Book Review – Occasional Soulmates by Kevin Brennan

So this is the end of my relationship novel. Due to its self-aware writing style, Occasional Soulmates might be called a metanovel. Immediately, this may turn off some readers, but for me, it’s one of the reasons I love Kevin Brennan. He’s an author that can take traditional tropes and make them interesting again. Dr. Rachel Phelan is a single, …

Book Review – 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

That’s what the world is, after all; an endless battle of contrasting memories. I don’t mind usurping another reviewer’s thoughts when they strike a chord, so I’ll shamelessly steal the idea that this is Murakami’s marathon novel. The man writes and runs, so at 1,157 pages, 1Q84 appears to be a fusion of the two. Running a marathon takes endurance, …

Book Review – Yesterday Road by Kevin Brennan

“If we could just forget the lousy things and keep the wonderful things up front.” Self-publishing has a problem. A sticky, smelly problem that’s hard to wash off because the stain of poor writing is so embedded, like the smell of garlic in a French chef’s pores. That’s unfortunate because in many cases, there’s no stain at all. In fact, …

Book Review – Our Children Are Not Our Children by Kevin Brennan

Author and all around most excellent guy, Kevin Brennan, has compiled and published five short stories that hover a magnifying glass over the family unit. Sure, it’s been done before, but the magic is in the execution.  Brennan provides just enough focus to show us the good and the bad without burning the subjects to a crisp. Each story rings …