And how we choose to survive the unsurvivable. It is my go-to book when the world is cruel, as it frequently is, and I need a place where I can be reminded that there is also good along with cruelty and that someone Lois McMaster Bujold was a good enough person with enough depth of character to write this book. And it reminds me that there are ways to face the bad that happens in the world and to me and still remain true to who one is. The plot and writing are excellent and sweep me off to Chalion and the people who live there.
Mellisa recently posted Christmas Eve Gift. Mine is a kids book that I buy for every god forsaken baby shower I have to go to, its called Mama do you love me. Its about a naughty little Inuit child and their mothers unconditional love. I just really like the story and the illustrations are divine. How about something different? We are water. Very good.
Because Doomsday Book is a moving tragedy, FireWatch is wistful—and Dog made me and many others laugh out loud. Jerome and it inspired Willis to write the Dog, and it made me laugh in The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. Don Quixote, hands down. That something written hundreds of years ago can remain so relevant is amazing.
And for those of us with mental illness, the over-riding question of who is truly the crazy one was refreshing and thought-provoking. Anna Karenina — the ending gave me goosebumps. The story of Anna is annoying, think Danielle Steel, but the story of Levin is eye-opening and life-affirming. This thread makes an interesting yet tricky TBR list, in that it says more about the diversity of your readers than it does about the books recommended.
Some of the suggestions make me want to argue which is just asinine. Pure magic. These pieces are from the smaty pants of their ages, Always in trouble. But something light and different…Auntie Mame by Patrik Dennis. Its all about these two guys in the WWII era and they wrote comic books. I found it pretty entertaining. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dix. Things everyone should read: Something by Charles Stross. Try the Laundry Series. Would you prefer a near-future Police Procudural filled with high weirdness?
Then I recommend Glasshouse. Want something uplifting and tear-inducing? Happy Boxing Day! Paxson speak and sign books. Bradley raised her eyebrows a bit at its condition, gave me a small smile, and signed my well-loved book. I hugged it to my chest for the rest of the evening. Jaimie recently posted A random collection of shit…. Both were pretty good. Good reads. The Sword in the Stone by T. White if you want to laugh. Or The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery if you want to really think, cry and get a feeling for how French recluses live.
Ariel recently posted Swingin' with the Andrews Sisters part 3. Modern day north Korea. Delightful, I could use a good guard donkey. Smokeynall recently posted The First Goalie Post. Longtime lurker, first-time poster. I believe I have found my tribe — so many fantastic books listed! So many of my favorites books I thought no one knew of! We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson — I love almost all of his books, but this is the first book I have read that made me understand just how far away Pluto really is — holy shiznits!
Ready, Player One. People swear that donkeys or minature donkeys are great at guarding stock from wolves, coyotes, and various predators. I guess they give warning and sometimes scare them off you know — like how some kids are affraid of midgets. Everything written by David Sedaris, of course. Amy Tan has a new book! You will be so sorry when it is over. Just re-read the Hunger Games trilogy, yup, still just as good. And Amy Tan has a new book out—yayyyy!
The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon. Tarisa recently posted Lone Survivor R. The Anne Rice Vampire series. I was not alone in the universe. Apparently there were millions of us out here, who all had a dark heart. It transported me through time. I could absolutely not put it down. Lol my horse despised asses, 4 and 2 legged… The secret life of plants, Thompson-trippy cool wtf really?!
Kinda book. Intense read.. The Apes of Wrath great anthology about anything to do with apes edited by Rick Klaw. Follow Peggy J. Hailey on Facebook. And yeah, she and Rick are both friends of mine. So what, I love what they write! How am I going to go 10 months give or take without Doctor Who?!!!
That would fill the gap nicely. As in it puts them into an orgasmic state kind of loving it. Then, they discover copyright law. What follows is a hilarious tale of copyright law — the only time this sentence will ever be uttered! In this book, a computer hacker discovers a mysterious file that not only describes all of reality, but can be changed to alter reality. Want more money? Want to go somewhere else?
The hacker, of course, gets into trouble and winds up in medieval times posing as a wizard. No spoilers, but this book both closes out the story nicely while leaving room for a sequel which I really hope he makes. Semple The Circle Eggers. Marianne recently posted A Holiday Classic Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaason. Excellent, highly entertaining, and a very fast read. Just an arm. Peacocks make awesome guard peacocks too.
