So not long ago I bought some books from Mr. J. Bradley.
Out of the tasty parcel of pretty little books I picked ‘Bodies Made of Smoke‘ to read first.
Go here to see where you can buy it.
First because I’m a nerd about these things let me talk about how pretty this little book actually is.
Terrible picture but look at it. That lovely starry design wraps around the whole book and it has a matte finish and I find it all terribly aesthetically appealing
Yes, I am kind of a fool for a beautiful design and this one just tickles me.
Now on to the content.
If you are a lover of linear stories that will make perfect sense immediately, this is probably not going to be your jam.
This novella is dreamy, strange and beautiful. The way J. Bradley uses language and the formatting of the language slows down the eye so the reader can linger over the prose. I love that. Slow me down, I read very fast (with an excellent retention rate..yes I am bragging) and when I feel my eye drag on really beautiful prose I am very pleased.
Look at this here.
Look at that typography.
Also can we talk about the top paragraph?
Mr. Bradley does this thing with this simple clean style that is still, the whole thing is just done beautifully.
So in my entirely not professional opinion this is a very beautifully done novella. From the time you have it in your hot little hand until you read it it will all be fucking great.
I actually read it twice because because I loved it. Also if you haven’t read more of Mr. Bradley’s work this will make you want to read it. I have some more of his work chapbooks and stuff I will be reading/savoring them and talking about them later on.
So go buy this book. Read it. Feel dreamy and I have to mention that some of it (I am trying not to be spoilery) hit this special delighted nerd part of my soul in a way that speaks to me on a deep level and gives me abject joy.
This is a beautiful thing. This is what I’m greedy for. I love it.
Thank you J. Bradley for bringing me some joy. I dig it.