Tag Archives: alt.punk

23
May

My interview with Lavinia Ludow, author of “alt.punk”

I’ve said before, one of the reasons I enjoy this blog so much is the opportunity it affords me to meet and interact with authors and artists.  One of the people I’ve had the pleasure to chat with is Lavinia Ludlow, author of “alt.punk”.  (If you haven’t had a chance to read my review of “alt.punk” – you can find it here.)  It’s one of the more engaging interviews I’ve done – Lavinia really made herself emotional accessible in her answers.  We talked about the process of editing the novel and getting it published, some of my criticisms of the book, what the future holds for her, and – of course – the impending zombie apocalypse.  Enjoy!

13
May

Review – “alt.punk” by Lavinia Ludlow

I waited a good while to write this review after I finished “alt.punk”.  I needed time to process it, to tuck it away and let my subconscious work on it for a while.  It was a tough call to make – my inclination is to dive straight in to a review while the experience of reading the book is still fresh in my mind.  I take notes as I read; I jot down ideas for the review and highlight passages I want to revisit; things that resonated with me.  When I first finished “alt.punk”, I crafted the following to sum up my thoughts:

“The story didn’t so much end as it simply bled out, lying in a pool of it’s own vomit on the cheap linoleum bathroom floor of a mobile home.”

I still like the visceral imagery of that critique – but as I contemplated the book more, I realized it would have been a gross disservice to the story to leave that as my final word.  In many ways, I found myself mirroring the comfortable acceptance of first impressions that plagued a few of the characters in the book.  So, I took a step back and gave the tale time to marinate.

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