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Switchblade: Issue Five (Switchblade Volume One Book 5) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07BTL8MGY
- Publisher : Caledonia Press (March 29, 2018)
- Publication date : March 29, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 75862 KB
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- Print length : 190 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,157 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I thoroughly enjoyed each poem, flash, short story, and photograph. My favorites of the collection are "Chemo Queen" by Tom Barlow, "Bad Dog" by Timothy Friend, and "The Big Blind" by David Rachels.
Barlow's story provides a cautionary tale about a con artist whose epic fail involves the violation of a basic rule of decorating: matching the carpet to the drapes. Friend shows how a loyal, old dog can perform the greatest trick of all. Rachels gives the phrase "going all in" a whole new meaning.
I won’t go into summaries of the stories, but I will say that Alec Cizak’s “Nasty Habits” and Tom Barlow’s “Chemo Queen” are two of my personal favorites. That said, the whole issue is stellar, with each piece offering a different flavor. Go on and get some!
Other standouts were “Nasty Habits” by Alec Cizak and “Play Your Hand” by Danny Sophabmisay. But there was not a disappointing tale in the magazine. I also enjoyed the three little “jabs” of flash fiction at the end. Very short fiction is hard to pull off sometimes, but these three guys did a great job.
If you like noir, this magazine is for you. I love noir and I love Switchblade.
Some personal favorites from this edition:
“A Good Week’s Work” by Rob Pierce. Truly no plan survives contact with the enemy… and that goes double when you get a group of criminals together, each with their own agenda. End of the day, when blood is spilled and money is on the line, is there anyone you can trust?
“Nasty Habits” by Alex Cizak. There are worse addictions to have then heroin, and even the bottom rung of society has ways of looking out for the vulnerable.
“These Hills” by Chris McGinley. What do you do when there’s no work and nothing left to steal? What do you do when even the local preacher knows theirs no salvation waiting for them based on the things they’ve done? A story about the weight some men carry for years, and sometimes the best part of us is long gone and buried, just a white cross at the side of a mountain road to mark our passing.
“Bad Dog” by Timothy Friend. A unique story from a dog’s perspective about love, and loyalty, and ultimately how we perceive ourselves. IF this doesn’t tug at your heart strings, I’m going to have to assume you’ve got no soul at all.
That said, all of the stories featured showcase excellent writing, at times visceral, gritty, and grime covered, but also emotional, tension filled, and with stakes that grab the reader and won’t let go.
Four stories stood out to me as Titanic touchstones in the genre. The lead story by Rob Pierce, A Good Week's Work, E.F. Sweetman's China Township, MI, Tom Barlow's Chemo Queen and Alec Cizak's Nasty Habits. AC's story lifts off into the stratosphere. There are plenty of jewels to be discovered in SB5 but these four lingered with me well after I closed the book and set it down. Just one reader's opinion. This should be purchased along with the T-Shirt and both given away to friends or enemies to continue spreading the good word.
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I recommend it without question. Especially loved the cover and pulpy vibe of the inside design.
Switchblade has got somethin' here and you should get it too. Don't miss out.