“The Laughter of Strangers” reviewed by Benoit Lelievre for Dead End Follies

Benoit Lelievre with an astonishingly honest review of The Laughter of Strangers.

THE LAUGHTER OF STRANGERS, by Michael J. Seidlinger takes an honest swing at the boxing novel, yet it’s a boxing novel that’s not about boxing. That’s why I think it is quite successful at what it’s trying to do.

Click here for the full review.

“The Fun We’ve Had” reviewed by American Book Review

Now here’s a fun one, The Fun We’ve Had was reviewed by Lavinia Ludlow for the American Book Review. Here’s a snippet from the review:

The Fun We’ve Had is a philosophic commentary of a couple’s rise and fall, including all the fights, challenges, and conversations that happen in between. Michael Seidlinger took the ubiquitous dysfunctional relationship, its miserable realities and foreseeable demise, and presented it all in an unusual fashion: through the metaphor of being lost at sea in a coffin. His dream-like narration reads like a novel-length poem and tells a morbid tale of a couple’s heartbreaking downfall as they learn and unlearn how to love.

Click here for the full review.

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

thatlitsite

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.

Click here for the full review.

“The Face of Any Other” listed as one of Verbicide’s top books of 2014

When you have the face of any other, you’re thrilled to see that others acknowledge your existence despite being invisible. Verbicide lists your book as one of the best of 2014 and you wonder about the author, Gabino Iglesias, the one that saw you on the street corner when most didn’t. This is what he had to say about you:

Seidlinger is that guy exploring the possibilities offered by experimental fiction and actually producing books worth reading out of that adventure. With font size, a voice that invades others, and using blank space in a way that communicates something, this novel was the most interesting look at identity anyone could have read this year.

 

When you have the face of any other, you offer up the link, hoping that others will check out every book on the list.

“The Face of Any Other” featured by Jeff Vandermeer on his Southern Reach blog

Not only is he one of the best writers working today, Jeff Vandermeer is also one hell of a literary citizen. He goes out of his way to be involved in all aspects of the literary industry, be it the small press world or the majors. Imagine how I felt then when he gave me the opportunity to guest post about my latest book, The Face of Any Other, you can imagine I was more than a little excited.

 

Michael J. Seidlinger is the author of a number of novels, including The Laughter of Strangers, The Fun We’ve Had and The Face of Any Other. He serves as Electric Literature’s Book Reviews Editor as well as Publisher-in-Chief of Civil Coping Mechanisms, an indie press specializing in unclassifiable/innovative fiction and poetry. He can be found on Facebook, Twitter (@mjseidlinger), and at michaeljseidlinger.com. Flavorwire recently called this unique writer “a kind of 21st century David Markson. He’s prolific and talented and we should all read together to try to figure him out.” I’ve long liked Electric Lit, Civil Coping Mechanisms, and the press that published his The Face of Any Other—Lazy Fascist Press (highly recommended in general). So I thought I’d ask Seidinger here to talk about his book…or, in this case, excerpt it. – JV

 

Talk about kind words. Definitely gives me fuel to burn on those dreaded Monday mornings.

TheFaceofAnyOther
Click here for the post/excerpt

“The Fun We’ve Had” featured on Dennis Cooper’s Best of 2014 list

What a list–comprehensive, well-representative of indie/small press, and full of titles that elegantly cross the line of what we call “contemporary.” I’m excited to see that Cooper included “The Fun We’ve Had” on the list. There is no better honor than being recognized by one of the best literary citizens of all time. \m/ Dennis Cooper \m/.

 

coffin-with-sea

 

Click here to view the list.

“The Fun We’ve Had” featured in Book Riot’s Great Big Guide to Indie 2014

Now this was a surprise. Alongside a number of excellent indie/small press titles, The Fun We’ve Had was listed by Liberty Hardy in her Great Big Guide to Indie 2014. Got to say, Liberty did her homework. Though you’ll think I’m biased because I’m included in the list, I really do think that this is one of the more fleshed out and representative year-end lists of 2014 (so far).

coffin-with-sea

Click here to check out the full list.

Exclusive Excerpt from “The Face of Any Other” at The Quietus

The Quietus published what is essentially the first glimpse of “The Face of Any Other.” Prior to this excerpt, the book’s reach was limited to a few faithful readers and Cameron Pierce, the editor/owner of Lazy Fascist Press. But now, you can all have a look, if you feel inclined.

TheFaceofAnyOthernotitle2

Click here to read.

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.”

photo

Click here for the full review.