NSFW: At Night She Cries, While He Rides His Steed by Ross Patterson

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Let’s just get back to me being rich and f***ing awesome.  You’re welcome.

How do I write this review and not sound like a complete asshole? I loved the violence. I loved the profanity. I loved the gratuitously gratuitous sex.  I even enjoyed the animal cruelty and child abuse.  As a spoof of every single literary genre and adventure/hero movie plot, this is one of the best pieces of fiction I’ve ever read.  Or maybe I’m just blinded by lust for the protagonist, Saint James Street James.  He is a “man’s man” after all, and I am only a woman.

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Rock, Paper, Scissors by Naja Marie Aidt

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Everything gets worse over time…

The above sentence pretty much sums up everything you need to know about Thomas O’Mally Lindström – a shopkeeper in an unnamed city.  As Naja Marie Aidt’s novel opens, Thomas is cleaning out his abusive dead father’s apartment with his sister Jenny.  And if you think that couldn’t get worse, then you are mistaken.  This grim task is only the beginning for Thomas.  While dealing with his father’s death and an emotionally fragile sister, his relationship with girlfriend Patricia is also deteriorating.  Patricia wants a baby.  Thomas doesn’t.

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The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

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What I really need is a friend just like me; I’m sure I’d be my own best friend

When single, middle-aged Laurent finds a woman’s handbag outside of his Paris bookstore, his first instinct is to leave it alone.  But a deeper curiosity inspires the bookseller to locate the owner of this mysterious mauve handbag and return it.  With only a few personal effects, how is Laurent supposed to find one woman in a city of millions?

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The A26 by Pascal Garnier

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Nothing But Motorway

Bleak. Honest. Raw. Powerful. I have dozens of adjectives spinning through my head as I close the cover of Pascal Garnier’s novel The A26, place it down on the table beside me, lean back, breathe for what feels like the first time in ages, and sink deep into the couch in my living room. For the past ninety minutes or so I’ve felt trapped in darkness, lost in a damaged world where insanity reigns supreme and hope is nothing more than a cruel, nonexistent joke. I’m not exactly frightened by what I’ve just read, that’s not the right word, but do feel slightly unsettled. Am I sweating a little bit? Fuck. I am. The A26 has left me feeling a bit dazed, a bit off balance, and truth by told, a touch sickened. This a good thing though for it signals that ultimately the author has accomplished his desired effect. Point to Garnier. Consider my outer defenses not just breached, but utterly destroyed.

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Nowhere to Be Found by Bae Suah

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I’m Not Really Sure

A young woman and her family struggle with public humiliation, shame, and poverty. The story is told from her perspective. Middle child. Mid-twenties. Ten years older than her sister. Ten years younger than her brother. The distance of time between each of their births might as well be measured in light years because they don’t seem to possess the typical bond one would expect to find between siblings. Each acts like a parent figure to the next in line below them with only the youngest daughter, Mia, being able to truly act out like a child. Mom is a hopeless alcoholic. Dad is serving jail time. The house is falling apart. There is no money. No food. No prospects of anything changing for the better anytime soon. Welcome to South Korea circa 1988. Please step right in and make yourself at home.

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