Review: Massive Cleansing Fire by Dave Housley (Reviewed by Marnie Silverman)

JMWW

Massive Cleansing Fire

by Dave Houlsey

120 Pages

Outpost 19 (2017)

ISBN: 978-1944853143

Like most short story collections, there is a thematic through line that runs through Dave Housley’s stories in Massive Cleansing Fire – it’s right there in the title. However, unlike most other collections, the stories in Massive Cleansing Fire form the building blocks of a pre- and post-apocalyptic narrative, outlining both the early days and the aftermath and allowing the reader to fill in many of the blanks.

Stylistically, Massive Cleansing Fire reminded me of Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From The Goon Squad, a set of linked stories that overlap in some places, yet often stray into wildly different plot lines and narrative voices. The sense of satisfaction that came from drawing connections between characters and events in Housley’s stories was one of the countless things that kept me, until I had blown through the whole thing…

View original post 467 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s