world-takes-front-medHTMLGIANT’s pr reviews World Takes by Timmy Waldron (May 2009, Word Riot Press):

“Here is a collection perfectly shaped, with a strong, punch of a first story, “Amanda”, that perfectly sets the dark, funny tone for the book. …

“Throughout the collection, Waldron’s characters exhibit a simmering wrongness and inevitable falling apart. Whereas Cormac McCarthy’s work always portrays an aspect of chaos theory, Waldron’s stories better exemplify the theory of entropy. …

“World Takes represents how independent presses can do more than publish books that are too experimental (although many of these stories are formally interesting, for sure) for the major publishers, but also can publish books that make you think, “why doesn’t this guy have a major publisher?” (Elizabeth Ellen does that to me.) And the answer to that would be that they can’t publish every good thing out there, can they? That all presses are run by humans, and many a press will pass up, wrongly, a very good book. I have no idea whether or not Waldron tried to get a major publisher in the first place, but that is’t totally my point. What I mean to emphasize here is how Indie Presses can be of a different benefit to the readers of the world: they can publish the surplus of excellent manuscripts, that for whatever non-reason, are not getting published by Random House.”