This Is How You Fall by Keith Dixon

Dixon brings a literary sensibility to the story even as he uses these familiar structures and blends in the noir and heist elements. It is the elegance with which he describes the thoughts and emotions of his characters and the way he maps out the charged relationships. The interplay between Jake, his true love Sally and her dangerous sister Kimber is full of the messy, complex and shifting and potentially dangerous emotions of real life.

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Like Plastic by K

I picked up this interesting piece of fiction on my Kindle at the recommendation of someone on Facebook.

So what is Like Plastic?

Like PlasticA story of manners, of offence taken and honour restored. Meet nightclub owner Alexei Shakirov, bored and warped scion of a Russian billionaire and brother to the beautiful Anna. Alexei has a fetish for collecting an unusual trophy from the women he drugs. After Megumi falls foul of him she calls her cousin Roku in Tokyo to help her. He and his beautiful wife, Yuko, go to London to right the wrong done to Megumi. Roku, a comic book devotee, looks to his hero, Brett Plastic, for inspiration. What would Brett Plastic do? A hero famed for his superhuman niceness, Plastic would show Alexei the error of his ways, through well-reasoned argument and politeness.

But as Roku knows, Plastic moved into darker territory as his comic book series progressed, and when all else fails, sometimes force is needed. As things escalate it is time for the women to step in and sort things out. This updating of Alexander Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock” first appeared as a serial online novella where it developed a large following in Japan as well as in the English-speaking world. The new version published here will appeal to fans of Japanese fiction, Manga, Jim Jarmusch and Wes Anderson, and to anyone with a sense of the absurdity of modern life. Visit www.likeplastic.com to find out more.

It is a quirky little story. A contrast between the calm, cool modernism of Roku and Yuko and the old school brute force and ugliness of Alexei. There is the, ahem, “unique” hook of what kicks off the story and Roku’s quest to return his cousin’s honor. ┬áBut after that it is a sort of arch but self-aware comedy of manners.

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