A neighbor of mine has a couple and every time someone comes on their property they go fucking insane. I keep telling Casey that I want a peacock too because how awesome would it be to have your friends come over for a barbecue in the summer and see a peacock wandering around. He tells me that it will never happen. I told him never say never. Brooke recently posted Fifteen things. I got a bunch of gift cards for books also, and am on my way to the book store to pick up the latest in the series.
I loved this non-post because you gave permission for depression. I dunno. That just meant a lot. T recently posted Looking for Life's Answers: Does it really matter? I thought it was meh. Amelia recently posted Santa Train. My daughter got me in to The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix — very entertaining premise, and something Hailey would enjoy, too.
About Bohemian artists coming of age and as their older. One of the artists brings her paintings to life in amazing and scary ways. Anything by Terry Pratchett. I love that book. Oh wow! I was amazingly not at all surprised by that ad. Ragemichelle recently posted Spousal Shorthand. A really twisted tale of America.
By the by we love your book and we also have a lovely collection of odd taxidermy. Happy holidays from New Orleans. And of course Kurt Vonnegut. I love this book so much, I call it my literary prozac. It never fails to calm me down and make me happy. Heather recently posted This is just to say…. I agree with Eleanor and Park and 13th Tale those are the only other comments I read; they were so unusually intelligent that I quit while I was ahead. But the book that everyone should read is The Art of Racing in the Rain.
My favorite books are by Geoff Dyer. So I read through the entire list of comments at this time. Yay for more reading and new material! The Night Film, by Marisha Pessi — well-written, presented in a very interactive way, creepy, mysterious, urgent, sympathetic…. Also — Mary Doria Russell. A terrific writer. Very interesting reading, if you like historical fiction. Of course the first comment I ever post is about books mainly never posted before because I just can not find the words to express how wonderful your blog is and how truly lucky I feel to be a tiny part of the Tribe.
Anyway, books. These books are hysterically disturbing, squirting coffee out of my nose laughing out loud funny. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart. If you were ever sad that there were never more Princess Bride stories, the adventures of Master Li and Number Ten Ox feel like some lost stories from the same place Princess Bride came from. A teenage girl in a Russian village is amazing at carving, just like her father.
This is in an age when suspected witches are burned at the stake. A real witch shows up and offers to help, and his offer sounds suspiciously wonderful. This is so beautifully poetic, full of Russian lore and shadow magic and heart-wrenching honesty and hurts and love. Allison recently posted A Letter to Target. Absolutely anything by Matt Ruff. But I would suggest starting with is first novel, Fool on the hill. That man is a genius. And you will love the talking cats and the Tolkien brotherhood. Marianne recently posted Ghosts of Christmas Past. It is my all-time fave of all of his books. Katherine Applegate She also writes children, but both of her books were fantastic.
Please, please read Handling Sin by Michael Malone. Not sure what was controversial about it. I loved it. The Thirteenth Tale is one of my absolute favorites, right behind the Harry Potter books, of course. Barb the Clown recently posted Parts Per Million. I read it a number of years ago. Becky recently posted Okay, here are a few more of my favorite things Chris Bulin recently posted Transgender Day of Remembrance. Dead Witch Walking is the first one.
Dean recently posted Exciting news. A mouse deity appears, and the cover of the version I bought has a lab mouse on the cover. I hope you get a chance to read some of them! The story is capriciously entertaining and her writing is some of the funnest wordplay I have seen in years. It felt like reading Good Omens for the first time. Maybe the guard donkey could have a cameo? Any Ben Elton satire. There are dumb horny humanoid creatures with large blue penises. What more could you want from a novel? Happy book hunting Jenny! I love it! But oh my gosh, can I rant about the Glass Castle for a minute?
Everyone should have to read this book. I live in Wisconsin and grew up near Bemidji, MN where Paulsen lived when he was training for the Iditarod, so any northern winter story has a special appeal for me. The book is hilarious and spiritual, an unusual combination. Paulsen is justly known for his young adult novels, but this one is somewhat more adult fare.
