good story).

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Tom Lichtenberg reviewed on Sep. 20, 2010

I especially enjoyed the first and last of the three stories. I found them thoroughly engrossing, suspenseful and surprising as you're led deeper and deeper into their mysteries, but never feel tricked or deceived. All three of the stories eventually go farther and deeper than you expect.
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Mike Craggs reviewed on Sep. 2, 2010

Contrary to April Smith's review I love the first story: Home Movie. It has an eye catching opening, but not for the shy or retiring types.

Overall, a great read and an author with a great writing style. Recommended if you like the dark side of life.
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April Smith reviewed on April 25, 2010

Download this just to read the last story: Fake. It's too bad it is just a short story, he could've expanded it and made it into an excellent thriller/suspense novel - and I hope he does!

The two other stories are also intriguing especially Home Movie.

The author has a great writing style that keeps you turning the pages, anxious to find out what happens. I definitely recommend it!
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