Book Review - Interfictions 2

Friday, February 12, 2010

I was sent Interfictions 2: An Anthology of Interstitial Writing by a friend of mine who also happens to be a contributing author to this collection of stories. I have to be honest, I didn't know what Interfictions were or what Interstitial Arts were when I first received the book to review. I felt a little stupid for that but as I don't enjoy much being stupid I set about figuring it all out. My first stop was the Interstitial Arts Foundation and between their website and the book itself I found that I greatly enjoy Interfictions and other Interstitial arts and have for some time. Actually all the time I can remember enjoying art, I have always liked the stuff that crosses boundaries. Art within rigid boundaries is enjoyable too but who's to say it has to be that way?

Interfictions 2 is a great example of how many different forms Interfictions can take. For myself I thought for some reason Interfictions had to be science fiction in some way but that is so so so wrong. It's simply skirting genres and bending traditional literary "rules" there are many stories in this anthology with no science fiction or "fantasy" at all. My absolute favorites are hard to pick but I have two. Valentines by Shira Lipkin and Afterbirth by Stephanie Shaw.
First off let me be honest, Shira is the friend who sent me the book but here is what surprised me, her story really is one of my favorites. I have tons of faith in her and her writing but other than her livejournal I had never read any of it. I am a brutally honest person and I was so hoping I would just love her story. As soon as the book arrived I skipped right to it and read it immediately, then I read it again and then again when I actually got to her story again chronologically. I loved it, I got it, my husband suffers from occasional unexplained epilepsy, the traveling between worlds as described in Shira's Valentines seems to happen to him as well, I have never experienced it myself but I see it happening to him and so when I read this story each piece fell into place in my mind without a moments hesitation, there was no translation needed I just accepted it and understood.
I have a three year old little boy and although I do not go around all day thinking about his birth I can say it is there as a solid life experience and can be easily reclaimed and relived. Afterbirth is a great story about the just before and the actual birth of her children. There's only one little hitch, dragons. They are just there, in the bedroom, in the delivery room and in the OR. If you have ever given birth you will know that despite how incredibly bizarre the dragons in this story may be it is spot on. How do you put into words the crazy, chaos that is happening all around you in the weeks leading up to the birth of your kids and then the actual delivery? Well, if you are Stephanie Shaw you don't put it in words so much as give the feelings characters all their own.

Kate Gosselin's new book Why do I care?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I don't care, I don't, I mean I keep telling myself that I don't care but I keep reading the articles about the book. I can't seem to stop myself. I won't read it, I will shoot myself in the eye before I read this book (go ahead send me a free copy to review now). I don't care what the letters to her children say and the fact that it is published by Zondervan makes me think it's just a bunch of religious propaganda bullpucky anyway. So I ask myself why am I posting this because in the long run I am only adding to the hype and the answer is this much like a song that I can't get out of my head until played on my iPod, I am putting my thoughts out there only to release my inner demons maybe I will stop thinking about it after this post, I'm simply getting it out of my system. Besides I will not deny this book it's right to be crappy, whether it's getting press for being god or being bad makes no difference it's the fact that it's getting press at all that will push it on which in the end will put food in those kids mouths, it will send them to good schools and give them lots of wonderful things to play with. More power to Kate and her potentially craptastic book.

Spotlight - Tales for Delicious Girls by Barbora Knobova

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I was recently approved to review Tales for Delicious Girls by Barbora Knobova as part of her book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion. I am really excited to get this book in the mail, to get into all the nitty gritty of these tails. For now I have copied some things from Amazon for your enjoyment.

Book Description:

"Tales for Delicious Girls" offers witty, refreshing, clever and ironic insight into relationships between men and women from all points of view. The book is a modern relationship manual, providing answers to the most pressing dating and friendship questions that strong, independent, modern women want to know. "Tales for Delicious Girls" deals with wishes, desires and dreams - as well as hilarious mishaps and dating disasters. However, "Tales for Delicious Girls" is not simply a humorous book. In addition to entertaining the readers, the tales will inspire women to think about their own life and relationships, see themselves through different eyes and realize that they are their own best friend, the pillar of their own life, and the only person they can always count on. "Tales for Delicious Girls" encourages women to love, respect and appreciate themselves, to live the life they have always wanted, and become aware of their true uniqueness and deliciousness. This book will make you cry till there are tears in your eyes. It will become your faithful companion, and will help you find yourself. It was written for you because you're delicious - the most delicious girl in the world.

Spotlight - Icon and Idols by Victor Pross

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I will be reviewing Icons & Idols: Pop goes the Culture by Victor Pross soon as part of his Pump Up Your Book tour and thought I would give you all a little highlight. I have always wondered why people choose to draw caricatures, and why do some make it their life's work? perhaps I will soon find out, and I will share that with you here, for now here is some info on the book and author from Amazon.

Book Description:

Icons & Idols is a lavish ART book by Victor Pross Icons & Idols is based on the idea that actors, politicians, writers, musicians--the famous--constitute a modern mythology. It is an eye-popping visual homage and satire of pop culture that is sure to tickle a funny bone and hatch a few thoughts. ICONS & IDOLS contains Pross? painterly and penciled twists of Robert De Niro, Elvis Presley, George Bush, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sylvester Stallone, The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Clint Eastwood, Iggy Pop, Johnny Cash and other icons from the worlds of film, music and literature. This stunning book has over 60 art works of fantastic famous people--unlike you have ever seen them! A few comments from Pross? admirers: ?Victor's stuff has goddamn edge to it. It has lots and lots of elements. It has wonderful color. It pushes the boundaries.??Richard Engle, musician. ?Here you have a pencil and paintbrush virtuoso player!?---Pablo Morales de los, artist and caricaturist. ?The work of Victor Pross goes beyond the realm of caricature and explores German expressionism at its finest. A true Fine Artist!??Don David, artist. ?Victor is an iconic artist and will be worldly renowned and historically respected for his works.? ---John Elliott, artist. ?The mind behind this man's work leaves me even more breathless than his flawless, boundary-pushing artistic endeavors.?---Crista Bones, photographer and artist. ?Victor?s caricatures, aside from being clever in their own right, also convey an intelligence and knowledge of his subjects that is sometimes absent in similar sketches.? ?George H. Smith, author of Athesim: The case against God.

About the Author:
Victor Pross is a professional artist born and raised in Toronto now residing in British Columbia. He is known for his ?extreme caricaturing? and surrealist paintings. He has many high profile commissions to his credit including painting Ron Howard?s caricature portrait as a gift for the famous director as well as painting various agents of the William Morris Agency. He has rendered numerous International celebrities and Canadian media personalities for commercial and private purposes. Victor Pross has been interviewed on television shows such as: Canada AM, Breakfast Television, News at Noon and has been pegged by Canadian Media as ?Canada?s foremost caricature artist.? Icons & Idols is Victor's first book.

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