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Periphery Paperback – June 18, 2013
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From the Back Cover
"In a break in the trees above the street, a start to the sky, there is glowing in the aether. The sky is now a fading yellow as he watches the winged shapes perform delicate motions upon the horizon. He sees a singular bird amongst the flock, appearing more mammalian than avian.
A bird falls to his right, bouncing slightly upon impact with the street.
He looks disturbed as a black shape bounces stiffly on the sidewalk.
Startled, he watches as another falls.
His nerves run electric as yet another bird drops from the sky, and another, and another.
It rains birds..."
About the Author
Alexx was raised on the hardscrabble streets of suburban New Jersey. After a stint as a phrenologist*, he earned a degree in something slightly more useful: Poetry.
Years of wandering the desert with a group of nomadic Bedouin poets** lead him to the Pacific Northwest. He currently uses words in Portland, Ore.
Some of his previous work can be found in the collection "the void sutras"
Information on this and other projects can be found at: alexxcast.com
* This is not true. ** Also, completely false
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This book will take you on a journey. This book will have you questioning your own sanity. This book will have you questioning the author's sanity. This book will cause you to chuckle, think, frown, maybe cry, rejoice and dismay.
There are many layers to the story, and for those looking for a quick and easy read, maybe this book is not for you. For those who are looking for something that requires a bit of thought and reflection, there is much for you here.
For fans of weird fiction, and even the fantasy/horror fans, this book offers a lot. From obscure occult references, to homages to other works that came before, you'll be sure to find something here that will tickle your fancy.
Mr. Bollen did a find job creating his characters and building a world for them to stomp around in. The language used be the characters is wonderful, and not like your typical run of the mill fictional characters. You can tell that this story has been crafted with love and probably a tad bit of hate as well.
This book could end up bleeding into your real life. Don't be alarmed if you find an orange plastic dinosaur at some point during or after the reading.
So read the book because, hey, plastic dinosaur.
From there Alex creates a whole world that is fun and sad and slightly terrifying but never boring.
Periphery is a complicated book, but therein lays its charm. Alexx Bollen is a masterful wordsmith, and the prose of this story is surpassed only by its, sometimes very subtle, layering. The use of metaphor and the duality of, not only the language, but the very nature of this world, creates a compellingly weird drama with the central theme that all experience is dependent on the perspective of the observer.
Small orange plastic dinosaurs notwithstanding, there is much you can miss if you lack the correct vision.