Since 1995 Fandango Virtual has provided quality poetry, fiction and art to readers from all over the world through several online and print magazines. Our current focus is a series of novels and print collections by individual authors.
Life doesn’t make sense but we still try to impose a sense of sense onto it. In this collection of stories we meet twenty people who have nothing in common apart from the need to make sense out of their lives, all trying to answer the self-same questions, and where their five senses fall short they have to rely on their other senses: those of humour, of justice, of right and wrong, of decency...
On one level this could be a farcical tale reminiscent of the work of Flann O’Brien about a pair of Irish layabouts who somehow run away from home by accident and are helped find their way by a number of eccentric characters; on another it might be a metafiction about the nature of writing inspired by Samuel Beckett or maybe it’s just a silly book like ‘Puckoon’. Then again it could be all three.
This volume contains two novels, Living with the Truth and Stranger than Fiction, depicting three days an old bookseller gets to spend in the company of Truth, an omniscient being with a wry sense of humour and an interesting agenda. Think Douglas Adams meets Alan Bennett with a touch of Charles Dickens, Franz Kafka, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. NB: ONLINE HTML VIEWER CENTRES TEXT
A sequel to Living with the Truth, the book is set in a landscape generated by Jonathan's memories of his past life. In this pseudo-reality he has to face more truths about himself and learns that the universe may not be in safe hands. By the end of the book he realises that you don't always need to get all the answers, and never to say die. NB: ONLINE HTML VIEWER CENTRES TEXT
An old bookseller sitting in his flat in the seaside town of Rigby hears the door. Is it Death? No. It’s the truth in human form. Truth takes him on an emotional journey through his life providing him with many of the answers he might have sought, if only he was the kind of person who went looking for answers, and a few he would never have wanted to know. NB: ONLINE HTML VIEWER CENTRES TEXT
I discovered Vito’s poetry online by chance but connected with it immediately. Although I’m a poet myself I dislike more poetry than a like and so to find a poet who consistently produced material that make me think or sometimes just amused me is an achievement in itself. Many of Vito’s poems are slight and if you saw a single one in a magazine you might read it, nod and pass on by. The full effect isn’t realised until you’ve read a sequence of his poems as you get the chance to here. This is something that a lot of poets don’t take enough care of. They publish a book with twenty or thirty poems in it but there’s no overall theme or flavour to the collection. That is not the case here. There is a story, a progression from college through marriage and ending in old age—like a family album. The 4-star rating is not to say that this collection is not good but I think he has potential for more. I’m also a little wary of 5-star reviews especially for first collections. Seamus Heaney’s first collection deserves 5-stars and Philip Larkin’s and Walt Whitman’s. 5 stars should mean something.