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Here are some zine reviews I plan to have in my next zine. I may still edit them or change them around a bit, and I still have more zines to review, so let me know what you think of these so far! Need more, less? do they make you want to order the zines, yes or no or what?

Fed Up Mag #11/Free
Alan Peruse
Another Fed up, whiny zine from the angry Irishman. Alan always says he is fed up, but he keeps on complaining. In this issue, articles on “The way things have gone”, “Decluttering”, “How the internet should have been” and some commentaries on recent computer generated films. My personal favorite was the “Decluttering” article. I have a lot of these same baffling problems with endless clutter. He always makes some good points, is a self-claimed “thinking man”, his zine is a good read. Let's all rant about something!

Popular Reality Special Report Scandal Sheet /$3
Susan Poe
P.O. Box 66426
Albany, NY, 12206
I ordered this zine after Christopher Robin gave it such great reviews in Zen Baby. Honestly I don't really know how to rate it. I wanted to like it. I think a lot of it I didn't get? Maybe it was just over my head, inside jokes that I didn't catch. I guess the story of the little ass was kinda humourous. What made it worth the $3 to me was the last article, about how Aspartame is Poison!!! I always knew there was something fishy about all that fake sugar they put in everything! Don't drink diet sodas! If you want to lose weight, drink WATER!!

Dreams and Visions #8 A Dionysian Quarterly Spring '09
Donations and subscriptions send to: Dan Todd P.O. Box 2626, Tucson, Az, 85702
Letters send to Thomas Marc Hoy #99733-012, FCC Tucson, PO Box 23811, Tucson, AZ, 85734
Marc puts together an awesome zine. He is a very knowledgeable guy and makes good use of his time in prison. Lots of great philosophical stories. A good article about “rewilding”or returning to the wilderness,an article on how loud noises (such as bulldozers) affect the rainforest, a glimpse into 3rd world hospitals, and more! A very interesting read. Unfortunately, this may be his last issue, although I encourage him to continue writing zines in some format.

Shoots and Vines Issue 1/Free?
Crystal Folz
Crystal has collected great poems, free verse, and art from online and put them together in this nice little zine, bound together with a sewing machine. There is much more at the website, lots of great writing, and many different types of art. I highly suggest checking it out.

Candy Box: an adventure in sweets from the UK/ 75 cents
Chantel G./chantelcherie@yahoo.com
P.O. Box 1483
Lawrence, KS 66044
Chantels friend from the UK sent her a box full of UK candies. Chantel then decides to document her candy eating adventure. She rates each kind of candy and desribes its taste, texure, and appearance. A nice added touch is the candy wrappers throughout the pages. It is a very cute little zine, and made me want to eat some chocolate!

The Juniper #11/Winter 2008/2009
Free or stamp by mail
Dan Murphy
“A smaller slower simpler life” Dan's got a great mindset on how to live life the right way!
He gives lots of pointers for gardening, and composting. I always compost, but I kinda just throw everything in a big pile...with Dan, its an art. Also a few neat recipes, a some green articles.

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Comment by Madrea Marie on July 1, 2009 at 9:11am
Thanks Chantel...that's one of the reasons I posted it up here, it's hard for me to catch my own mistakes, because I know what its supposed to say, therefor I read it like it's supposed to, and don't catch the mistakes...now to search back thru and find them!
Comment by Amazing Sunflower on June 30, 2009 at 8:29am
I didn't notice until I posted your review to my blog and my computer spell checked...there seem to be letters missing from the words "texture" and "describe." Just wanted to let you know in the event you are a stickler for details.
Comment by Madrea Marie on June 30, 2009 at 7:41am
Yeah feel free to use it. I plan to review your other zines as well. I like to keep reviews short as well, esp since I don't want them to take over my zine! I just want the reviews to be a small section. Contact info is very important too, that's the whole point of a review (to me) is reaching other potential readers.
Comment by Amazing Sunflower on June 29, 2009 at 8:18am
I think your reviews are good, about the length of Zine World reviews. I think short reviews work well for most zines. I always try to give the reader an idea of what a zine is about, even if I didn't enjoy reading it very much. (Just because I didn't enjoy reading something doesn't mean other people won't.) So I appreciate your similar style.

I also really appreciate that you give contact info for getting the zine. Some folks who write zine reviews more as a reading log don't give contact info and it drives me crazy. If I read about a zine I want to read, I want to have ordering info right there.

Thanks for you nice words about my zine Candy Box. May I add your review to my page as a blog post? I will surely give you full credit.


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