Mind Slices by Kevin R. Tipple
Kevin R. Tipple is a dear friend, or at least as good a friend as one can have online. That said, he’s a good man, a great book reviewer, a terrific writer, and a wonderful fount of writing knowledge. We’ve known each other for years, and have supported each other in various projects over that time. Now Kevin has released a short story collection, Mind Slices.
The collection offers a glimpse into the mind of the man. Having read sadly very little of his fiction before, I was a bit surprised. Kevin’s got a bit of a weird streak, and I like it. His twists are unexpected and fun, as well as edgy. The man is a hell of a writer, I’m in awe.
Much of the collection is previously published elsewhere, but there’s also quite a bit of new flash fiction that is quite good, and that’s not a form I usually like. One of my favorite parts of the book is the individual introductions to each story. I first fell in love with short stories under the pen of Harlan Ellison, and this was one of his practices – and this brought me back.
All that said, I loved Mind Slices, and not just because Kevin’s my friend. Seriously that has nothing to do with it. On the contrary, being a friend means I’d really give it to him if it sucked, but this was really good.