“Everything has been said, but not everything has been said superbly, and even if it had been, everything must be said freshly over and over again.” Paul Horgan
The times they are a-changing, especially in the realm of self-publishing. Acres of verbiage have been expended on the pros and cons of authors doing it for themselves. We will have to content ourselves here with saying, ‘Not all tomes produced in this fashion are valueless.’ Here’s one worthy candidate: Cherubimbo (Xlibris, trade paper, $19.99, 190 pages, ISBN 978-1-4628-4731-0) by Gabriel S. de Anda. With prior publication credits in several respectable zines, these stories come pre-vetted by an editorial acumen that is so often absent in other DIY productions. A practicing lawyer, de Anda infuses a couple of pieces with stefnal legal expertise, in the vein of Charles Harness. Time travel offers him lots of room for playful speculation, particularly in the emotionally resonant “1969”. And some colorful posthumanism informs “My Year To Be A Horse.” De Anda’s touch is solid yet light-hearted, a winning one-two punch.
Paul Di Filippo 2013
Here are a two more books by Gabriel S. de Anda.