If you like mysteries or thrillers or police procedurals, check out Tana French and Kate Atkinson. Both excellent. Make sure to get a hardback copy because the illustrations are out of this world! Anthing by the The Sweet Potato Queens!! Many late nights and bottles of Drambuie were wasted trying to determine the meaning of life while discussing these two works of literary brilliance. I really think you can relate to Stephanie. Also, super nerdy. If you have not read them yet. Laurell K. Hamilton is an amazing author. My favorite series is her Merry Gentry series.
The next in the series A Shiver of Light is actually due out this coming June! Mallorie Anderson recently posted Time and Miley! This book will slice into your heart on the very first page and you will not be able to stop reading. It is a really fun read and not as deep as his usual stuff.
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My favorite thing was assigning a cast if they ever make a movie of it. Who would play the characters? The Sweet Potato Queen series is also a good laugh but since you are from Texas I am pretty sure you have already read them! Anne Bishop Dark Jewels Trilogy and Pillars of the Earth , not that one though it is a good read too the one about witches. These are fun dark books to read, the junkfood for the mind type. Oh I vote again for a like button on your comments, so many good books mentioned and ones I have to check out.
My vote goes to the Black Jewels books by Anne Bishop. Daughter of the Blood 2. Heir to the Shadows 3. Queen of the Darkness. The holidays can be rough indeed, but you always manage to make me laugh.
I was going to just read through the list and jot down a list of books. Beautifully written but there were quite a few times while listening to the audiobook in my cubicle at work I laughed until I cried. Loved, loved, loved that book! Stella recently posted The Avengers. Another vote for Terry Pratchett. He manages hilarious and profound at the same time. It can be hard to find a good place to jump in, because the later books are better, but the earlier ones have good backstory.
Going Postal is both recent and the beginning of an arc, so I usually suggest that one for new Pratchettites. I read a lot and am currently reading all the Newbery Award and Honors books. They are mainly awesome. The best of which is A Wrinkle in Time. Just finished reading it to my 10 year old. My second favorite is The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. While it was rough, my spouse made it really bearable and I was able to get through it OK. If you liked or in my case, loved the Shining is a wonderful read and parts of it were extremely scare worthy. And I can guarantee you will never look the same way again at a senior citizen in a Winnebago.
And if you never read From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler E. Hope you folks had a grand, grand holiday! Filled with jolly silliness and bad Christmas lyrics. Kats recently posted Blog Posts - 32 -- Nano Excerpt. And, yes I do know where in hell Wall,tx is. Not too far from Sonora. A Case of Need-Jeffery Hudson A murder mystery about a botched abortion, has all sorts of medical footnotes and delightfully specific details about surgery.
A Case of Need-Jeffery Hudson A m0rder mystery about a botched ab0rtion, has all sorts of medical footnotes and delightfully specific details about surgery. Atonement is a great book. Ya know, the one they made a movie about and Keira Knightley was in it? I should see if they still have party lines. I just want you to know you are perhaps my very favorite person right now, and I mean that in the least possible wear your skin kind of way.
You make each day a freaking delight. Frankl was a holocaust survivor and psychologist who went on to found the logotherapy school of psychotherapy basically, that depression stems from lack of perceived meaning in life. It is a tremendous book, if a bit dark in the beginning the whole Holocaust thing , but it completely changed the way I perceive the things that happen to me and interpret them. I try to re-read it every few years; it resets my brain. It was very eye-opening for me to read that during my divorce and realize that my relationship also followed the patterns step by step.
Anything by Terry Pratchett, but especially Going Postal. Anything by Jennifer Crusie, but especially Bet Me. Both books that have had me giggling during difficult times in my life. Page is middle reader; the rest are YA. The other ones are YA. Skye recently posted When I'm Stronger. The Thursday Next series. Truly a must read. I buy it often and give it to friends. I read it at least once a year myself and pass on as many copies as I can. The Keep was very different but also amazing.
She contracts leprosy and it is the story of her life. Interesting and different. YOU helped pick the cover, after all. Also, I need to sell books to support my inevitable gambling addiction from this trip. That should keep you occupied for awhile! And the next book is coming out this December.
