Blue Ink Review of Hula Ville

Blue Ink

Yesterday I received the Blue Ink review of Hula Ville.  They seem to have enjoyed my collection of short stories.  The review states, “The stories in Mark Evan’s collection Hula Ville and Other Short Stories are varied and diverse, but share a common subject:  the average person making sense of everyday life.  They are familiar yet fresh; humorous but also bittersweet, with sympathetic characters any reader might recognize.  Some call to mind Raymond Carver’s realism or Tobias Wolff’s memoirs.”  The review goes on to say that, “Most of the stories in Hula Ville strike just the right note…these stories are a pleasure to read and should appeal to a wide audience.”



Since I’ve started writing books, I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked what genre I specialize in.  Well, here’s another preview that may answer that question.  In my upcoming book Scowl, the main character expounds upon his opinion of the current state of the arts:

“Pasta is made of unleavened dough, most commonly wheat flour mixed with water.  Other flours can be used, and eggs are often used instead of water.  The dough is formed into various shapes and cooked.  As you know, all these shapes have their own special names.  There’s linguini, spaghetti, penne, and a multitude of other varieties, but all of them are cooked dough.  You can call them by whatever names you want, but they’re still just pasta.  I think this aptly describes art in America.  This is the state of our music, painting, sculpture, and architecture.  We are living in a world of pasta.   There is no heart.  We’re just mixing the same ingredients into different sizes and shapes.  We label our efforts by a multitude of different names, but when you boil it all down, it’s all just another pan of pasta.  Is this now making sense to you?  I mean, we tap our toes to rock, country, and jazz.  We read horror, romance, and science fiction novels.  We mix colors and paint our canvasses realist, surrealist, and impressionist.  Everything we do has a name, its own genre or style.  We feel like we’re sitting at this terrific banquet of creativity, when we’re really just feasting on doughy pasta.”

Kirkus Indie Review of Team Charlie


I just received the Kirkus Indie review of Team Charlie.  It begins, “Those voices in your head — are they symbionts or parasites?  This disarming novel seeks answers.”  The review goes on to summarize the story of, “Charlie Davis, a mild-mannered, middle-aged, divorced man who lives with several voices in his head.”  The review states that, “Evan has a knack for set-piece ruminations such as Pluto’s disquisition on love and Kono the Hawaiian bartender’s reflections on pretense.”  The review goes on to add that, “readers will eagerly help Charlie battle the voices and his loneliness.  It’s hard to look away from these colorful characters running rampant in a lonely man’s mind.”