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Jack Swift is a writer and musician native to the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives with his boyfriend and three black cats. As Johnny Truant, he is the frontman of SF post-punk band The Truants and bassist for Cardiac Dream. He edits Cruising for a Bruising: The Premiere Shitty Zine for Violent Queers under this name as well.
on June 15, 2017 :
There are so many fates and lifetimes and identities in this that it's hard to believe it's just a novella. There's not the confusion you would expect from the multiplicity of stories, either: somewhere in here is a transcendant, uniting mind, mixing and editing stories and plans like the mix tape of the title.
With the Californian setting and the drugs and the conflict between revenge and redemption, it reminds me strongly of Seth Morgan's brilliant "Homeboy," but that's a huge novel, and I grew closer to the characters over many, many pages, whereas here, Nik had me on his side from page one.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)