[The Indie Read Speakeasy] – Review No. 1 – “The Longest Weekend” by Craig Anthony Atkinson

Indie or mainstream, here you’ll find our book thoughts. We don’t harp on negatives, but instead we speak to what we love and we always speakeasy.

Craig and I met on Instagram awhile back and he’s quite the writer, reader, and dreamer to say the least.

His Insta handle is fiveoclockzine, in which he video reviews and blogs about various zines and chapbooks (some of my favorite forms of literature).

The Longest Weekend was originally a chapbook published by Iron Lung Press, and then re-released on Amazon for Kindle download.

It’s a tremendous little tale that’s full of heart, grit, streetlight observations and occurrences, and to be honest, it reminded me so much of Haruki Murakami’s style of writing.

The mysterious, dank factor wasn’t present like in Murakami’s vast collection, but Craig uses a whimsically descriptive style with his words that made me feel a resurgence of this timeless word lyricism being brought back to the surface.

You can tell that he writes what he knows and while this is a work of fiction, there’s a realness present that almost makes the reader feel like it’s coming from a non-fictional place.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy read, something that’ll stick with you and linger for some time to come, be sure to check out the link that I provided above and also check out Craig’s page on Instagram.


(Image 1 found on Google; screenshot from the Kindle edition of The Longest Weekend)


Searching for new reads?

Can’t find that next book to steal away your attention? Be sure to check out my published wares on Amazon. New poetry collection and comedic long-form novel coming soon!

Also, be sure to find me on Instagram @ blankpagesofmine and say hello!

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