Make that next March. Errrr, April… Maybe June? At any rate. Happy reading time!! And may the odds be ever in your favor?? Excellent stuff. But seriously. My comment might get lost amid the other ones, but MY book just came out on Amazon. Otherwise I recommend Hyperbole and a Half. I really, really want a donkey! And maybe a gentle big old horse for me to poddle around the paddock on. Eleanorjane recently posted Scent-ual memories. Tamora Pierce, anything by her. And then hand the books to your daughter in a few years. Also, Patricia C. Most of Mercedes Lackey. Ditto David Eddings okay, the Dreamers was not on.
You already know of Neil Gaiman, but Season of Mists is a must read. Douglas McKiernan. Ilona Andrews. Okay, I have a fantasy thing. And am pissed bn. Everyone should read Cyteen. Everyone should memorize Cyteen. Janet Evanovich……….. One for the money………she has like 14 now. Hilarious and fun. Like you. You will love them. Pinky swear. A rabbit has a premonition that the warren he lives in will be destroyed and he and his brother convince some of the other rabbits to escape and start a new warren somewhere safe. Back again with one more, a rather different shapeshifter tale.
Sequel is out in February. Written in red: a novel of the others — Anne Bishop. There are so many good ones already mentioned! I love Jennifer Lawrence, but the book is sooo much better than the movie. For some interesting and frank autobiographies that tell you a lot about how films are really made I highly recommend. Second one is due out in March. I love the fictional chick-lit books by Marian Keyes. She has also struggled with health issues like depression. She is hilarious and I think that her sense of humour would appeal to you. Check out her catalogue — my favourites are the books that follow the 5 sisters of the Walsh family.
Happy holidays to you. She writes a blog under the same title. Victoria recently posted My finished column pour soap. Except This Is How. That was disappointing. Sedaris is also comedic memoir gold. Another wonderfully weird writer is Chuck Palahnuik. Read everything. Then read it again. Read Diary first, then Invisible Monsters, then Choke. After that, read Fight Club. Damned is amazing as well. Oh dear. Donkeys make great herd and flock guards. Follow bookblrb on Twitter.
I am in no way associated with them, just love them. I have these books in print, e-reader, and audiobooks. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. I have this in print and e-reader. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison. Print and e-reader for the whole series. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell! I see some others have recommended it. Adding on to my previous comment… Jasper Fforde — Thursday Next series. A great reminder of how good people can be and how even seeming bad guys can surprise you. SUPER compelling. Thanks to other commenters for the great tips! Gorgeous, amazing, sweet book.
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I just read Vampires in the Lemon Grove and it was fantastic! The stories have a Ray Bradbury feel in that they all contains 1 weirdness and 2 big questions about life. Two thumbs up. When I finished reading it, I bought a bunch of copies and gave them to people in my life just so I could talk about it with someone.
It is oddly relatable for people in not-so-typical phases of life. Oh hell, just anything by Sheri S. Except The Plague of Angels it made me sad. Anything by jasper fforde is amazing! Are you gonna post the list? Id love to see it! It is the first of the Parasol Protectorate series. They are verra funny. First, I need to thank you. I need to bookmark this page, so when I am looking for something new to read, I can come here and check it out. Second, book recommendations — I received 4 books for Christmas because, books.
I tend to get stuck on one author and read everything they ever wrote, then get sad there is no more. Laurel-crowned letters. You're Joe's boy, ain't ya? One School at a Time Greg Mortenson. Management and Machiavelli;: An inquiry into the politics of corporate life. The Fred Factor: How passion in your work and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. The Jacquard industry;: An economic survey of the fundamental factors in the local industry at Paterson, New Jersey. Proust, Marcel; Scott-Moncrieff, C.
IBS: Free at Last! Skinny Bitch a no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous! You're Wearing That? Lee Benns. The dancing healers: A doctor's journey of healing with native Americans. Seventh Wisconsin Volunteers. Structure, meaning and ritual in the narratives of the southern San Quellen zur Khoisan-Forschung. Fremont, and the Claiming of the American West. Sex and The Man Who Used to be Single: A cartoon and text survey of contemporary marital manners featuring humorous illustrations by some of the country's leading cartoonists.
I still find joy in this and wish I had more time to pursue it. How did you first get started as an artist? Crayons, cartoons and MTV got me started as an artist. Being creative is something that has and will forever drive me as a person. How did you first go about getting your artwork seen? When I was growing up I entered art contests, completed special assignments for my art classes, and contributed to art projects around my schools.
