Wednesday, April 25, 2012

J. David Bell "Keynote" The Summerset Review

Though I was only going to glance at J. David Bell's work of fiction "Keynote," it would not let me continue with my day without reading it at one go.

This story features a conflict between an older professor and a younger department chair. The first person narrator's voice ensnared me, as did the tangible tension and conflict. At times, a touch of E. A. Poe's Montresor seemed to peek through, with the logical description of dealing with a rival (and the occasional hint of fantastic vitriol--though this is quite subdued and very well done in Bell's story).

What a wonderful read. Check it out.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jac Jemc MY ONLY WIFE Dzanc Books

Reading Jac Jemc's novel My Only Wife casts a somewhat strange (in that good sense related to excellent fiction), thrilling dream. The novel works as a sort of character sketch, of both the narrator (the husband whose wife has gone away) and a frustratingly real, complex woman--his one and only wife.

The only other narrative that made me feel this indelible sense of drifting away into a vaguely intoxicating dream was Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine.

Jemc's poetic, penetrating work of fiction accomplishes something special. I highly recommend picking this up.