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The Smell Collector by David Hill Burns

The story of a man whose only meaningful contact with the world is through smells, who is slowly working his way out of his mother’s basement out into the wide world of people and relationships. The Smell Collector tells the story of Jim Bronson and Marie Bellman. Jim has a hobby. He collects smells. Marie happens to have the . . .

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Ha ha – Something Special

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Jan 18, 2014: Jim has a hobby, and he’s very good at it. But sometimes it leads to problems.

"I have been banned from the shoe and boot repair shop. The owner, a Mr. Young-soo Kim, objected to my close range sniff of his person (ginger, garlic, and leather). His words were “You no sniff around here no more. I break your nose!” It’s difficult for me to understand humor, but I think that perhaps he was being jovial with me. I’ll come back [more . . .]

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Smell collector doesn’t stink.

By Wildbow, author of Ward

May 1, 2014: Our protagonist is a small adult man with no social graces, who lives with his mother, surreptitiously (or so he thinks) sniffing people. As a character driven work, this is essentially the story summed up – following a damaged individual who tries to make sense of the world by codifying its smells.

The Smell Collector (TSC) is a hard work for me to review. I tend to put a lot of stock in the flow of a work: the manner in [more . . .]

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