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By Walter Giersbach
Sep 24, 2013
Life is often chronicled in dimply lit bars, boîtes, and watering holes, so this is a natural place to head to find entertainment, solace, and truth. "Barcode" seems to have gotten it right, but then, I'm biased because it carries my story--loosely based on truth--"Sammy the Madman's Near Death Experience." Sammy's gone, but the stories in this anthology are memorable, lasting, and the stuff of dreams. You'll enjoy the book, but read it before they turn the lights down in the bar you're in.
Pure Slush's anthology, barcode, is a collection of 32 stories all about bars and the individuals who frequent them. As you make your way through each of the stories, you will find yourself drawn into a different world with each turn of the page. You will meet those who are searching for love and acceptance, and those who have long ago bitterly renounced both. You will bear witness to the hopes and dreams of some who still believe wishes can come true, as well as some to whom Life has dealt the cruelest hand. You will be privy to thoughts and emotions that should never have been shared, as well as joy and fulfillment desired yet never realized. barcode is a collection in the truest sense of the word. It is an assemblage of places, of sentiments, of memories, of lives. The characters in each story are as different from each other as night to day, yet they all seek---something. Relief from loneliness, to create new memories, somewhere to discard painful old ones, affirmation of their... More > very existence, or perhaps something as basic as a friend... These are stories you can enjoy over and over again. Take your time with each though; sip them slowly as you would a fine wine.< Less
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