Moronic Ox Originals
Working on the Virtual Chain Gang
Kelly Huddleston recaps the work day of a
social media ghost
Uncovering the Cover Artist
An Interview with Zuzanna Orzel
A Gathering of Generations
by guest editor Donal Mahoney
from the recent Open Books release
Thoughts of Maria
An Interview with Mary Shelley,
Author of 'Frankenstein'
An imagined interview of the author by R Daneel Olivaw,
the robot from Isaac Asimov's 'Foundation' novels.
He asks her about her life, love, work
and influence on science fiction.
Written and directed by Christy Fearn.
From the novel
by Christy Fearn
Published by Open Books (2013)
Jet-setting Prof. Travels from Canada
all the way to London for Book Launch Party
Anne Martine Parent
"Breaking Up Is Hard, I Know"
from the Open Books novel
Fizzy Oceans is at home in the Virtual world.
"The Dead Await Your Arrival"
"MONSTER MOVIES: A PERSONAL REMEMBRANCE"
"Me and Shirley - Shirley Jones!"
Author Susie Duncan Sexton
Reads from Her Upcoming Book
More Secrets of an Old Typewriter:
Misunderstood Gargoyles & Overrated Angels
"Oxford is a port"
by Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang
"bones and planes" by Alicia Young
"An Individual Free-born In The Collective" by Christopher Barnes
"The Shadow Patrol"
(Open Books 2011)
Review by Susie Duncan Sexton
The value of fiction in exploring and representing the Holocaust:
Bernard Schlink's The Reader
(First appeared in issue 39 of
‘Tears in the Fence’.)
From the recently published Open Books novel
The Woman Who Lost China
Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang
Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang
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As French émigré Roman Catholics, Lizette Molyneux and her brother Robert are used to an existence on the edge of their Regency Nottingham community. But when Robert is arrested for a crime he insists he did not commit, Lizzie must draw on all her strength and courage to help him. Overcoming poverty, prejudice and the unwanted advances of her employer’s son, she unites with the frame-breaking Luddites to free her brother and to rectify social injustice.
With all the excitement of Sharpe (Bernard Cornwell), as well as the social commentary of Elizabeth Gaskell and Victor Hugo, Framed dramatises the issues of a turbulent time and champions the resistance of poverty-stricken workers. If you liked Les Miserables, then you’ll love Framed!
from Open Books
When his family moves to a small French Canadian town Ezra’s conflict with the moral system and religion he is surrounded by intensifies. A charismatic new friend soon leads him into a world of crime and dangerous taboos. The Christian God, as well as the father who abandoned him, haunts Ezra as he wrestles with the temptations of this dark new path. Is the dreamy image of his ghostly mother (always accompanied by a strange and mysterious goat) somehow leading him toward liberation, or are these specters the symptoms of an impending psychiatric breakdown?
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. Only an act of shameful impiety offers Ezra Mignon escape and eventual salvation. But can he betray, and even murder, the God that his community worships? And can he live with the divine blood on his hands?
Stories, Poems, Articles, Excerpts, Videos, Interviews, Fine Arts Expo
by David Sirota
from Metro Magazine
Two new physics papers add credence to the notion that the universe resembles a 3D Projection.
Crows are among the planet's most intelligent animals, teaching their young to use tools for foraging and banding together to fight off intruders. Now, the first study of how abstract reasoning works in these birds' brains could shed light on how intelligence works in a truly alien, non-mammal brain.
Music Video of the Week
Dexie's Midnight Runners
"I Believe in My Soul"
Truly Moore loves to spend time with her Great Aunt Fleur, a larger than life, quirky old lady who makes a living selling magic charms. The townspeople know Fleur is “different”, a sin in this “Buckle of the Bible Belt”, and many suspect that Aunt Fleur is a witch. The serenity of the town is shattered by the murder of a respected high school track coach, and as the murder becomes more and more difficult to solve, a witch hunt begins. But not all demons have pointy horns and tails, and not all angels have wings. Witch Ball asks us to be careful who we deify, and who we vilify.
Enchanting Audio book for kids
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Roy Sexton reviews current & classic films
with insight & irony.
Charlie Spinner has just been dumped by his trophy girlfriend, so to soothe the pain of rejection he embarks upon a night out with his two best friends, Ed (aka Ball Bag) and Fat Dave. Lamenting the dullness of their lives – grab bag relationships (or lack thereof), go-nowhere jobs, and of course ever-present money woes, Fat Dave wonders whimsically if it might be possible to turn a single one-pound coin into a million pounds. Playing along with his friend’s fantasy, Charlie deposits the change from a round of beers - one pound - into a slot machine and wins a one thousand-pound jackpot. But can Charlie rise to Fat Dave’s challenge to turn a one pound coin into one million pounds? Or is there an even greater prize waiting for him on the Las Vegas Strip? You make the odds…
Orgasmo is author Donald O'Donovan's autobiographical account of a long ignored writer's vow to never write again. But, alas, the vow is as destined to failure as O'Donovan's puckish alter-ego is to literary obscurity.
A love letter (of sorts) to LA, O'Donovan is in rare form as we watch his calliope of characters, hustlers and hopefuls alike, whirl past to chronicle the writer's long and perilous journey from penny-a-word hack writer for a pulp fiction mill to an underground literary beacon.