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Friday, May 25, 2018

Why you should read Sudden Fiction Latino: Short Short Stories from The United States and Latin America.

Hello everyone, 

I want to introduce you to a book of short short stories that I loved. A book that offers a chance to read a wonderfully diverse group of writers, and about a broad range of experiences. It is a collective paella of Latino-ness, and when consumed, provides a realistic and well-balanced view of what it is like to live a Latino life. * The book is spilling over with delicious fictional tapas that are cross generational and multi-national. 

You'll find lust, betrayal and melancholy in the story Alma, by Junot Diaz. Why not dive into a deep-ass pool of Latino-literature with Insomnia, by V. Pinera. Maybe you need to be reminded to stay away from weird teen age girls by The Hitchhiker, by Louis Reyna
The book is a Latino Grimm’s Fairy Tales, full of little stories offering sage advice and warnings to the wise. Like in life itself, there is sadness and longing in many of them, like in Miss. Clairol, or The Back of My Own Head in a Crowd. Sometimes the tales can break your heart, like mine did when I read the sweet and desperate, Volar, by Judith Ortiz Cofer. Unfortunately, some of the stories were so short they left me longing for more, but that’s what a good short story does, isn’t it?
 This is a must read for anyone who isn’t sure which Latino theme, or author, to read first. May I suggest my book, but if you must read someone else, Sudden Fiction Latino: Short Short Stories from The United States and Latin America is an excellent starting point for anyone new to Latin American fiction. 

Luis Mario
P.S. Want to suggest a book, or submit a review? Please contact me. Maybe I’ll post it. 

*Latinos = Refers to Chicanos, Hispanics, people from Latin America and the Philippines (yes, the Philippines). 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Confessions of an Internet Pornographer gets a four star review on Goodreads !

My novel, Confessions of an Internet Pornographer, just received another four star review on 

Here it is: 

"I wondered if I would be able to admit to reading this on a public forum, but luckily it wasn't as riske' as I feared it might be and so I was a) able to finish reading it and b) able to admit reading it.
It was what I'd hoped for, the story of a guy desperate to drag himself and his family out of poverty with the pipe dream of creating a .com website.
There were some graphic scenes in it, but they are brushed over with a 'professional' eye. I read it as if it were based on a true story, in which made a far more fascinating read.
Now I know it's not, it takes a little sparkle away from it, I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much had I twigged earlier on. Even so, I enjoyed the story, it gets marked down for occasional typos and the uncertainty factor, but the rest of the stars are for the story."

 What this reader does not realize, and I forgot to mention on, is that Confessions of an Internet Pornographer is fiction inspired by a true story! Thank you for reading my novel and taking the time to write your review.

Luis Mario