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About the Author

Cesar Torres studied journalism at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago.

Product Details

  • File Size: 219 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 145058554X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: M-BRANE SF (February 20, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 20, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0039PUA1W
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Cesar is the author of The 13 Secret Cities, a new serialized novel by Cesar Torres, out now in the Amazon store in both paperback and Kindle.

Cesar Torres is the author of "The 12 Burning Wheels," a collection of stories of weird fiction, published in 2010.

He is also the creator and host of The Labyrinth podcast, which is dedicated to books, author interviews and topics in self-publishing. He serves as Managing Editor at The Wirecutter and The Sweethome.

Cesar lives in New York City. Author updates can be found at his web site He tweets at @13secretcities.

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I enjoyed this book despite being the complete opposite of a "fantasy" genre fan. It's not really the type of thing I seek out, but I took a chance on it and I'm glad I did. The stories are short enough that you can read them easily when you get a chance, but just long enough to pull you in. They're surprisingly engaging, too, and written in a way that is simultaneously identifiable and surreal.

As full disclosure, I know the author (Cesar Torres) in real life, but he has never asked me to write this review. I would not leave a positive review for something that I didn't truly believe in, and I have honestly recommended 12 Burning Wheels to other friends of mine. It's entertaining and engaging, and (at least for the Kindle version) less than the cost of a beer. Totally worth it.
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12 BURNING WHEELS is the new collection by Cesar Torres. It is the result of his challenging himself to write a short story a day for twelve days. There was no common theme, no editor to work with; Torres just wrote to write. I found it a beautiful, sensual collection with no two stories quite alike but read together, they provide a unique look into the bizarre landscape of Torres's mind.

Torres writes with a very sure hand and the tales in this collection is range from the erotic to the creepily horrorific. The pace is very fast and because of the nature of the project some of the stories end abruptly, begging for further expansion, so I hope that Cesar revisits some of his worlds very soon!

All the stories are quite good but here are my favorites:

"The Broken Chest" is a story of of the relationship between a father anf daughter and immediately reminded me of the early works of Tanith Lee, beautiful!

"The Scryer" is weird and wonderful and the world of the Worm Queens needs to be explored further!

"Honey" is a retelling of the Greek Circe myth, from her point of view - beware her wrath!

"Mantis Love" is the most upbeat tale in the collection and was very touching as well. There weren't a lot of kids out when I was in high school as there is today and I always applaud the young people that are proud of who they are at such a crucial age.

"Tincture DRK-01"...Cesar, LOVED IT! Love potions always come with a price...

"We Merge" reads as if its from a larger work but it is still an action packed piece and compelling intoduction to Dax the Spider's world...

and "Lemonade..."; again, I believe part of a larger piece and another snapshot of a weird, colorful world...
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12 Burning Wheels
Cesar Torres
MBrane SF
© 2010

Microfiction. Read it. It's easy. Highly consumable. It's like chewing on gummy bears or a Hershey's kiss (you can't eat just one) except that this kind of literary candy can make one as tense as a rollercoaster drop, and just as queasy, but then, as you wobble away, you realize that you could do the whole damned thing over again. Don't believe me? Try 12 Burning Wheels. Nibble from the middle if you like, wolf down the last story, or begin at the start and you'll find yourself scrolling onwards. Wonder to yourself--so then--what happened next?

A story a day straight for twelve days, now that requires an author certain of his powers. You try teasing twelve, consecutive stories from your gray matter sometime. Perhaps a sub-theme of 12 Burning Wheels is infection. Author infects reader with curiosity. Characters infect one another with desire, fear, and death. Fellow writers may be infected worst of all and compelled to try their hand at a similar challenge. In 12 Burning Wheels, Love often consorts with Death, the Erotic sometimes wears the face of a ghoul, and well...isn't casual violence absurd? Let me mention there is reccuring cannibalism. Yummy.

This reviewer delights in the following stories, but I'm sure you'll have your own favorites.
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Mantis Love is the most upbeat tale for the quirky romantic in me. Two gay High School Seniors dare to go to their prom in style. Yaoi Nation are you reading?
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So, I recently read 12 Burning Wheels, a collection of twelve "micro stories" by Cesar Torres. 12 Burning Wheels is sort of a concept book, not a typical collection of short stories. It's a book that started as a not-so simple simple challenge. Torres challenged himself to write twelve stories, stories around a thousand words each, in twelve days. The result of this personal challenge ended up being a rather solid collection of micro fiction.

12 Burning Wheels equates to eighty-two pages of engaging fiction. I consider it a collection of magic realism, stories in which people drive cars, slurp Big Gulps, ride L trains, then pop into local pawn shops to pick up magical scrying devices. Stories in which magicians are dubbed "aura technologists" and featured in People Magazine. Stories in which an iPhone app can interpret dreams and foretell one's future. Magic is a part of every-day life in these stories, it's just a fact. I always love fiction in which typical human experience is infused with magic, where working love potions can be purchased alongside Mountain Dew. 12 Burning Wheels tells these sorts of stories.

A few of the tales in 12 Burning Wheels don't feel like standalone pieces of micro fiction, they're more like reading excerpts from much larger pieces of work. I found their abrupt endings to be a little jarring. I'm of the thought that micro fiction or flash fiction, no matter of short, should still tell a complete story. I felt this in only three of Torres' twelve stories, and even so, I enjoyed the three stories quite a lot. Tores' prose are lush and delightful to read, 12 Burning Wheels is a collection I definitely recommend.
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