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New from Contrappasso contributor Kent Harrington

Remember ‘Nirvana‘, the excerpt from Kent Harrington‘s novel Satellite Circus that appeared in our eighth issue? Well, the author has brought his wicked noir vision to a frightening post-meltdown scenario – “a Fukushima-created, isotope-glowing nightmare.” The novel is called Howlers. 483 more words

A Review of William Maxwell's So Long, See You Tomorrow (by Bethany)

I’ve known for some time that there is really no excuse for the fact that I had not read any of William Maxwell’s novels. I own a couple of them, though I borrowed… 2,006 more words

Fiction - General

The War of Form in John Steinbeck’s 'Cannery Row'

John Steinbeck’s 1945 novel Cannery Row opens with a striking sentence. It is a striking sentence because it makes use of the novel’s title. (I will be awarding points for examples of other novels that do this) It is a striking sentence because the particle word ‘a’ forms approximately 30% of its content. 719 more words

Charles Dickens

Reading Diary | Go Set A Watchman | Harper Lee


Began: 4th October 2015

Finished: 21st October 2015

Thirteen pages into Go Set A Watchman, I made the heart-breaking discovery that it was not the book I thought it was going to be. 423 more words

Freckly Fiction

It had never fully occurred to Jean Louise that she was a girl: her life had been one of reckless, pummelling activity; fighting, football, climbing, keeping up with Jem and besting anyone her own age in any contest requiring physical prowess.

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Book Quotes

The Body by Stephen King

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish them – words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out…That’s the worst, I think. 376 more words


The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain

I’m till trying to decide just how mean this book is.

Or does the little town of Hadleyburg get what it deserves?

Hadleyburg, a small town in small town America, prides itself on its honesty.   395 more words