All of these things guaranteed that a lot of people would be viewing my work, regardless of the medium or subject. Not to incriminate myself, but I did do graffiti and street art on the walls of buildings and other private property. This is how I found my entrepreneurial spirit. Classmates and friends who saw that work commissioned me to do the same type of work on their clothing. That was my first experience of getting paid to do artwork.
That was very cool! Which artists have influenced you the most, and what are your other influences? Real life influences my artwork more than anything else. The little things that most people take for granted on a daily basis: a building, streets, trees, cracks in a sidewalk, peeling paint, sewer grates. Music has a major influence on my life and me as a person.
I listen to all different types of music all of the time. Throughout my life many different, and sometimes unusual, elements have inspired me as an artist. Distant from the social norm, I never found inspiration hanging on the walls of art museums or in art history books. Instead, skateboard graphics, graffiti and street art, album covers, horror films and urban decay captivated me. I have always been able to find so much beauty in an abandoned dilapidated building. These were and still to this day are the main elements in my life that drive me to create art.
Creating something from nothing. Taking something and making it into something else. What really excites me is creating work for other people, bringing their vision to life. Yes, I enjoy having an idea and creating it as a personal endeavour. Tell us about that.
Let me start by telling you that my dad is not the biggest fan of my work. It turned out to be a good thing though, because I was able to use my father. What do you think is the most important thing when becoming an artist? Being yourself and becoming the artist that you want to be. Regardless of your skill or technique, create art that you love, art that makes you happy. Be creative in all aspects of your life, not just when it comes to putting paint to canvas. Keep an open mind about everything.
I picked him up on his Birthday and we had a nice breakfast, and then headed down to Baltimore City so I could shoot the right backdrop.
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We ended up in East Baltimore on a stretch of two full blocks of abandoned homes. It looked like this neighbourhood was left for dead, a real ghost town. However, it was ideal for what I wanted. I thought he would have issues with it but instead he was a good sport about it and was even a good model. That is the most frustrating part of being an artist for me. It comes and goes. In situations like that, I move onto another project or just try to clear my head for a bit.
I have found that when you keep working on the same piece that is already frustrating you, your work tends to get a lot worse. When someone from my audience is affected by my work emotionally, that is the best for me. I have. Do you have a particular audience in mind when you create? I would have to say that my main audience are individuals who are interested in the Horror genre. The majority of my work has a dark aesthetic and deals with elements of death and other situations that can make the common person feel a little uncomfortable.
Creating artwork is something I love and enjoy very much, so in the end I do it for myself. It is an added bonus that others enjoy my work as well. I am genuinely grateful and thankful for all of my audience and anyone who appreciates what I do. You do a wide range of artwork, including the design of websites, adverts, etc. Is that because your artwork naturally lends itself to these areas or was it a more commercial decision?
I enjoy creating artwork as a standalone medium, but I also feel that creating adverts, websites and other promotional or marketing materials is a way to get my artwork seen and to stay creative. I approach every project I work on like an individual piece of artwork. Everything that I can work on that is visually stimulating to someone else is considered artwork to me.
You run an artistic production company. How and why did you start that up? Matthew Freyer Productions has always been a dream of mine. I wanted to create artwork for people to use to promote themselves and their products or services. I originally started the company because of my love for Haunted Attractions.
I have been a fan of, worked with and volunteered at Haunted Attractions throughout my life. I thought these. I have to admit, though, the first couple of clients I worked for had nothing to do with the Haunt Industry at all. The company that first gave me the opportunity to develop a website and identity on a commercial level was an extremely corporate Luxury Concierge Service provider.
They hired me based on my dark artwork. Favourite films? I honestly do not have a favourite author or book. I have always been a visual person and could never get into books. I have definitely been into films ever since I was very young. Of course Horror is my favourite genre but I also enjoy a good suspenseful drama. Do you have any advice for other artists? Enjoy being an artist. I wish more did scare me.
I remember as a child being scared of things and I would love to be able to get that feeling back. I tell people who are close to me all of the time to try and scare me, jump out from behind a door, hide in the dark and scream at me, but nothing works. If you are out there and you think you can scare me, I welcome it. You have my full permission, I would love it! An exciting urban fantasy set in Breton Court, Indianapolis, a modern inner-city neighbourhood of.
