A little over a year ago, I was reading sushi and eating a graphic novel online — because, why not book dinner…? I loved it! So, for Christmas 2016, the itch to read it again got the better of me, so I asked my librarian for it and got to read it twice! I’ve immensely enjoyed getting to know the writing of the author of that ‘sushi dinner’… we all have our ‘go-to comforts’. Things we do when we’re emotional or just need a moment away from reality; Josh Wagner’s books have been one of those comforts for me, and this new year was no different.
A mere six days into the new year, our beloved cat, Twitter passed away suddenly. I spent the next few days playing in the snowflakes he’d have chattered at and reading Fiction Clemens with Gingy. We soon learned of a talkative cat with “odd” eyes in need of a home ASAP. So I named my new cat Fiction because I can’t imagine anything that would better suit the little guy.
Fiction Clemens [the book, not the kitty] is a delightful brand of bizarre fantasy… and okay, the cat’s a little kooky, too. I particularly enjoyed the aesthetic of all the colors on each page, as did Fiction and our dog, Gingy. One of Wagner’s most unique talents is that his tales seem to invite the reader to make their own decision as to what the story is about. In the case of Fiction Clemens,
I found studies of time and human relationships, as well as several questions: what holds the fabric of our reality together? Is it a deity, perhaps made man — or an empire of toothpicks? Or maybe they were cacti? Is there truly an end to a story — or is there a universe beyond to which only a few select characters may go to build a new life? One could ask all of these questions and more. But I think the best one I came up with was, “do cacti make good pets?
Josh Wagner has cemented himself as one of my favorite authors — it only took most of his books [okay, only a chapter or two] to fully convince me. His stories may be unorthodox, but they bring one to consider and question the world surrounding us in broader terms.
Completely selfish plug: I’d like to see more from Josh Wagner, so, if you love to read, and are a nice sort of person who doesn’t mind taking a brief moment to rate a book on social media [or even if you’re not into rating books], check out the FREE online version of Fiction Clemens here [or via your local library]. And, if you’d like to be a part of the makings of another book, you might consider supporting the author via his Patreon page. You may also support him by purchasing or reviewing his work on Amazon.