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Editorial Reviews


"The stories are laugh-out-loud funny and when you're done laughing you realize your heart hurts a little." - Heavy Feather Review

"Imaginative, intriguing, incredible, irrational, interesting." - Kevin J. Doyle, doylekevinj.com

"Energy crackles from every frenetic piece. Great collection." - Josh Plattner, managing editor, Scarletta Press.

"Rolli's eccentric, whimsical stories exhibit a style and a brand of comedy all his own." - PANK Magazine.

"Rolli's descriptions are crisp and strike with a thud of reality that is as disconcerting as it is eloquent." - Flash Fiction Chronicles

"As dazzling as they are brilliant, these stories are bursting with life. They sing. And they're very funny too." - Nik Perring, author of Freaks!

"Because this is a magic book, as you absorb its people you begin to realize that the real people around you are and have always been impossible." - Brian Conn, editor of Birkensnake

"Rolli’s eccentric, whimsical stories exhibit a style and a brand of comedy all his own. There is much to love about this collection for a general audience, but these stories will be most rewarding for Rolli’s fellow writers and artists." —Thomas Michael Duncan, pankmagazine.com

"The seventy-five stories in mononymous author Rolli’s new flash-fiction collection, I Am Currently Working on a Novel, waver between whimsical and bleak. The best ones are both." —Adam Thomlison, heavyfeatherreview.com

"Rolli’s imagination is admirable, and his ability to make so much happen in so few words is deeply impressive. Each one of the stories in I Am Currently Working On A Novel is finely-crafted, a miniature triumph." —Christophe Frost, neonmagazine.co.uk

"Rolli’s worlds are strange and yet magic, tragic as well as humorous. He wrenches out the pain and also the joy of life, creating stories that could all begin a novel." —LouAnne Foley, Billings Gazette

About the Author

Rolli is a writer, illustrator and cartoonist hailing from Canada. He's the author of  two short story collections (I Am Currently Working On a Novel and God's Autobio), two books of poems (Mavor's Bones and Plum Stuff), the middle grade story collection Dr. Franklin's Staticy Cat and two forthcoming novels - Kabungo (Groundwood, 2016) and The Sea-Wave (Guernica Editions, 2016). His cartoons appear regularly in Reader's Digest, Harvard Business Review, Adbusters, The Chronicle of Higher Education and other popular outlets. Visit Rolli's website - rollistuff.com - and follow him on Twitter @rolliwrites.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Tightrope Books, Inc. (June 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926639731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926639734
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,061,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The dedication/acknowledgement/prelude to this intensely diverse collection of stories reads “for the few magicians”. First off, for the most part, these can’t be called “stories”, if you think of them in the traditional ways you’d normally define a story. Perhaps they are “creatively diverse thoughts put into words”. Or “abstract ideas gathered up and placed on paper”. However we choose to define them, it really doesn’t matter, because they don’t need definitions. Most good art doesn’t.

Am I magician? I hope! If I am, then I’m pleased. If I’m not, then I must get back to work. Whether I am one of the few or not, I did read this book from Rolli and since I have a laptop and access to the Internet, I’ll share my thoughts.

The obvious - Rolli is an excellent, skillful, madcap, witty, thoughtful writer.

And this new collection of his is radically diverse. It’s challenging. Even disturbing, at times. Not often....only occasionally. It makes you think, ponder, reflect and wonder. And that’s what I like the most. Good or bad, there are reactions to all of the entries. Upon finishing each piece I either liked, disliked, paused for contemplation, re-read, or shuddered and quickly moved on.

Here are specific examples from the stories I enjoyed most:

Early in the book, “The Citizen” made me shudder. It’s a pretty creepy story - in just a page and a half. At the end, the narrator of the story screams “Face taker!” over and over. That’s all I’ll say. Shudder, indeed.

“Hugs, Peggy” is a phenomenal takedown of celebrity - from the side of the superfan. “My God, I love L.A. I love, love, love LA. All this amazing, amazing stuff happening all around you. It’s like you’re a part of it.
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