But these are not your average gangs and Breton Court is a ghetto beyond your imagination. This is Arthurian legend slammed into modern gang warfare, an exciting mix of myth and legend with reality. Broaddus manages to create a fantastic world within the reality of what we know, his characters shine through and the multiple plot lines merge to create a thrilling climax.
The second book in the series delivers once again, accelerating the pace and advancing the depth of this strange and exciting world. I look forward to the third book eagerly. This is very much a book of two halves. The first half well, the first sixty pages anyway , the absolutely brilliant half, is a coming of age tale. But not the normal coming of age tale; this is the tale of Dale Sampson, not the average everyman, but the original nobody. Dale Sampson has no friends, little personality, and is overwhelmed by life in general at high school.
That is until he meets rebel without a cause Mack Tucker, the school stud. This strange friendship starts to bring Sampson out of his shell, and he even meets a girl he falls in love with. Until a single deadly after school party changes both of their lives and plans forever. So starts the second half the rest of the pages , as adulthood beckons. There is more obsession, violence, brutality, wit, shame and guilt, as our hero once again abandoned deals with his new struggles with the same inept, insecure failure.
Wracked with guilt,. Wow, this is some kind of book. The first part of the story is utterly brilliant. Like the best coming of age stories, it evokes memories and touches you in a way that only another human being can. After the catastrophic event that leads Dale and Mack into a worthless adulthood, the book becomes much darker, meaner, nastier and more brutal, but in some ways still so innocent.
Here his delicate touch and the inexhaustible horror of humanity are shown in filthy and revolting bathos, exploring the dark side of human nature in an uncompromising way and yet making it so massively entertaining. This is a book that everyone should read, that everyone can take something from, and everyone can enjoy. Have I found the book of the year already? Human drama has never been so raw and powerful. Consider my review of Sea Of Dust the exception to the rule.
To say this trippy recreation of Hammer Horror is an oddity would be an understatement. FX master Tom Savini gets top billing as the mythical Christian King Prester John, a made up figure that becomes real to the world through decades of war due to differing beliefs and manipulation by the Church. Some could argue that this is religion in a nutshell.
No doubt this is also a big chunk of the social satire at the heart of the film. The acting ranges from decent to superb. The costuming is authentic. And the FX is exceptional, not skimping on the modern day gore to tell an old fashioned tale. If Sea Of Dust has any flaws it is in its own determination to be too much: Too much of a classic Hammer film, which may be too slow for some spastic attention-deficit-disorder modern-day audiences, and too much of a social satire.
Is this post commentary or a reflection on religion through the ages or both? All in all, this is an original uncompromising vision from a unique new voice in horror; a film that has a lot to say and nary a zombie, serial killer, monster, alien, or monster alien in sight. And for that, horror fans - especially Hammer Horror fans - rejoice! By Trevor Wright. The stories contained in this volume are erotic and horrorific in equal measure.
The ten stories in the collection give you a good idea of the talent behind them and a good indication of what you can expect from this marvellous talent in the future. A full length novel is eagerly anticipated by this reviewer. Stories of sexual horror can be disturbing and exciting and this volume is no exception. A strange, deviantly satisfying collection of stories that draws you into its velvety grasp, touches you in ways that feel so very nice, and then rips out your heart. Brutally erotic, uncompromising, and abolutely addictive.
Andy Remic writes such books, exhilarating thriller rides, the perfect combination of excitement and danger. But in a good way! Serial Killers Incorporated follows Callaghan, a hard drinking, hard smoking, hard fucking, hard living photo-journalist for a tabloid. And there is a note to Callaghan on the course. Or rather her Romanian gun-runner husband is about to become a problem if he finds out Callaghan is fucking his wife.
Then another tip-off sends them into a dark, desolate warehouse with another body awaiting them. The warehouse scene is suitable frightening and will send chills down even the hardiest of spines. Even Callaghan becomes somewhat likeable, despite being a selfish bastard. The climax is a bit Here, unlike his Clockwork Vampire series, he seems even less inhibited and more in your face than normal, which is no bad thing, but does take some getting used to.
