Currently Reading: Carniepunk

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Carniepunk is an anthology of short stories. Steampunk mixed with a bit of horror, urban fantasy and parnormal.

I’m not sure what I think of it yet (read through two of the stories), but the writing is mesmerizing so far. Both authors know to make you addicted to their writings. It’s not so much the plot (the plotlines are nothing amazing…dare I call them cliche?). But the words drown you — they’re bewitching and feral and full of tangled emotions. I’ve highlighted so much already.

I’ve never reviewed an anthology before, so I’m not quite sure how I’ll be formatting the review. Maybe rating each story separately, with a couple of thoughts on each? I can’t really judge the whole thing as one, since there are so many different authors.

Carniepunk might be something amazing. I’m not sure yet, but I’m gonna slow down my reading for Carniepunk. The words are so wonderful.

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Book Review: Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor and Lisa Rojany Buccieri (3.5/5)

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Surviving the Angel of Death is the story of a Holocaust survivor, Eva Mozes Kor. At age 10, Eva and her twin sister Miriam become a set of Dr. Mengele’s experimental “twins.” In the hopes of making an important scientific discovery, Dr. Mengele performs horrifying experiments on twins, dwarfs, gypsies and the handicapped. Upon arrival at the concentration camp Auschwitz, the Nazis separate 10-year-old twins Eva and Miriam from the rest of their family. Weakened with unsanitary conditions, humiliation, abuse, famine, and the unspeakable atrocities of Dr. Mengele’s experiments, Eva and Miriam swear to survive.

 When Dr. Mengele injects the sets of twins with different viruses and diseases, Eva falls sick. At the weakest point in her life, she is left to die in the infamous “Infirmary.” Denied medicine, care and water, Eva relies on her inner courage and love for her sister, Miriam.

 As a story and memoir, Surviving the Angel of Death is heartrending, tragic and full of hope.  While it’s written for the YA audience, I believe the writing style and voice might be more appropriate for children. The book isn’t exactly written as a “novel” with scenes…I do wish it was written differently. The book consists of mostly “telling” rather than “showing” – more remembrances than detailed “scenes”. But that doesn’t make it less touching. Told from the viewpoint of a once-feisty 10-year-old, Surviving the Angel of Death stirs our hearts and souls. We can only hope that Eva’s personality and determination survives the horrors she and Miriam endure.  

 I commend Eva Mozes Kor for having the courage to tell her story, to revisit the memories inflicted upon her 10-year-old self, and finally, to forgive. The Holocaust is a terribly inhumane chapter in the history of humanity – but it will always a part of our collective history. Something that should never be forgotten. And Surviving the Holocaust cements this chapter of history in the voice of a 10-year-old survivor.