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Merc´s World

All over the place in the space of a mind. I comment on anything that grabs me.

Currently reading

After the Quake
Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin
Magische Blätter III
Friederike Mayröcker
Bridges: A Global Anthology of Short Stories
Maurice A. Lee
Our Daily Bread
Lauren B. Davis
Jude: Level 1
Julian Gough

Airplane Novel

Airplane Novel - Paul A. Toth A weird and wonderful book.

My Giveaway on Good Reads

I´m giving away 10 copies of my second story collection, Back Burning, on Good Reads. The copies are from the original print run and are signed. Reviews may be seen on the publisher´s page.



The Coward's Tale

The Coward's Tale: A Novel - Vanessa Gebbie I enjoyed it very much. Loved the language, the voice(s), the place I didn´t know. A novel? A story of stories. Try making wooden feathers. You can. Check out the blog tour - stops on Vanessa Gebbie´s blog - for wonderful insights into the writing process. Generous, just like her fine book.

From the Umberplatzen

From the Umberplatzen - Susan Tepper I received this book today and have just finshed its slim 50 pages. It´s a love story, one that reinforces my love for the "lies" of fiction, for they are more truthful than a "true" story can ever be. In one-page flashes that linger, Tepper tells her story with but one comma. The simple typewriter typeface adds to the charm of this delicate yet strong little book. I note Robert Olen Butler´s words on the back cover and now understand what he meant when he said a story needed to have yearning. Thank you, Susan, for the story and the lesson.