Book Reviews

“You don’t really understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world.”

– John Rogers

@The Rumpus

The Hopeful by Tracy O’Neill at Ig Publishing

@Entropy Magazine

Academy Gothic by James Tate Hill at Southeast Missouri State University Press

Love Songs of the Revolution by Bronwyn Mauldin at Chicago Center for Literature & Photography

The Things I Don’t See by Nathan Holic by Nathan Holic at Main Street Rag

@The Nervous Breakdown

15 Views of Orlando edited by Nathan Holic at Burrow Press

15 Views Volume II: Corridor edited by Nathan Holic and John Henry Fleming at Burrow Press

Don’t Smell the Floss by Matty Byloos at Bloody Publishing

The Grievers by Marc Schuster at The Permanent Press

Variations of a Brother War by J.A. Tyler at Small Doggies Press

Watch Doors as They Close by Karen Lillis at Meeting Eyes Bindery

@The Collagist

American Fraternity Man by Nathan Holic at Beating Windward Press

Rope by Matty Byloos at Smalldoggies Press

@American Book Review

The Freak Chronicles by Jennifer Spiegel at Dzanc Books

The Fun We’ve Had by Michael J. Seidlinger at Lazy Fascist Press

Knuckleheads by Jeff Kass at Dzanc Books

@Small Press Reviews

Damascus by Joshua Mohr at Two Dollar Radio

Don’t Start Me Talkin’ by Tom Williams at Curbside Splendor

Flooding Granite by Tom Mahony at Casperian Books

Immigration Essays by Sybil Baker at C&R Press

Misadventures of Sulliver Pong by Leland Cheuk at CCLaP

Murder by Jane Liddle at 421 Atlanta

My Father’s House by Ben Tanzer at Main Street Rag

No Tears for Old Scratch by Ken Wohlrob by Ken Wohlrob

Orphans by Ben Tanzer at Switchgrass Books

Sex and Death by Ben Tanzer at Sunnyoutside Press

A Shiny Unused Heart by J.A. Tyler at Black Coffee Press

So Different Now by Ben Tanzer at CCLaP Publishing

Stories V! by Scott McClanahan at Holler Presents

Wally by Don Peteroy at Burrow Press

@Nailed Magazine

The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan Vol. 1 by Scott McClanahan at Lazy Fascist Press

Freight by Mel Bosworth at Folded Word

The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom & Party Girl by Marc Schuster at PS Books

Short Works at Mendicant Bookworks

Songs of Vagabonds, Misfits, and Sinners by Ken Wohlrob at Bully Press

Volt by Alan Heathcock at Graywolf Press

Zazen by Vanessa Veselka

@The Next Best Book Blog

Among the Wild Mulattos and Other Tales by Tom Williams at Texas Review Press

Crystal Eaters by Shane Jones at Two Dollar Radio

Frade Killed Ellen by Alex Kudera at Dutch Kills Press

Kinda Sorta American Dream by Steve Karas at Tailwinds Press

Mesogeios by Steve Karas at WhiskeyPaper Press

My Name is Hate by Dave K at Banners of Death Press

My Top Picks of 2011 Damascus by Josh Mohr, Knuckleheads by Jeff Kass, and Stories V! by Scott McClanahan

My Top Picks of 2012 The Grievers by Marc Schuster, Wally by Don Peteroy, and Watch Doors as They Close by Karen Lillis

My Top Pick of 2013 15 Views of Orlando Volume II: Corridor

My Top Picks of 2014 Rope by Matty Byloos, The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan, and Love Songs of the Revolution by Bronwyn Mauldin

My Top Picks of 2015 The New York Stories by Ben Tanzer, The Things I don’t See by Nathan Holic, and No Tears for Old Scratch by Ken Wohlrob

My Top Picks of 2016 Kinda Sorta American Dream by Steve Karas, Murder by Jane Liddle, and The Hopeful by Tracy O’Neill

New York Stories by Ben Tanzer at Chicago Center for Literature & Photography

Once I was Cool by Megan Stielstra at Curbside Splendor

Shut Up/Look Pretty by Lauren Becker, Erin Fitzgerald, Michelle Reale, Amber Sparks, and Kirsty Logan at Tiny Hardcore Press

The Wanderer by Timothy Jarvis at Perfect Edge

Through the Windshield by Mike DeCapite at Red Giant Books

@Plumb Blogazine

Emergency Room Wrestling by the Dirty Poet at Words Like Kudzu Press

Fight For Your Long Day by Alex Kudera at Atticus Books

The Mimic’s Own Voice by Thomas Williams at Main Street Rag

Nothing or Next to Nothing by Barry Graham at Main Street Rag

Talismans by Sybil Baker at C&R Press and Sherry & Narcotics by Nina-Marie Gardener at Future Fiction London

Prize Winners by Ryan W. Bradley at Artistically Declined Press

Sophomoric Philosophy by Victor David Giron at Curbside Splendor Publishing

@The Small Press Librarian

My Top Small Press Picks of 2012

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