Remic has produced another fine example of how to thrill a reader. Remic is a no-holds-barred writer and Serial Killer Incorporated is a no-holds-barred novel; massively entertaining, scary, exciting, and brutally nasty. It makes me happy inside. The Expendables, for example. Oh, and Pretty Woman, obviously named before the casting process was finished.
As it is, the name. The premise is simple: to do what Scary Movie did for Scream, but with the horrible fangchise thanks, I made it up myself that is the Twilight movies. Do I have to say how pathetic the Twi-shite movies are? I laughed properly twice. Once involves a baby and a bowling ball, which would have been funny in any film not involving vampires.
His facial expression is always bang on with almost a hint of Carrey in places. And his delivery can be serious enough that he makes the lines funnier. Allowing someone to put rollers in your hair for an entire scene takes balls. References throughout the film stick mostly to the original material, but there are a enough pseudo-cameos from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lady Gaga and Twilight Fan-girls to make the proceedings seem just a little surreal.
You could be queuing up for Drive Angry 3D, for example. Vampires Suck is brainless but fun. Easier than sitting through the original. However, it has other virtues, more virtues than the original material anyway. For one, they manage to put the first two Twilight movies into one film without losing any of the over-romanticised bullshit or I use the term loosely storyline. Second, the actors are actually pretty good. She pulls off all the awkward, sour-faced mannerisms that make you want to punch the original actress until you connect with tarmac,. Commissioner of Internal Revenue to ban writing off remainders affected the publishing industry, giving rise to a new generation of publishers who choose e-book and print-ondemand publishing over conventional print.
Digital book sales have grown enormously in the last few years.
At the same time, sales for the Adult Mass Market category decreased by Our focus now shifts to the after-effects this progression in the publishing industry creates for the author and how it affected advances, royalties, visibility, and time. We spoke of the dilemma of. Many authors are forfeiting their frustration for higher royalties, co-op book promotions, zero advances, faster submission to print times, and worldwide visibility on the internet.
However, as authors approach new model publishers with renewed enthusiasm, some find that variations in the model concerning willingness or lack thereof to change from conventional pricing structures are hurting book sales. Authors are faced with a choice; some new model publishers care little about their authors and are more interested in the volume of titles. But do we really need a new generation of author mills to replace the old vanity press? What should an author look for in an epublisher? His first published novel, The Lost Village, gained recommendation for a Bram Stoker award and was nominated for the small press Tombstone award.
His stories range from good old horror fiction with substance to supernatural and psychological thrillers. Since that time he has published several novels and short tales. Mark has never had success with conventional big house publishing but has become a name through the new publishing model. Mark, what has been your experience with conventional, big-house book publishing?
When I completed my first novel, I queried every. So I published it myself. It was subsequently recommended for a Bram Stoker award and nominated for the small press Tombstone award. Nevertheless, it was great being recognized for my work. I felt at the time that there was something broken in the traditional publishing model. As the New Publishing model sprung up due to the internet, when did you turn to e-book and POD publishers? From day one, back before there were portable reading devices, I felt that digital books were the future.
But fewer and fewer books are finding their way into stores and so they have to go up on the internet while the author hopes somebody runs across them amongst the sea of new books coming out. Are e-book and POD publishers faster in their response time and the time between sending you a contract and when the book is actually in print? In the new model, you no longer have.
For the most part, the editing is better, but not much else. Most new model publishers seem to be interested in volume. They sign tons of authors, put excessive prices on the books, throw them to the wind and hope they sell. So more than ever with e-books, over-pricing is an economic mistake. Absolutely, yes, on the part of new and established publishers alike. Digital books have to be cheap. Those publishers who refuse to lower their prices are going to fail.
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The Alist publishers with big-name authors are making the same mistakes. Some e-book and POD publishers have been successful; their authors are actually living off the royalties. Besides pricing and promotions, what leads to the success of one new model publisher over another? The publishers that are doing well care enough about their authors to make sure they put out a superior product. They pay special attention to cover design, interior design, and the layout. When you hold a book in your hand by a publisher who cares about its product and its author, you know it.
Do you think that e-book and POD publishing will ever equally compete with the conventional treatment of authors in the way of advances, royalties, and promotions? Probably not. The paradigm is shifting. By we. Any concluding thoughts? The conventional model is unsustainable. Look what happened in the recording industry. All the big record companies are gone.
