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Glenn A. Bruce Review of, Adobe Walls

 

Ty Spencer Vossler’s love and understanding of Mexico, its customs, and its people is obvious from page one of Adobe Walls, a taut and diverse collection of short stories celebrating the sad, the sated, and the misunderstood on both sides of the border. From a tortured ghost of a man set on, and afraid of, deadly revenge, to a violative preacher’s haunted memories of aggrieved lust, searching his emptied soul for the perfect sermon while knowing his transgressions will strangle him if he finds it, Vossler captures the trials of a host of underbelly characters struggling through the vicissitudes of lives complicated by more troubles than they are prepared, or able, to face.

The loosely connected stories—callbacks to a tattered pulp novel, a dry riverbed, and a string of costly infidelities—roll easily from the hardscrabble exigencies of the poor, especially those with Mexican heritage, to the easy lives of the rich whose difficulties are of their own making, to a frumpy and pregnant professor on the verge of personal dissolution, trying desperately to understand her life through algebraic equations. Vossler includes enough sneaky humor to raise the corners of one’s mouth every few pages, a smattering of topical references to keep the tales relevant to today, enough politics to be insubordinate, and plenty of matter-of-fact cruelties of common life, all infused with a lingering dark malignity beneath. 

Adobe Walls will challenge the way you view those who dwell on the fringes of sanity to endure the everyday horrors of just getting by without encountering a personal experience with death—a hope that is often not met. There are a lot of dark secrets inside these Adobe Walls, stealthily awaiting the hungry reader.

 

Glenn A. Bruce has been writing for over three decades - two of them spent in Hollywood writing feature films and television, including the hit movie "Kickboxer" and the series "Walker: Texas Ranger" and "Baywatch." A rare native of Miami, FL,, he is also a painter and an award-winning video writer. He is the author of, Riverbend, The Maples, Rubric, The Man, as well as other works available at most booksellers all over the world.

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"Reading a Vossler short story feels like an out of body (and mind) experience. Nothing else exists while you're in his world. On a recent vacation, I was reading this collection on a train outside of Paris and didn't even glance out the window for over an hour. If ever there was an modern, erotic version of Twilight Zone or Night Gallery, this is it. From tales of the Mexican bedroom to a brand of California noir I've never seen anywhere else, this collection will call you back again and again." —
 
Eric Ristau, Cinematographer

"It's unlike anything I've read. It is an emotional roller-coaster ride that is very well written."

 

Guy Galer, Writer cinematographer, and game designer

"Ty Spencer Vossler is a powerful essayist who has written several pieces which have been published by, The Wolfian Press, in several editions of The Wolfian magazine. In his longer essays, he has been able to describe in great detail, hold the reader's attention, and maintain a complicated narrative over the course of several developments. His shorter pieces are exact, and no less powerful.

Ty has written on a range of social commentary, as well as from personal experience, and his essays always receive praise from our readers. As editor of, The Wolfian, I am always pleased to receive something of Ty's, as I know it will be a perfect match for our magazine."

 

Jay Wolf, publisher AHF magazine, Wolfian Press

I"I couldn't put it down the beginning. Loved the fun writing and the erotica too, the sad parts and the anecdotes. "
 

Nadia Romero, research mathematician

"He remains one of the best students I have ever taught, and I continue to be a fan of his writing. He is thoughtful and engaged with his writing on a wonderfully critical level, and demonstrates exceptional talent as both a poet and short story writer. His vital and intelligent commentary in workshops set an example for other students."
 
Kelli Allen, award-winning poet, writer, English professor 

“It is at times funny, sad, straightforward, and disturbing, but at its heart is an essential message about life.”

 

Jacque Ambrose, English professor, world traveler

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