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Atomic Fez Earns *Two* 'Best of 2010' Picks from "Black Static"
« on: January 19, 2011, 07:17:39 pm »
Well bless my stars and garters! Atomic Fez is just the bees’ knees, it seems! According to Peter Tennant at Black Static, certainly.

Not just one, but two of the books published last year made up two entries of the 13 in Mr. Tennant’s “Best of 2010″ list over on his blog in THIS POST HERE. James Cooper’s A Beautiful Red was cited for its excellent writing, as was Andrew Hook’s Ponthe Oldenguine.

Click through and read the full text, but here’s some selected text from last week’s post, as well as a little something from Mr. Tennant’s original reviews for the two books.   

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Cooper writes with a scalpel like economy of style, a surreal eye and a vision uniquely out of kilter with the world we know, but still connected enough to reveal to us truths we’d rather not confront.
Peter Tennant;Pete’s Picks”, January 14th 2011

“There’s Something Wrong With Pappy”… chronicles the dissolution of a family after the death of the mother, with sympathetic magic… and all sorts of micro/​​macro shifts of perspective… but also eerie and strangely compelling… Even better is “Eight Small Men”… with events past and present informing each other, and excellent characterisation throughout… a moving and powerful story, and testament to what Cooper can accomplish when he stretches himself.
 … As so often with Cooper [in “My Secret Children”] there’s the suggestion of something else going on in the background… it’s the ideal note on which to end this collection by one of the most promising writers to emerge from the small press pack in recent years.
Peter Tennant; Black Static, Issue №16 (April/​​May, 2010)

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…A delirious smörgåsbord… in a barbed satire that would have brought a smile to the faces of… Swift and… Pope.
Peter Tennant;Pete’s Picks”, January 14th 2011

Despite its brevity this is a book fizzing with ideas. While so much of it, at least superficially, seems preposterous, beneath the surface serious commentary is being made about the banality of modern entertainment and life itself…
[Andrew] Hook doesn’t set a foot wrong with the writing, his voice charming the reader so that we accept the audacity of his invention, the way in which it continually fools not only us but also itself. It is his best book yet, and I loved it.
Peter Tennant; Black Static, Issue №20 (Dec. 2010  –  Jan. 2011), p.52
Atomic Fez was the only publisher to be mentioned twice, as far as I can tell, which prompted this comment from the highly respected reviewer:

…two out of five releases [in 2010], so it appears I think [Atomic Fez] are doing something right…

The titles of the two books in the second paragraph above will lead you to their product pages, where you can purchase your very own copies of both. You’ll be glad you did, too; don’t just take Atomic Fez’s word for it!
Ian Alexander Martin; Proprietor, Atomic Fez Publishing

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Re: Atomic Fez Earns *Two* 'Best of 2010' Picks from "Black Static"
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2011, 10:30:56 am »
'There's Something Wrong with Pappy', from Cooper's Beautiful Red, is one of my favourite stories and worth the price alone in my opinion.  He's had a 100% success rate for me regarding the stories I've read in Black Static, I've liked them all, but that one's a favourite.