Monthly Archives: July 2014

A Swollen Red Sun by Matthew McBride

Unrelenting, unapologetic violence set against a backdrop of rural meth and country justice.

A Swollen Red Sun details what happens when the law finds $50,000 in cash in a cat s*** filled litter box. This story is tightly written and incredibly well crafted. It also reminds one why you never, never, ever want to get caught up in a world where you are the hunter and the hunted.

Excellent sub-plots about maladjusted “love” put this at the top of my favorite summer reads for 2014.

 

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Full Contact: The Collection by Daniel Kucan

Daniel Kucan is a master story teller.  He has taken a violent world and filled it with poetry, nuance, and style.  The story follow’s Zach, a MMA champion, not only as he goes from place to place but also as he navigates the interior of your heart and haunts your psyche.  The stories are brutal and yet touching.  Cold and filled with heat.  Heartless and full of joy and love.  I laughed and at times I must have gotten a little dust in my eyes as I found them watering up.  I read this book over a month ago and I’m finding that I still think about it from time to time.  No matter what genre you usually read, I would highly recommend this book.

I received this book for an impartial review from the author.

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