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10/25/17 Pleased to announce that "Good Days, Bad Days" is now

on the Best Seller list at

Maria's Bookshop in Durango.

KDUR radio interview 10.9.17 about Good Days, Bad Days.....

Here is a link to the KDUR radio inteview (10/9/17)  Four Corners Artr Forum about my book; in its entirety.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/f5acznsgaaekd8d/KDUR%20interview%2010.9.17.mp3?dl=0

Durango Telegraph review 8/17/17

Durango Telegraph review making referrence and comaparison to Garrison Keillor! here's the link:

https://www.durangotelegraph.com/second-section/features/mama-said-thered-be-days-like-this/

for additionakl reviews, scroll down.

Durango Herald article and author Q&A from 8/25/2017

https://durangoherald.com/articles/180283-stew-mosberg-releases-book-of-short-stories

Kirkus review (7.13.17)

Mosberg's collection offers a series of mostly tragic stories, set at different points in history.  David, the journalist protagonist of the opening tale, "A Bad Idea," wants to write a story on the sex trade in Thailand. But a sudden trip to another country could wreck his already strained relationship with his girlfriend, Bridget. The people in Mosberg's tales often confront weighty, impending changes, such as a professional boxer facing the possible end of his career ("Carmine's Fight"). Other times, they must learn to cope with distress: a man's beloved wife battles cancer in "Douglas and Louise," while Geoff Coleman in "Traveling Companion" decides on his next course of action after a doctor diagnoses him with an inoperable brain tumor. Mosberg's concise prose fosters lucid imagery, such as a young man sitting at the bedside of his dying father, who's "smoothing his son's hair, which had been dutifully cut a few inches shorter only minutes before" ("Siblings"). But the author truly excels at creating distinctive characters and settings: in one tale, a cop's simple excursion to the supermarket in "The Organist" takes a devastating turn, and real-world historical events, including the Vietnam War, play crucial roles in others. Even occasional sci-fi or supernatural elements are made relatable and familiar; for instance, in "Copies," set in the mid-22nd century, a man endures a monotonous conversation with a sales rep, just so he can order new technology. Also among the 31 yarns is a police procedural ("Hidden") and a tale of an archaeological dig ("Transparent") with uncanny, if predictable, results. In a collection filled with strong emotion, the standout tale is the rather lighthearted "The Plan," in which hapless Harlan, who can't hold a job, concocts a scheme involving a rich widow that isn't likely to go the way that he hopes

          Often engrossing tales of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.  ―Kirkus Reviews

 

Author Paul Pines reviews GDBD

Good Days, Bad Days - This remarkable collection of short stories by Stew Mosberg is a demonstration of what William Blake referred to as Eternity's love affair with the productions of Time. We move from Elizabethan England into a Shakespearean tapestry rich in color and event in a non-linear arrangement that suggests the entangled meaning of the quantum universe emerge as affinities. The fate of a young prisoner of war being groomed for the Roman Gladiatorial arena in 84 BC, resonates later in the text when we meet a former Middelweight champion boxer washed up at a Bronx restaurant parking cars, both tales told with O'Henry's irony and Damon Runyon's feel for character. A long journey toward reconciliation of a Japanese immigrant family in California reached the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor is described with the delicacy of Ozu's film "The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice."  Other permutations of love, loss and longing are evoked in the transformation of a seventy year old man following the loss of his wife of fifty-two years, and in the confrontation of middle aged lovers who meet on-line, and again by a glimpse into the future of human feeling vested in a clone waiting for the delivery of his mail-order other on the lonely planet Cephus in the Andromeda Galaxy. The author renders these with a touch reminiscent of Raymond Carver. In a trope worthy of Issac Asimov, "Resurrection" offer the possibility of the genomic resurrection of Jesus Christ which brings Armageddon into focus as the past and future in cosmic collision with the present. Long before we reach the end of this collection, it becomes evident that we are touring with an experienced time-traveler through a mosaic of moments in the multi-verse. The super-position of our guide is mirrored in story "Life Forms" by an Astro Physicist who discloses to a reporter, under the banner of secrecy, a communication from other intelligent life in the universe. The message the reporter reads  is a showstopper that verges on the mystery of consciousness itself. Good Days, Bad Days is Mosberg's vision of a pageant that doesn't fade, as powerful in its sweep of the whole, as for  faithfulness to the details that bring each story to life. Highly recommended.

                                      Paul Pines, author of The Tin Angel, and My Brother's Madness.

 

Glimmer Train Press noted "Mr. Abaddon" and "Forever", two of the stories in Good Days, Bad Days, as "... a good read."

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