**I’ve only read a little from Anaïs Chartschenko (and, yes, I have to copy/paste her name every time), but so far I’m very impressed by her work. So, when given the opportunity to help promote her newest creation, I jumped on the chance. I’m looking forward to this collection and to giving her a listen as well!
The Liminal Hymns sing the story of moments between, leaving certainties to embrace doubt. Liminal spaces are explored through examinations of mythology, philosophy, and religion. With sardonic shots of whiskey and wit, this collection delves into the sensory and psychological kaleidoscope of the human condition.
Anaïs Chartschenko hails from the Canadian wilderness. She has come to enjoy such modern things as electric tea kettles. Her published works include:
The Whisper Collector
The Weightless One
The Liminal Hymns
It might be odd to call a collection of horror/noir short stories “beautiful,” but that is the impression I’m left with. These are incredibly well-crafted, well-written stories from an author I quickly grew to respect. Thorn’s mastery of prose is an absolute delight to read. His creativity is refreshing. His subtle ability to make the horror sneak up on the reader is a gift. I compared these stories many times to my favorites from Poe, and they indeed share the chilling truth that the worst monsters are the ones within.
The range of stories here was a surprise. I never knew what to expect from story to story – in one you have a guy unnaturally obsessed with hair, in another you have a ghost doomed to wander, in another you have a terrifying monster that assimilates unsuspecting campers. In every story, it was easy to get into the mind of the characters and see the horror through their eyes. And, again, the writing itself is worth your time.
Any book that has a monstrous blob devouring the works of Derrida has my vote.
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In this ten novel boxed set, indie publishing’s greatest superhero authors will introduce you to the heroes that save the world and the villains scheming to destroy it. Whether you like dystopian heroes, modern capes and cowls, champions of a bygone era, or guardians past their prime, you’ll love the high-octane adventure in this boxed set.
1. “Serpent’s Sacrifice” by Trish Heinrich
2. “Morning Sun” by Jeremy Flagg
3. “Action Figures” by Michael Bailey
4. “Supervillain High” by Gerhard Gehrke
5. “Origin” by David Neth
6. “Sidekick” by Christopher Valin
7. “The Kota” by Sunshine Somerville
8. “Super” by Karen Diem
9. “Wearing the Cape” by Marion G. Harmon
10. “Hero Status” by Kristen Brand
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Starting this book, I thought it would be a typical YA Dystopian SciFi story, and I was happy enough with that. But every time I thought I knew where the story was going, it took a swerve and headed in a new direction. I was NEVER bored with this book, and there were so many twists that the plot pulled me in and kept me reading. The characters are great too, and I was impressed with the author’s ability to stay so focused on showing us everything going on in Jo’s mind.
And about Jo. I imagine a lot of readers will find her difficult to empathize with after a while – she is not at all a pure, good hero. But Jo’s transformation from average SciFi teen to…everything else she becomes was, for me, the best part of the story. This is about Jo fighting her demons. About surviving. About finding redemption. I felt like her reactions to everything she goes through as the world falls apart were absolutely natural and believable. I also loved how important art was to her sanity and how it added depth to the story.
It’s hard to avoid spoilers and say anything else about the story, but I will say – HOLY CRAP the ending. I very much look forward to reading what’s going on in the next book.
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