Kate Zambreno’s Green Girl (Emergency Press) is a wild ride though London. Her protagonist, Ruth, is detached and a bit of a sadist, and yet, at the same time, lost, vulnerable and endearing. Head over to The Nervous Breakdown for the full review. Loved it.
My review of 11/22/63 is now live at LitReactor and I think it’s Stephen King’s best book in awhile. You don’t have to be a fan of JFK and/or conspiracy theories in order to dig this book. And the time travel aspects are certainly a part of this story, but really, it’s the way that King creates the communities that he builds, develops his characters, and shows us how our decisions effect our futures (and the futures of those around us) that make this his best book in a long time. Read the full review for more information.
If you’re not absolutely sick of hearing my voice, here’s some stuff to consider—podcasts! With so much going on these days, I thought I’d post up some of my podcasts that I’ve done over the last couple of years. Two places that you should for sure keep on your lists, and subscribe to if possible (iTunes, etc.) are the Velvet Podcast series and the Booked Podcasts,who are currently running a series on the Warmed and Bound authors. Lots of great information and entertainment at both of these sites, so be sure to bookmark, get your RSS Feed on, whatever.
1. Episode 16: Great Writers Edit. Bad Writers Discuss Editing on a Podcast.
I join authors Caleb J. Ross (Stranger Will), Gordon Highland (Major Inversions) and Gavin Pate (The Way to Get Here). Nobody enjoys editing, but we all go at it differently.
Don’t mind the tornadoes in the background. I was hiding in the basement for a bit, if you notice me dropping off the recording for awhile.
2. Richard Thomas Booked Podcast Inverview
I join Livius Nedin and Robb Ols0n over at Booked Podcast to talk about Warmed and Bound, and a lot of other stuff: my novel Transubstantiate,
The Cult, Speedloader and my reviewing at The Nervous Breakdown. Great time.
3. Episode 008: Don’t Pull My Hair Unless You Mean It
I join writers Nik Korpon (Stay God), Pela Via (Warmed and Bound) and Nic Young to grind out the topic of sex and violence in fiction
and their complex relationship to sadistic bedfellows, love and shock.
4. AWP Live Reading at Leela’s (Denver, Colorado)
Live reading from my novel Transubstantiate.
5. BOOKS AND BOOZE
Questions and answers. You know the drill.
I’ve met Lindsay a couple times, starting with an event at Quickies! Chicago where I was thrilled to read with a ton of talented people. I was blown away by Amelia Gray, Blake Butler, Jac Jemc, and of course, Lindsay herself. It’s not surprising that I’ve become a big fan of her work. I’ve come to expect the unexpected from her. She has no fear when it comes to short stories that deal with sex, violence, loss, love, hope, and the drama and tension that exist in dysfunctional families and relationships. My full review of Daddy’s (Featherproof) is now up at The Nervous Breakdown, so go check it out. This is one of my favorite collections of the year, and Lindsay Hunter is a voice to watch. Now hop to it, people.