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THE FORLORN ALLURE OF ANTHONY NEIL SMITH'S 'SLOW BEAR

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REVIEWED By Gabriel Hart
(from chapter fourteen)
“Maybe it was like what happened to blind people who got a sharper sense of hearing. After losing his arm, maybe the rest of his body toughened up to prevent something like that happening again. Didn't mean he was invincible. Just meant he could take a lot of hurt. Sure, he felt ever fucking moment of it but he was still standing.” 
“Slow Bear” is the 16th  (!) novel from long-standing crime writer Anthony Neil Smith. Not a sequel so much as a character study spin off from his oil boom drama “Worm,” we catch up with Micah “Slow Bear” Cross again to see what happens after the Rez cop was left in perilous shape at the end of that story. “He was kind of a gadfly, a troublemaker who ended up siding with the good guys in the end,” said Smith, when I pried about Slow Bear's transition between books. “I think I originally killed him, but changed my mind. He just seemed kind of interesting to do more stuff with.” Now, in “Slow Bear,” we see …

Lovecraft on the Pampas: A Discussion of “There Are More Things” by Jorge Luis Borges

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SPECIAL GUEST ARTICLE written by: Anthony Perconti



The Jorge Luis Borges story “There Are More Things”, is dedicated to the memory of HP Lovecraft. This is a very fitting sentiment considering that this story is a Borgesian pastiche of Lovecraft. It is a fascinating turn for Borges, given the fact that he was such an original voice. He was a vastly prolific writer who had the inherent ability of conveying dense amounts of information in the least amount of space possible. For Borges, brevity was virtue rather than a vice. In this tale, the author manages to insert many of the story beats that were a mainstay in the works of HPL, while adding some distinctly Borgesian flourishes. When compared to the rest of the Borges cannon, “There Are More Things” is somewhat of an anomaly; it is an interesting departure. It is not however, a typical Borges story.
A nameless narrator (with a PHD in Philosophy), returns to his home country of Argentina in 1921 to pay his respects to his recently depart…

REVIEW: Rattlesnake Rodeo by Nick Kolakowski

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Spoilers follow for the Boise Longpig Hunting Club.


Rattlesnake Rodeo picks up right whereBoise Longpig Hunting Clubleft off. Jake, his wife Janine, and his sister Frankie have just survived a version of the Most Dangerous Game, sponsored by one Tom Baker, where they were hunted by a selection of the 1% including politicians, CEOs, and other power players. Only now they get to deal with the fallout of having killed some very powerful people.That fallout comes in the form of Karen Baker, Tom’s sister, who is a former prosecutor and has more than enough money to be dangerous. Thanks to keeping digital tabs on her brother, she knows that Jake and his family are responsible for her brother's death, but rather than going out for blood she uses that leverage to turn the three into her own assassins…all to kill a young boy.What are the three to do when Karen seems to have all the cards: hired guns, crooked cops on her payroll, the justice system in her pocket, etc.This is a novel with alm…

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