Day: May 21, 2015

Review of ‘Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion’

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Andrea Mann is disenchanted with life and love. She is also enthralled by the poet Arthur Rimbaud, and in particular the lost manuscript of his poem, La Chasse Spirituelle. So, when she finds herself at his grave at Charleville-Mezieres, where she meets a strange young man who claims to be the reincarnation of Rimbaud, she begins her own spiritual chase.

Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion by Barbara Scott Emmett is the story of Andrea’s quest, and at the same time, a parallel story of Rimbaud’s affair with the flamboyant poet Paul Verlaine, and the history of the missing manuscript. The author skillfully weaves the diverse narratives across a great span of time, from the first person point of view of the actors involved in the creation of La Chasse Spirituelle.

Filled with mystery and pathos, this is a literary masterpiece. Five Stars!!!

Review of ‘Hallowed Ground’

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Provender Creed is something of a renegade and outlaw. He lives in the town of Rookwood, a place that doesn’t cotton much to strangers, but he keeps pretty much to himself. Then, a strange group, led by The Deacon, sets up a tent city near town at the mouth of Dead Man’s Gulch, and life changes for everyone—but most importantly, life changes for Creed.

Rookwood was strange before the strangers came, but with them came death and the Devil. Hallowed Ground by Steven Savile and David Niall Wilson is not your typical western. In fact, it’s not your typical story of any genre, containing as it does a bit of everything.

Tight, eerie writing, characters you’d expect to encounter in nightmares, and goings-on that will chill you to your marrow. The Old West was never like this—or was it? Five stars for this story.