June 22, 2005
Reviewer: Kristi Swadley
In Matchbook, John writes as though his very life depends on
it, and sometimes I'm willing to bet that it does. The opening title
short sets the tone for the rest of the book. And in true Dempsey
form, you are with him in every instance of life, feeling as though
you are eating, breathing and shitting the events that occur.
Dempsey earns points for including selections from his first e-book,
Steps to the Madhouse, and from his online serial novel,
The Progress of Ants. The end short, Ah, Spring, doesn't
make for a good ending only because it doesn't feel like one.
Rather, it reads like the beginning of a whole other slew of shorts,
leaving the reader anticipating more. And that's all one can hope
for from a writer like John . . . More!
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