Let’s take this year is reverse order:
My latest essay, Why I Don’t Believe in Kim Jong Il or Jesus Christ, is now live over at An American Atheist.
Also, I’ve separated out my published Fiction and Non-Fiction pages here since I now have enough essays to justify their own page, and going forward I’ll have a monthly column (or two) with ManArchy Magazine in 2012.
The recent Deprogramming series at An American Atheist dealt with growing up within Evangelical Christianity, why I’m no longer a Christian, the value of intellectual honesty, and what we should all remember about end of the world predictions. This series will probably see some more entries in 2012.
I’ve also now got an author page over at Amazon.com. How cool is that?
But perhaps the most exciting news is this: My first two print publications hit the presses late this year.
Negative #6 was published in the October issue of Kindling, a very interesting non-magazine magazine of very short fiction and poetry that I can recommend to just about anyone.
The Liberation of Edward Kellor was published in the noir collection, Warmed and Bound : A Velvet Anthology, and is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. This collection features modern noir writers Craig Clevenger, Stephen Graham Jones and Brian Evenson, as well as many promising new voices like Richard Thomas, Caleb J Ross and Vincent Louis Carella.
Truth be told, there’s just too much to list here. Podcast interviews, panel discussions, finally finishing that gemology degree. Just Google my name. Even I’m shocked at the amount of information floating around out there about me. And I intend to keep the momentum going in 2012 (doomsday prophecies be damned!)
Here’s to another good year!
Warmed and Bound is now available at Amazon.com, and was so popular on Barnes and Nobles’ site that we effectively broke the computer (and until they get things figured out, I suggest ordering through Amazon.)
The good news out of all that, however, is that we climbed the B&N sales charts, becoming the #1 trending book the day of release, and finishing the night #7 overall and #3 in paperbacks, just above the Harry Potter boxed set. Which is quite an accomplishment, to say the least.
In other news, many of the authors from the collection have been interviewed by Booked Podcast and many of those interviews are available now, with many more to come in the following days. Mine just went live today, as a matter of fact.
All in all, we’re selling like hot cakes and getting some real recognition.
I’m sure all you who read the blog have already ordered a copy, and if it was cancelled form B&N due to the popularity, you’ve likely placed your order elsewhere.
How you can help, of course, is by spreading the word and keeping the momentum going.
Many thanks to those of you who have been supportive of me and the rest of the Velvet writers, for your loyalty and your friendship, and for making this whole experience such a rewarding success, and cheers to all of you.
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To order Warmed and Bound : A Velvet Anthology on Amazon, click here.
To check out my Booked Podcast interview click here. (And be sure to check out the other contributors as well. There’s some real gold in these interviews.)
To stay up to date with more book news faster than I am able to post, check out Warmed and Bound dot com.
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© Anthony David Jacques MMXI
I thought I’d share my review of Richard Thomas’s debut novel, a neo-noir thriller called Transubstantiate. He’s a buddy of mine and it’s great to see him taking his craft to the next level.
Transubstantiate is not an entry-level neo-noir thriller. (Is there such a thing?) For a good part of the novel, the real story develops as more of a monstrous, unrelenting backdrop, the great unknown slowly revealing itself as it lurks just behind the text you’re presented with, the first person accounts of a handful of individual characters whose lives will become intertwined.
If you like Twilight, then you may as well move on. Or better yet, put that third-grade-writing-level garbage down, pick this one up and try to wrap your brain around something with a pulse.
Simply put, it’s a big story. With big themes. And similar to a David Lynch film, you may feel like reading it again to really get it. Thomas has taken a fairly non-traditional format here, utilizing seven first-person accounts to weave the majority of the narrative. And some of them aren’t even human. It’s like something you might expect from Faulkner, only readable. (Don’t judge me, alright, I just hate Faulkner.)
You’ve got equal parts 2001: A Space Odyssey, Lord of the Flies and A Brave New World with a generous twist of neo-noir served on the rocks, with a post-apocalyptic-wasteland chaser. And I’d recommend slamming it all as fast as possible. The narrative is so taut you may as well turn off the phone and the laptop and dive in, or else come back to it when you can. Few books have this effect on me, fewer still that flirt with the fringes of genre fiction, and so many genres at that.
And don’t expect Thomas to give you all the answers here. You’re doing the math, as it were, throughout a lot of the novel. Thomas provides just enough pieces to make sense of the world, but with such a well-balanced frugality that you honestly feel like another character, just as vulnerable to what happens next as anyone in the narrative. This is what makes the book so engaging. You’re so up close and personal with each character you can’t help but be in the story yourself.
Now sometimes this level of parsimony can be rewarding, if not a little daunting (as in Craig Clevenger’s The Contortionist’s Handbook or Dermaphoria), other times it can be downright irritating (as in Dennis Johnson’s Nobody Move (again, don’t judge me)); But with Transubstantiate, what seems ostensibly like a meager trail of breadcrumbs, at least at first glance, quickly becomes not only fully engaging, it turns addictive. And page after page Thomas delivers, constantly drawing you deeper and deeper into his dark dystopia with a surprising fluidity, teasing the reader with the faintest glimmer of hope on the distant, smoke obscured horizon.
At the end, on the last page, not only do you want to read it again, you want the next chapter, the next adventure, the next book.
With this as a debut novel, I’d say Richard Thomas is a force to be reckoned with.
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© Anthony David Jacques MMX