Thursday, October 25, 2012

#12 Lidia Yuknavitch - Dora: A Headcase

If Chuck Palahniuk was a teenage girl, I'm pretty sure his name would have been Dora. That's the only Chuck reference I'm going to do here, because Lidia stands all on her own in this phenomenal new novel. If you're looking for a book that has completely captured what it is to write with a strong voice, Dora: A Headcase is your book. She knocks it out of the park with this one.

When I read her first book of short stories, The Chronology of Water, I was knocked on my ass. The first story in the collection made me cry and from there, it was a roller-coaster (man, do I hate cliche's) of emotion. In all honesty, I was expecting another book like that. I didn't read up on what Dora was about, I didn't read the synopsis, and I was almost nervous to start it, because at the time, I wanted to read a happy-go-lucky book. Guess what, I got it! Kinda.

This bad boy girl, is told from Dora/Ida's point of view, as a teenager, who likes drinking, drugs, and Obsidian (go read it, you'll understand). There's violence, a tip of the hat to Sigmund Freud, over-the-counter drugs, drinking, chicks, and an artsy video about a penis that I don't ever want to think about again. It's about divorce, love, loyalty, doctor/patient relationships, friendship, and redemption. It's a ridiculously easy read and when it's over, you're relieved and a little sad that it's over.

Go pick up the book, thank Lidia, and then tell all of your friends!

Thanks Lidia!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

#11 S.G. Browne - I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus

Andy's back!

If you loved Breathers: A Zombie's Lament, you're going to love this one. It's written with the same fast wit and imagery that we've grown accustomed to with S.G. Browne's work and I couldn't be happier having the chance to read it before the release date on October 30th, 2012.

We start off the story with Andy, in a zombie research facility in Portland, Oregon. He was the leader of a zombie uprising, after which a lot of new zombie laws were put into place. There's a tip of the hat to A Clockwork Orange and the Christmas movies of our past. Unlike Scott's other books, this one doesn't have the traditional love interest, but you still feel warm and fuzzy, don't worry about that! 

The best part about this book is that it's truly a Christmas Story. It takes the new view on zombie's that Browne did in the past, puts the Christmas twist on it, and it still holds up. In all reality, when I first heard that he was doing this, I thought it would be a cheesy, if not cheap marketing ploy. He quickly re-affirmed exactly why I enjoy his work so much after I sat down and read the book in one sitting.

It's a quick 200 pages and if you're looking for your fill of zombies, holiday cheer, and some breathers getting what they deserve, Scott's done it again with this one. Go pre-order it, here!

Also, if you're in NYC, he'll be reading at the KGB bar, tomorrow night (10/17/2012) at 7pm with John Kessel!