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December 26, 2017

Review: Mr. Either/Or by Aaron Poochigian

by MK French

An ancient legend from China foretells of the end of the world, and it's up to an FBI agent to track down the artifact and get it to his handlers. He goes up against warring gangs looking for it, and even defusing the artifact's danger doesn't end his mission. The very fate of the world is at stake.
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Mr. Either/Or
October 2017; Etruscan Press; 9780997745528
print (192 pages); magical realism, suspense
This particular book is more of a suspenseful thriller, and also dips into paranormal and science fiction genres. Our narrator in this verse tale goes unnamed through most of the text, which also veers into second person at times. I am too far removed from English literature classes to readily recognize the name of the rhyme schemes, but it flows easily and shifts around along with the pace of the story. Some of the word choices do seem a bit odd at times to fit the meter, but Mr. Poochigian gets bonus points for using "blatherskite" in conversation.

The type of verse changes as the tempo of the story does, so that the action sequences look less like classic verses. It makes a visual sort of sense, because the line breaks look choppy, adding to the sense of speed in the action it describes. Verse might not be the first thing that comes to mind for cinematics, but the visual definitely helps add to it.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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