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Michael LaRocca was included in the 1982 Who's Who in American Writing before vanishing from the literary scene for 20 years. His published works include a short story anthology, nine novels, and seven nonfiction works.
Michael lived in China for six years, Thailand for five years, and Vietnam for one year before returning to North Carolina. He's a reading junkie, a bicycle nut, an avid hiker, and an NFL addict. His wife is from Australia and their 16-year-old world-travelling Calico cat is from Hong Kong. He says, "I bring home the best souvenirs."
Michael has been a medical lecturer, an English teacher, a technical editor, a purchasing manager, a computer programmer, a repo man, an unarmed security guard with a bad attitude, a dishwasher, a busboy, a military electronics specialist, a house cleaner, a gas pumper, a car washer, and a pet sitter. He's also been paid to masturbate hogs, but he made sure nobody took photos.
He can be reached at http://www.MichaelEdits.com
on Dec. 20, 2010 :
This is a really good collection of short stories. I'm not going to go through every story individually because we'll be here all day.
In various parts of the book, the writing style was reminiscent of King, Poe, or Dante. The book had everything from philosophy to suspense to creepiness to humor to goriness.
One thing I really noticed was the author's ability to alter his 'voice'. The stories were each written in a distinct manner.
There were only a couple parts of the book that I didn't love. One of them was a story told from a dog's perspective.
(review of free book)