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Taste of the Tenderloin review ✓ 103 ´ ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Taste of the Tenderloin Author Gene ONeill – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Eight stories of dark science fiction and fantasy weave a path through the underbelly of San Francisco's most notorious district in Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O'Neill Best known for his stroEight stories of dark science fiction and fantasy weave a path through the underbelly of San Francisco's most notorious district in Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O'Neill Best known for his strong sense of place and uniu. Read in 2009TOCi Acknowledgmentsii Introduction1 Lost Patrol13 Magic Words27 Tombstones In His Eyes47 Bushido63 Balance79 The Apotheosis of Nathan Mckee101 Bruised Soul119 5150142 Afterword145 Bios

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Ely vibrant characters O'Neill brings the gritty underside of the city to life with eight interwoven stories of broken lives missed dreams and all that can go wrong with both reality and fantasy among the down and out. Despite the flavorful title Gene O' Neill's Taste of Tenderloin doesn't feature eight stories dedicated to culinary tales but instead it's his ode to the San Francisco Tenderloin District bent on making the area a vivid magical place all its ownThe first story “Lost Patrol” is not necessarily a traditional story with a beginning middle and end Instead it's a character profile short but vivid with a delicate stretch of story surrounding it Like an appetizer there's not much here but enough to get a good taste of what's to comeNext comes “Magic Words” an old school urban fantasy tale of dark magic and a mysterious homeless woman who one night taking only a promise for the future as payment gives a man the exact words he needed to move forward in his life Unlike a lot of other stories this one doesn't try to present a “be careful what you ask for” moral Instead it just presents itself as it is adding an element of mysticism to the Tenderloin“Tombstones in His Eyes” tackles the overlapping tales of the junkies on the street using some very interesting symbolism Again O' Neill doesn't so much tell a story as present a character and their tale in the good and bad for the reader's viewing “Bushido” is also lovely the tale of a man who finds salvation in the streets walking alongside doom But the imagery and the climax bear a strong resemblance to the previous tale and so it lessens some of the impact“Balance” follows a vet suffering from a disconnect with reality It's hard to watch Declan's version of getting control over the world around him since he can't seem to control his own brain functions But this story like the other so far is present unflinchingly with little effort to make the reader sympathize with the characters Instead O' Neill just beckons you to come and listenWith “The Apotheosis of Nathan McKee” O'Neill ties the people of the Tenderloin and the stories in this collection together firmly making each minor barely mentioned character the owner of their own story Nathan interchangeable with the attack victim in “Bushido” discovers a beating has left him not only for with a complete lack of desire for the booze he used to drug himself but it's given him a uniue ability Only he's not uite sure what to do with it The first overall positive tale without a bittersweet touch it possesses a delicate aspect of intriguing urban fantasyIn “Bruised Soul” Mickey D an ex boxer abandoned to the streets by time and suffering from damage taken through the length of his career hits the streets after a stint in a mental facility only to discover the good things have gotten that much worse in his absence and the bad things of course never change It's his new neighbor that piues his interest this time around an exotic woman named Jenna who seems to have a peculiar ability Threaded just as finely is an end uestion what is real and what has Micky D imagined without the heavy handedness of other storiesFinally is “5150” the first first person story in the collection Here the lead might not seem like a true member of the Tenderloin but by the sad shattering end of this cop's life you can see every character story so far caught up in this one tale Readers should be warned that these characters seem fleshy and real their tales often dark and hopeless It is easy to get pulled into the hopeless feeling of this collectionTaste of Tenderloin is a tight network of precise details and emotion presented but firmly held back from influencing the reader in each story A delicate balance of realism surrealism and uniue storytelling makes it a compelling read

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Taste of the TenderloinThe city itself opens wide to swallow all comers with the temptation of its secrets and sins while O'Neill Taste of PDF or brings dignity and humanity to a set of characters often overlooked in both society and ficti. Taste of Tenderloin is comprised of eight uniue stories based on life in the underbelly of San Francisco All of the stories are connected as they take place in the same neighborhood and a recurring character pops up throughout to help show this connection The language that O'Neill writes in is rich and vivid showing he is a strong storyteller but there was something about the stories in this particular collection that didn't grab me All of the stories seem to end in doom and gloom and left me saddened after reading them I guess maybe I just needed a happy ending while reading this book and was disappointed over and over again This is definitely not a good book to be reading on an already gloomy dayContains Violence Adult Language Adult SituationsReview also posted at MonsterLibrariancom