NEW BOOK RELEASE | Flashes of Vice: Vol III by Vincent de Paul

Flashes of vice front coverWe are pleased to announce a new book release by the bestselling flash fiction Kenyan writer and poet, Vincent de Paul.

Vincent de Paul has taken the flash fiction genre to a whole new level, with now three books of flash fiction stories in the market entertaining his readers.

About The Book

Title: Flashes of Vice: Vol III
Subtitle: A Collection of Flash Fiction Stories
Language: English
Publisher: Mystery Publishers LTD
Format: PDF
Genre: Flash Fiction
ISBN: 978-9966-100-06-1
Date of Publication: 14 February 2017
Price: $0.99 at Mystery Bookstore and Smashwords

Description: Flashes of Vice: Vol III is a collection of flash fiction stories on terrorism, the distant near future, conspiracies, why aliens have beef with humans, and the scars of war.

The stories begin and end without warning: like ‘Allah’s Open Letter to Terrorists’, or the story of the virgin girl who vowed never ever to have sex with terrorists in heaven. Or the serial killer military widow who kills her dead husband’s friends for revenge. Or the untold story of Jesus’s resurrection in ‘How Did the Dead Escape?’

The stories take you into the future, a flash of alien invasion into the world, and the all-time-juicy conspiracies to make the world a better place.

BOOK REVIEW | Knots and Nine by Mark Ayieko Wandera

markBook: Knots and Nine – Thoughts and Poems
Author: Mark Ayieko Wandera
Format: PDF
ISBN: None
Publisher: Self-Published
Reviewer: Vincent de Paul

Mark Ayieko Wandera is a young promising Kenyan poet with a magical way with words. This collection of poems, which he has self-published for reasons I don’t want to speculate, speaks volumes of what he wants to tell the world. Though it sometimes comes off as musings of a heart hurt and broken by love, the writer has addressed quite a number of themes: love, healing, relationships, hope, peace, war, parenthood, and much more.

Mark has broken several poetry rules, but yet which avant-garde poet doesn’t? He has not laboured the reader with intricate traditional styles that follow a specific template. The language is simple and straightforward, the kind of poems you read like lyrics (of your favourite song).

In the poem ‘Love Builds Father’ absentee fatherhood is shown how it affects children, and how couples grow apart and what happens to them is shown in ‘Growing [too] Apart’, something many of us can relate to. I have several favourites there, to select one would be injustice to the others. The good thing is, they are relatable, address issues affecting the society today in a simple yet powerful manner.

Apart from the good of it all, there are weaknesses that the writer should check on: use of sheng. Seriously, that is a total put off, and it is the first poem that greets you – ‘Recovery’. Were it not for giving him the benefit of the doubt I would have stopped right there and trashed the book. Such language is cheap for any poet, avant-garde or not, to be taken seriously by a large audience who find pleasure in literature.

Also, the self-published tag screams right from the first page, interior design, copyrighting, and all. Understandably so, self-publishing is revolutionizing publishing, but when one goes that route risks being vanity writer if they don’t employ professional services or don’t have a professional look in their works.

That said, the book is good, connecting. I would give it three stars.

BOOK REVIEW ~ Flashes of Vice: Vol I by Vincent de Paul

flashes of vice 3d (2)Reviewer: Tabitha Makumi
Book: Flashes of Vice: Vol I
Author: Vincent de Paul
Genre: Flash Fiction
PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers (K) LTD
LANGUAGE: English

Thing is, it so happens that after reading one too many crime thrillers, they all start to look the same. A serial killer in a Jeffrey Archer novel is as twisted as one on a Lee Child’s thriller. Just as a pissed off detective in a Greg Iles novel has the same temperament as one on Kathy Reich’s Bone collection series. What am I getting at? Every now and then I am looking for something new… something fresh… something with a different kind of oomph.

Found “it” in Flashes f Vice which is a collection of short stories written by Kenyan author, Vincent De Paul. (Can I get a whoop whoop for our Kenyan writers!) If you are looking for “have been told African literature” or “I think I have read that before” kind of stories, then Flashes of Vice won’t do it for you. Vincent De Paul (Don’t you want to know if that is his national ID name though? Or just a fancy pseudonym?) Point is, he writes as well as I can down a cheap bottle of dry red wine on a Friday night.

His short stories won’t bore you to death. Short, entertaining and adopting that straight forward Humans of New York style of writing. Whether he is writing about hookers, terrorism, or love rigmaroles, he will make you appreciate raw and well written African literature. Plus, you will have more cred for knowing and having read more than two notable African writers. C’mon, who do you currently know of? Chimamanda? Ngugi? Wainaina? Well, add Vincent on that list.

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