RaveLambda LiteraryThe Blade Between deftly unpacks the arrogance and agony of modern gentrification ... Jacked up with doses of adrenaline and fright, a perfect blend of genres. Sam J. Miller creates a detailed, expansive novel that, in many ways, reflects the current emotional temperature of our country. According to Miller, hatred is powerful, delicious and addictive. Where does emotional connection fit in? He writes, \'Love is harder than hate. Hate is easy… But hard as it is, love is the way forward…\'
RaveLambda Literary... a well-crafted, superior science fiction debut. Spanning countless years, this book is anchored by gorgeously drawn prose, faulted players and the idea that hope is our most valuable commodity ... is so well done, it reads like a premonition. Jimenez’s world could certainly be our reality years from now ... Another prediction can be found in this novel and that is for its author. Expect more spirited, manicured fiction from Simon Jimenez in the future. The Vanished Birds is a very grand beginning.
RaveLambda LiteraryDespite its publication date, the beach read label does not define John Glynn’s debut. Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer refashions the epic summer tale, dosed with lyrical brawn, grace, and ingenuity ... chronicles one man’s coming out. Equally important, this memoir surveys one man’s maturation ... beautiful, radical honesty ... personifies summer magic ... Summer or not, sharing a cool pop with John Glynn’s remarkable Out East will nudge you to believe in believing once again.
PositiveLambda LiteraryThat Was Something...is revealed in a casual, cheeky manner that mirrors a teatime chat with friends ... it reads as both euphoric and utterly dysfunctional ... Dan Callahan’s slim debut makes up for its size with a supreme dose of tenderness. That Was Something is a vivid novel that chronicles how youthful exuberance is ultimately highjacked by time. Callahan expertly nails the yearning we all hold for our yesterdays and reminds us that, despite the hours, days and even years of anticipation, our grandest occasion becomes a mere memory all too quickly.
C. Dale Young
RaveLambda LiteraryAn equally important theme in the book is preservation: both of our past, and our storytelling. These family histories will only survive if they continue to be shared. Young shows us that by revealing a story, one becomes part of that story ... The Affliction is a haunting book, one that is rooted in a binding beautiful magic. Quite like Young’s characters, we are left charting their connections to the beauty and loss found on each page.