Over at the JMWW blog, Patrick Trotti had some really wonderful things to say about Normally Special.
Normally it takes something special to get me excited when it comes to new literature. xTx’s debut collection,Normally Special, is one of those rare pieces of work. Almost all of the twenty-one collected stories have never been published before. The collection, released by the new outfit Tiny Hardcore Press (headed by HTML Giant contributor and PANK co-editor Roxane Gay), is a kick to the groin and a fist to the gut all in one. This 96-page book packs quite a punch and offers the reader a glimpse inside the genius of one of the truly talented writers out today.
The only problem is that I don’t know the author’s real name. If I did I’d write to him/her and congratulate them for restoring my faith in modern literature as well as for inspiring me to become a better writer myself. This is one of those works that not only excites every nerdy bone in your body, because its wordplay and placement of phrases are top notch, but it actually makes you jealous that you weren’t able to produce something of this caliber.