“The Face of Any Other” reviewed by That Lit Site


Gabino Iglesias reviewed The Face of Any Other for That Lit Site and man, there are some really flattering and humbling words contained within that review. Here’s a sample:

The Face of Any Other is about love and being, but it’s also about frustration, obsession, truth, and the nature of desire. Michael J. Seidlinger is one of the bravest and most original voices in contemporary fiction, and this is yet another example of how he is willing to explore new ways of telling stories.

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The Fun We’ve Had reviewed by Full Stop

The Fun We’ve Had received a glowing review from Gabino Iglesias over at Full Stop. Here’s a snippet from the review:

The Fun We’ve Had is a smart novel that inhabits the interstitial spaces between reality and fantasy, life and death, love and hate. It also dares to explore that strange nonspace that lies between death and oblivion. This book, to be fully enjoyed, demands a curious reciprocity between reader and text because the reader becomes the couple and the prose morphs into a direct conversation, punctuated time and again by a question that interrogates on more than one level: “Are we having fun?” And the answer to that is a resounding “Yes.”


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The Laughter of Strangers reviewed by Bookslut

Gabino Iglesias reviewed The Laughter of Strangers for one of the longest-running online magazines, the well-known and well-regarded Bookslut. It’s taken me quite a long time to post this on the blog because any and all attempts to “quote” a selection from the review has resulted in quoting the entire review. Damn, this is fucking difficult. Okay, random snippet from the review is as follows:


An unexpected element of The Laughter of Strangers that merits being mentioned is the way Seidlinger uses the page. Instead of filling the page, the narrative here seems deliberately placed. As a result, blank space takes on a multiplicity of meanings and single sentences seem to be under a spotlight.

The Laughter of Strangers is a brave attempt at decoding identity by looking at it through a media microscope that’s stained with insanity. Seidlinger has made a name for himself by writing odd narratives with a smart edge, and this fast-paced and paranoid tale of a shattered psyche in a decaying body is his best outing yet.

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Show Me Your Shelves: Michael J. Seidlinger

I’m obsessed.

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I’ve been lucky enough to meet outstanding people who are as obssesed with books as I am. Author/editor/Publisher/designer/madman Michael J Seidlinger is one of them. Seidlinger lives for books and talking literature with him is a pleasure, just like reading his work. I’ve sent him books and he’s sent me books, but I’d never seen his stacks. Here they are, along with some great answers.

Who are you and what role do books play in your life?

My name is Michael J Seidlinger and I have a problem with books. To be more specific, books have consumed my life. Life revolves around the sentence and making sure it leads me to the best narratives, the best ideas, and the best brand of liquor. I don’t know how to live without books flanking me from all sides. To be even more specific, I’m a writer (The Laughter of Strangers, My Pet Serial Killer

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