Technology allowed artists to take their products directly to the public; the public separates the wheat from the chaff. Daily, there are stories of independents unable to land traditional book deals that are selling tons of Kindle books. Check out J. I believe readers are smarter than publishers give them credit for. They are capable, through reviews and word-of-mouth, of separating the gems from the paste. What should an author look for in an e-publisher? Authors need the representation of the old convention.
Publishers that do this in order to make money for themselves are missing the ultimate economic understanding, that a high quality product, at low sale worthy prices, generates even more sales. It is simple economics. Stubborn ideas and failure to adapt will most certainly be the downfall for not only the old conventional publishers, but e-book and POD publishers that are unwilling to fully embrace the change as well.
In the next article I will investigate new model publishers that have overcome the pricing and promotional quandary well enough that their authors are living happily off the royalties from their properly priced and promoted print-on-demand and e-book products. The first citizen of Rome is under attack by his own brother in a. A poor poet, Martial, is dragged into the plotting when he becomes a spy for the first citizen. But the true hero and villian of the story is the city of Rome itself. This filthy, sleazy city is remarkably well portrayed. That being said, a plot outline barely scratches the surface of this novel.
A rivetting historical thriller and a bawdy filth-infested romp, this novel depicts Rome as you have never seen it before. Great fun. Gravelle www. It is not another would-be unmasking, nor a simple re-telling of facts already told a thousand times. Rather, it is a deeply unsettling study of the human condition. The story begins when a young sailor dies after a botched surgery, sending the surgeon responsible on a terrible downward spiral into the depths of despair and then insanity.
This book picks you up and drops you in the middle of an impoverished East End on the eve of one of the most notorious crime waves in history. On the whole the author does an admirable job of accurately portraying life in Victorian England. I mean, I guess he does. In a literary context, possibly the most damning stamp of in-authenticity is the notable absence of vowels, a sure sign of an American or Canadian at work.
I was also disappointed to stumble across several prominent typos the vile rose in his throat? Nevertheless, what we have here is a peculiar fusion of fiction and historical fact. Not an. More specifically, The Fort Providence Watch is a depiction of what could have transpired to send a perfectly respectable some would say downright posh! As disturbed and just plain nasty a fiend as the fictionalized lead character of Doctor Barnet is, he is at least handed a few shreds of humanity by the author as he attempts to explore the motivation behind the crimes.
All in all, a fascinatingly absorbing little slice of claustrophobic terror that comes highly recommended. Simply put, Doctor Who is a classic. In the last two generations most people have some childhood memory of the Doctor. And the Tardis. Now a whole new generation of fans have followed the new Doctor Whos with the same avid attention that previous generations did. There are now spin-offs in all directions, and this book aims to give you a quick run down of them all. The concise descriptions are perfectly adequate to the task. The observations and verdicts provided for each instalment are insightful and intelligent, mostly without being too critical.
For fans and anyone interested in SF history, this is the perfect and complete guide to Doctor Who. By Stanley Riiks. With the help of a brave ex-legionary, legionary, Martial tries to reveal the plot to Titus. The story is a very good one full of conspiracies, backstabbing and witchcraft. Grin By Mark Mellon. Amber Quill Press www. It sucks! Want to know something else? OH, NO!! Finally, after years of doing nothing and not being recognized I was going to get my work seen by hundreds, thousands, possibly even millions.
Alex Pucci see Life Serial 7 had said that he wanted me to start out by writing some short films for the company. I set to work on a short film called The Green Monster. The Green Monster was a twelve page dead serious social commentary about a 14 year old pregnant runaway who gives birth to her baby in a nasty convenience store restroom. She then strangles the baby with the umbilical cord and throws the body away in the dumpster The Green Monster Eventually, the girl runs afoul of the crazed store owner, who, realizing what the girl did, seeks to dish out his own brand of vicious justice to avenge the dead baby.
I thought it was just clever enough and just sick enough to pique the interest of a company with the name ScreamKings. I was wrong. So he put me to work on a project that they did want to make. It was a very short, very straightforward tale about some teens that break into a house on Christmas Eve only to be strangled and slashed repeatedly by Santa Claus. The End. The entire outline was pretty much done for me. All I had to do was rearrange it into script form and plug in some dialogue.
Easy, quick, unrewarding.