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The act of writing always creates something of value. When I'm reading, it is the various manifestations of that inherent and powerful value that I'm looking to capture and share with my fellow book lovers.  

 

 

From humble days as a bookseller in Colorado, I now live in NYC and work for one of the big publishing houses. I'm always reading a huge variety of books, but you're bound to find more reviews on titles that might not be on every bookstore's shelf quite yet! 

 

And I must also say that it is immensely important to support independent bookstores. Definitely consider shopping with your local bookshop if you don't already!  

If you're looking for one then check out the great store I used to work at:

oldfirehousebooks.com

The Fifty Year Sword / druk 2

The Fifty Year Sword - Mark Z. Danielewski From the first page, readers can never quite know what to expect from any writing that has been crafted by the hands and the mind of Danielewski. Readers find themselves in the midst of a party where Chintana listens along with five oddly named orphans to a dark tale from a mysterious figure. The story told to these characters and us is one that speaks of a quest to quiet a deep and painful darkness. However, the further one goes to vanquish this darkness, the more one finds themselves embracing the darkness. Danielewski and T50YS fulfill the usual promise of taking readers into a realm that contains those essential bits of plot, character, and in one form or another, narrative. More important than offering us a gripping tale of a man navigating a forest of shattered sound and mountains echoing solitude in an attempt to gain the perfect weapon, T50YS offers its readers a truly refreshing literary mode of delivery. A great writer wants language to engage with its audience, and communicate to them a new method for seeing, for reading, and for thinking. I certainly feel this desire to be at work in T50YS. On all of these pages I read novella. I read short story. I read the lyric of poetic verse. I read visual abstraction. I read language and image that are willing to push the limits of genres and their conventions so that they can achieve greater writing. What I’m reading, here, is Danielewski.