friends, bars and murder. sounds great
Shelf Awareness
Shelf Awareness Book Brahmin: Samuél L. Barrantes
SLAM Magazine
SLAM contributor Samuel Lopez Barrantes shares an excerpt from his book, Slim And The Beast. Read more at http://www.slamonline.com/books/review-slim-and-the-beast-novel/#sD8Hh6TlfeHipCqw.99
The News & Observer
The dark, heavily philosophical and occasionally violent tale revolves around the friendship of a haunted Iraq War veteran (Slim) and a towering, equally tortured UNC basketball player (The Beast), and the action takes place along familiar Chapel Hill streets and landmarks.
Shannon Nemer, River City Reading
Wild ride unlike anything I've ever read.
Nancy Welch, author of The Road from Prosperity
At first glance, the friendship at the center of Slim and Beast—between a young, troubled veteran and a young, troubled UNC basketball star—might seem unlikely. Yet it is the same cold business, in the shooting galleries of Iraq and the NCAA, that would deny these men their youth and humanity. The brilliance of Barrantes is in revealing, against the backdrop of an oncoming hurricane, how much this friendship shelters these young men from a shared storm.
A milestone in American publishing history. Inkshares and Samuél L. Barrantes offer us a glimpse of what the future of letters may be.
Nic Brown, author of In Every Way
Samuél L. Barrantes has delivered a hugely promising debut novel. Do yourself a favor and read it.
Steven Forrest, author of The Inner Sky
Slim and The Beast carries us deep into the intertwined labyrinths of trust, bonding, and explosive emotion in young men standing on the portal of full maturity. Barrantes summons those demons and spirits and places them three-dimensionally in the still-very-Gothic reality of the contemporary American South. It’s a roller coaster ride straight through to the heart pounding final scene.
CoRy Wyszynski
In just the first paragraph I have fallen in love with Barrantes' description of the sad socialized media world we live in. Chattin' 'bout the good times, when you could have a drink in a bar, phones off. There we go. And the Southern prose? Swell choice