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  • By Lee Balan
    Jan 13, 2016
    (this review is by Mike Lipsitz) Dear Lee, I've just finished Alien Journal and I think it should be required reading for every evangelical fundamentalist pre-pubescent (probably their folks should read it too)! Honestly, I'm usually so behind in my regular reading I rarely pick up fiction, much less science fiction. The 'Journal,' however, hooked me from the start. First by your vivid wordsmithing and then by the subtle social commentaries on drugs, sex, and obedience to the establishment. Some of it was scarily familiar. Other parts were just ewwwww and made me quite uncomfortable as was likely intended. It's been a long time since I read 1984 but I imagined renaming the Journal Nightmares of 1984 on Meth. Not a serious suggestion but sufficient to describe how reading it made me feel. Probably none of this is very constructive, but I don't think someone with a style as honed as yours needs to hear that sort of critique from me. It was a perfect pre-Halloween read! Sincerely, Mike... More > Lipsitz, Editor Hi-Desert LGBT News< Less
  • By Darling Rouge
    May 2, 2010
    Lee, I spent a couple hours last night reading Alien Journal. I thought it was multi dimensional and has many interpretations, so I'll cover what I can.(sorry if I seem to jump around a bit) Let me first say I'm glad that works of a true scribe do still exist; the book actually seems consistent with the present time (some of it still underground, about to be exposed within a matter of time.) as today we are very much a melting pot of centuries past; the only well known revolution is that of on-going technology- which is quite frightening to say in the least - and an end to self restraint for any desires; for – as with most things – humans begin to use things first as an aide to everyday life, but soon become overly dependent to a dangerous extreme. This leads to the displays of alternation between repression and overindulging, as one tends to lead to the other. As for the length, I felt the page count was just long enough to convey the message with necessary embellishments and wasn't... More > over stuffed with those dreaded 'filler pages'- which is appreciated. I'd say any page count between 123-200 is about right for the average attention span. I also liked your use of mindscapes rather than descriptions of obvious surroundings. The writing seemed to ghostly allude or hint to brilliant writers of the past- Burgess-like slang (namely schmeckers), Burroughs vignettes, and hyper obtrusive descriptions once mastered by Poe- yet you still retain a very unique and distinctive voice of your own. The references all intertwined well, (made me ponder the underlying schemes and agenda of the past phenomenons that were once perceived as seemingly innocent) it is woeful that music & entertainment once freely expressed prophecies in the mainstream, while present day entertainers seem to spawn from conveyor belts only to wash up and shrivel within 5 years time. The time lapses added a greater depth of enjoyment as the reader is able to piece it together without being spoon fed as would typically happen with more linear writing styles. Anyway, I'll try to speed up here; the last few sections indeed made me want to flee from the madness of over-active libidos, adding to the despair felt for the David. It was at some times eerie because much of the context mirrored thoughts and theories in stories of my own, (not the main story line, rather underlying messages and details)perhaps that is due simply to eclectic minds. Nonetheless it made the story more relatable, riveting, and quite honestly a sigh of relief. Overall, it was superb. I'm sorry to ramble- good luck with Alien Journal and any work to come- I'm sure I'll purchase a tangible copy within the near future. Darling Rouge< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Lee Balan
December 9, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.61 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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