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Length: 184 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 348 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Snubnose Press (June 18, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056UBJ22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heath on September 15, 2011
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If their first outing, Speedloader, is any indication, you'd be wise to keep your eye on Snubnose. This is six stories right out of Hell, featuring writers who know their business and don't pull their punches. It's very hard to disturb me as a reader, but a couple of the selections here had me squirming uncomfortably. So, you know... well-done, mates.
The incomparable Nigel Bird opens the collection with the gripping "You Dirty Rat", a WWI-era tale of revenge that manages to be beautifully layered and thrilling at the same time. I've not seen Bird take a misstep yet.
"Plastic Soldiers", by W.D. County, is an engrossingly disturbing story about a boy faced with the evil of monstrous adults, and forced to take a stand to save his own life and the lives of some other kidnapped boys.
Mathew C. Funk's "Cuffs", is a chilly, nerve-wracking tale about a motorist accosted by a scary cop, and it's fueled by a nice sense of paranoia and doubt.
"Mori Obscura", by Nik Korpon, is another genuinely disturbing tale, involving an ex-junkie, a kidnapped child, and some very, very bad men...
"Herniated Roots", from Richard Thomas, is a dark, somewhat depressing story about a "recovering" alcoholic trying to keep his life together, until he meets a beautiful woman who offers him either redemption... or total ruin.
And finally the awesome Jonathan Woods gives us "Crash & Burn", a wildly unpredictable story about corrupt Mexican drug cops, a slighted woman, a raped Mexican official out for revenge, and... the vice president of the United States. Written with the usual Woods flair and black humor.
So, a solid collection, and a nice mix of writers I'm familiar with and ones I'd never read before.
Very much looking forward to Snubnose re-loading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Rhatigan on July 14, 2011
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The debut effort from Snubnose Press, a six short story collection called Speedloader, is packed full of dark material.

I hear you already: "Of course it's dark, Rhatigan. It's noir. That's French for black, moron."

And I hear that. But trust me--this is noir burned to a crisp.

Particularly W.D. County's Plastic Soldiers, which has received special attention in nearly every review I've read. For good reason, too. This is an unflinching look inside a child-rape factory through the eyes of one boy. It's riveting material and County uses the boy's toy soldiers to great effect.

Nigel Bird has a gem in here as well in You Dirty Rat, an unconventional revenge tale set during WWI. Bird has quickly gained a reputation for crafting emotionally complex and thoughtful work with fully developed characters, and this story highlights his strengths.

I've seen a lot of Richard Thomas lately (Shotgun Honey, Dirty Noir). He delivers here with the seriously depressing Herniated Roots. A recovering alcoholic finds a girl who proves to be his true love. Or the cause of his slow death. Something like that. The message that "You're screwed!" comes through loud and clear and brilliant. The character's meandering yet inevitable demise proves to be (somehow) very satisfying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Getze on June 29, 2011
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I only read one of these six stories before publication. PLASTIC SOLDIERS by W.D. County. After a few paragraphs, I realized I was twisting in my chair, on edge, completely uncomfortable. About halfway through, I started asking myself if I had the courage to read another paragraph. PLASTIC SOLDIERS is the most gripping, frightening, saddest, hopeful, and demanding short story I have ever read. W.D.County, whose short story MY NAME IS PRICILLA is available at spinetingler.com, is a writer you'll want to discover and stick with as his career blossoms. I'm betting PLASTIC SOLDIERS kicks off a long list of awards for Mr. County.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Les Edgerton on June 27, 2011
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Emily Dickenson, in one of her more memorable quotes, gave her definition of what constitutes great poetry, when she said: "If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?"

Well, Ms. Dickenson just described the inaugural offering of Snubnose Press, "Speedloader." It did just that to this reader--took the top of my head off. These were black, dark stories, along the lines of the best of Bukowski, and every single author wrote a masterpiece. This is writing; this is literature.

Now... give us more from these writers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mets6986 on December 17, 2012
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I too was absolutely taken with "Plastic Soldiers" -- heartbreaking, harrowing, yet ultimately uplifting.

If you're reading on the Kindle, however, there are many more good things beyond the six that are billed on the cover. "The Instrument of Their Desires" by Patti Abbott is superb. Compact, emotional, and surprising, it is just what the short-story form should be. It prompted me to get her "Monkey Justice" collection straight away.

Nigel Bird, a recent favorite of mine, offers something that can perhaps best be described as a black-humored "Paths of Glory."

I also liked the teasers for Nik Korpon's "Old Ghosts" and Eric Beetner's "Dig Two Graves." Korpon is new to me; I know Beetner from his entries in the "Fight Card Series."
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