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False Idols and Other Short Stories Paperback – May 9, 2013
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About the Author
Tony LaRocca is a carbon-based life form, animator, occasional actor, U.S. Army veteran, blogger, karaoke crooner, electrician, and chronic doodler from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. He currently resides with his family in Queens, New York. He can usually be found at www.EgotisticalProductions.com
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LaRocca shows an intense attention to detail and word painting, as well as a sense of purpose to his writing that is strong, but not overpowering. He gets his themes across without bludgeoning you with them. Examples of this are "Ad Aware", "Flawed Copies", and "Heaven 2.0", which all touch upon the uncomfortable intersection of technology and commerce that we now find ourselves living through. The worlds that he creates - and they do feel like fully-formed worlds - are like our own, but tilted at 30 degrees, which allows you to relate to the characters and care about the story.
I look forward to LaRocca's next book. It will definitely be on my wish list.
I'm just finishing. I suppose that one could enjoy this as a collection of separate short stories and think nothing of it. You're missing something important. Tony is one of Flower Power's abandoned children and was grown in a vat (sububan Jersey, yo) listening to albums that spun under a needle. So it goes that he delivers a unified work. In the end, False Idols and Other Short Stories builds tale by tale to the sustained horrific keen of my generation, loud and piercing enough so that Carl and Gene can hear us wailing:
You promised us so much but were still stuck here tolling a toneless bell in a pile of stinging Same Old S...OS.
NO cymeks have come. NO Klingons. NO obelisks on the moon. NO mutant superhumans. NO warp drive. Not even the rapture. WTF? IS ANYONE OUT THERE? (& won't you help us out of here?)
Just this Version Améliorée de la Tristesse Kindle edition and which I can't even wipe my eyes with. Which I really need after choking my way through Autumn People. I'm feeling it, brother.
I'm going to have to move the needle back to the outer rim. Ad Aware was outrageously funny...
The stories' subversive metaphors serve as a touching outline of internal battles we each face or, if we prefer, they serve as an opportunity to bask in fanciful dreams. Either way these striking tales are an opportunity to explore the wildly creative, yet cogent experiences with thought provoking relationships between, a shrewd dog lover and her reincarnated best pal, a lonely introvert and evil phantoms, and a contemptuous married couple and a monk's ancient curse, to name a few.
What is most irresistible about this collection is while dancing in the other-world, the reader is caught - sometimes while reading, and at other times, a bit after passing through - in a wisp of an intimacy, or a poignant moment of the heart, or an evocative glimpse of longing we have all felt at some point. And, when finished, the itch remains, having touched our discernment.
I hope that the author writes and publishes more...maybe a novella next time? hint hint....
btw - the cover art is awesome!
Most recent customer reviews
This is probably a four star book, but the author did not hire an editor.Read more
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