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Reviews: True Map of the City
“The plot is clever and delicately developed, the symbolism is richly layered, and every scene leaves readers asking head-scratching questions. The hyperbolic level of bureaucracy and hypocrisy occasionally comes across as satire, but also has the dark edge of Orwellian fiction.
"Creating such a surreal, vaguely impossible atmosphere in a novel is a challenging task, but Guenther plays masterfully with philosophy and language to achieve a singular mood. The stark, matter-of-fact narration and the intimacy of Horus' inner monologue gives the prose a foreboding sense, while the flashes of humor and ridiculousness give the book an odd balance.
"Guenther fits a whole tangled tale into just over 100 pages, with few wasted words.
"Capped off with a . . . completely unexpected conclusion, A True Map of the City is a truly good read, and Guenther humbly proves himself as a literary descendant of Kafka himself.” --Editor, Self-Publishing Review
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My Awful Christmas Poem
Over the years, I’ve received many Christmas letters containing an enclosed poem, most often a lame parody of “A Visit From St. Nicholas.” The meter is faulty, the rhymes wretched. One year, quite a while back, I was inspired by … Continue reading
Posted in poetry Tagged christmas, christmas poem, Edgar Allan Poe, poetry, St Nicholas, St Nick, The Christmas Maven, The Raven 20 Comments
Books From Long Ago
Jodie, over at Words Read and Written, posed the question today, “Which book has been on your shelves the longest? Which book has survived all your clean outs, trips to the second hand bookstore, book swaps, and garage sales?” This … Continue reading
Posted in books, poetry, the human condition Tagged 1944, bookplates, books, christmas, family, gifts from the heart, poetry, treasures 1 Comment
Christmas Story: Mike Sledge’s Christmas Carol
Mike Sledge’s Christmas Carol NOTE: Sticky post until after Christmas. New posts appear below. by Jeff Guenther It was foggy that night in 1946 as I drove my black ’32 Ford up La Cienega into the Baldwin Hills, heading for … Continue reading
Posted in fiction, the human condition Tagged angels, christmas, Christmas story, fiction, Hero's journey, short story 12 Comments