Neil Schiller

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It’s weird how we meet other writers. I “met” Neil Schiller after discovering a review on one of my Kindle books. It turns out he’d been stalking his way through Year Zero after someone put him onto Larry Harrison’s stunning Glimpses of a Floating World. I soon got to know him in the forums over at Kindle, especially a particularly good thread he started about Bukowski.

If starting threads on Amazon isn’t enough to get you rushing to his books, then have  a read of this, the short story Sorry  (which features in his collection, Oblivious). Then take some time to look around the rest of his blog.

Oblivious is a fantastic set of shorts that are way more than just wannabe Bukowski. Intimate, touching, simple, yet complex. Everything short stories should be. And just 70p.

Also 70p is Haiku Diary. Which is just that. And exquisite.

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3 Responses to Neil Schiller

  1. Yeah, I seem to have been stalking Neil around the Amazon forums too. Both his books are worth a purchase; Oblivious is great isn’t it?

    • danholloway says:

      It’s marvellous. I love Bukowski, but there’s something that makes me nervous about writers who love Bukowski, because there’s that thing that writers these days emulate his style with diminishing returns (I’m wading through Tao Lin’s much vaunted and dire BED) , but I shouldn’t have worried. What I LOVE about Oblivious is its depth, a lot of which comes from its lack of pretension. It’s so *not* wannabe Bukowski. Neil has learned. And moved on.

  2. Yeah, I had the same feeling when I saw some promo thread he’d done it when he compared the stories to Raymond Carver. If you make that kind of comparison you’d better be good, else you’re going to come out of it looking like a fool. Now, I love Carver, but (like Bukowski) he’s had his fair share of shallow imitators, who have only learnt the superficial lessons of a minimalist, sparse style from him, without any of the deeper understanding of how Carver makes it *work*.

    But Oblivious came out of the comparison really well. Which is a real achievement.

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