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The Powell's Playlist | August 8, 2014

Peter Mendelsund: IMG The Powell's Playlist: Water Music by Peter Mendelsund



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The Woodcarver's Wife by Sherry Chandler

Rodney Wilder, May 12, 2014

Sherry Chandler's poetry collected here unwinds with a quaint but smoldering nostalgia. The messages she threads through verdant metaphor and various observational poems come with a power that grabs the attention more elegantly than any poetry I've encountered lately. Poems like 'Ephemera' and 'Christmas Day, 2010' throb with a silent strength, the held breath of witness, and the nature-rich images Chandler conjures here are too potent to resist, sticking in the mind long after the poem has ended, concoctions of tension and authentic emotion like that in the multilayered slow burn 'Jaws of Life', which unfurls with the stillness of a bear trap but left me reeling and headed for a second reading by its ending.

'The Woodcarver's Wife' is a gamut of visceral expression, divulging the embers of eroticism and love while also exploring common thoughts with uncommon lenses. A lovely collection of poetry, and a pleasure to read.
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Biomega #01 by Tsutomu Nihei
Biomega #01

Rodney Wilder, May 8, 2014

Without question the most visually and conceptually mind-blowing manga I have ever encountered. Every page is drawn with a discernibly painstaking craft. The settings are atmospherically nightmarish, and Nihei's art style serves these grisly abominations and looming smokestacks with a jaw-dropping perfection.

Story-wise as well, Biomega sucks the reader in and holds us hostage there. A most ingenious take on the zombie apocalypse fixation.
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23 Minutes in Hell: One Man's Story of What He Saw, Heard and Felt in That Place of Torment by Bill Wiese
23 Minutes in Hell: One Man's Story of What He Saw, Heard and Felt in That Place of Torment

Rodney Wilder, May 6, 2014

This book was an amazing insight into the real tangible Hell. I already knew that it was a place of very real punishment and suffering, but this account put very visual images and faces to the denizens and locations therein. A terrifying vision, and a necessary read for everyone. Not just anyone, but everyone.
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The Menstruating Mall by Carlton, III Mellick
The Menstruating Mall

Rodney Wilder, May 6, 2014

Very weird, very interesting story. The drawings included are nice tone-setters without being distracting, complementary instead. Great book of a bizarre, bizarre, and even more bizarre event.
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Siren Promised by Jeremy Robert Johnson
Siren Promised

Rodney Wilder, May 6, 2014

This book is a startling account of one's struggle against the substances and influences that are striving to conquer that person and those in her life. No punches were held in showing the terrible power and potential of substances and drugs to destroy, making this a startling Danteic trip through one's seemingly infinite Hell.

One of the things that sets this story apart from the many drug-terror stories is the supernatural aspect. A brilliantly crafted metaphor runs the duration of the novel; the tangible forces of destruction that the protagonist is constantly vying against and resisting are given a spectral twin just as horrendous in a completely alien, inveterate will that would see Angie, the protagonist, dead and gone along with her bloodline. The reader can't help but begin to feel asphyxiated and panicked for Angie as she spirals down into the dregs of a life she is so vehemently trying to escape.
This is a story of death and resurrection, of will and resignation. Awfully painful yet greatly inspiring.
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