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Sex, Thugs, and Rock & Roll: The Best of Neo-Noir Fiction Paperback – June 1, 2009
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Robinson's second anthology derived from the online magazine Thuglit is an improvement over 2008's Hardcore Hardboiled. Jason Starr gets things off on the right foot with Double Down, a short but punchy contemporary PI tale, with an unapologetically amoral main character largely indifferent to the consequences of his greed. Joe R. Lansdale offers perhaps the strongest entry with Bullets and Fire, in which the narrator gets accepted into a hardcore urban gang by punching out a little girl, for reasons that only become apparent in the denouement. An ex-con's despair over his estranged grown daughter drives Marcus Sakey's The Days When You Were Anything Else, which ends with a twist that's no less powerful for being predictable. While not every selection is top-notch, this volume also showcases a number of lesser-known authors who will undoubtedly be heard from more in the future. Sarah Weinman's introduction extols the virtues of online publication. (June)
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P.S PLEASE BRING BACK THUG LIT!!!
Todd Robinson is the editor of this collection and also the man behind the website Thuglit. You can find new short stories every month on Robinson's online site and the best get chosen for these books. Robinson's first collection Hardcore Hardboiled was such a success, he chose to put out this book to follow.
Alot of big names in this book, stories from Marcus Sakey The Blade Itself: A Novel &The Amateurs and Anthony Neil Smith Yellow Medicine &Hogdoggin' to short story master Scott Wolven Controlled Burn: Stories of Prison, Crime, and Men. One of the great things about Thuglit's anthologies are that any unknown author with the right story can get published.
The Good (really good) -
Cramp by Anthony Neil Smith
Like Riding a Moped by Jordan Harper
Bullets and Fire by Joe R. Lansdale
High Limit by Scott Wolven
The Days When You Were Anything Else by Marcus Sakey
We All Come from Splattertown by Hugh Lessig
Haermund Hardaxe Was Here by Allan Guthrie
The (Not So) Bad -
Politoburg by Jedidiah Ayres
Black Sun by Gary Carson
The Switch by Lyman Feero
Overall a really great read and quite an interesting collection. I'm looking forward to reading more by Jordan Harper and Thuglit's first collection soon.