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Tour Stop: Jonathan Lister Recommends …

Today we welcome the amazing Jonathan Lister to the stage to talk about some of his favorite novels.

(We’re plugging his great new work too, so check it out at the bottom of this post!)

Take it away John …

The category of my favorite books, or my top 10, is a shifting boundary. Every time I pick up something new, that one volume is my new favorite for the duration of its pages. It’s rare I put one down after refusing to finish it. Though, there are volumes I return to regularly, even while writing Bullet, a Demos City Novel, as polestars for my own scribbles. Here’s my current roster of favorites, which could change at any moment.

10. Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood

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No one writing in our time has Atwood’s depth of prose or the ability to create anxiety about a revisionist future based in unfortunate fact. She doesn’t put words on the page so much as she wields them. Nothing is out of place, extraneous or less than brilliant.

9. Norton Anthology of Postmodern Poetry

postmodern poetry

That’s right. Poems. An entire book of them big enough to kill any insect that dare show its face in your home. This book came my way in grad school, and informed the majority of my writing during that time and more than a few years after. Everyone with work in here has shaped the conversation at one major level or another.

8. Of Love and Other Demons – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

of love and other demons

Another book I picked up as required reading and never managed to give up. The magical realism of Marquez is the foundation of any fantasy work I do — rooted in cultural expression with a deft mingling of the supernatural. If you want to know pain and real sorrowful beauty, pick up just about anything this man has written.

7. Dragons of Autumn Twilight — Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Dragons Autumn Twilight

It all begins at an inn. Shouldn’t every adventure? As a teenager, this book made it cool for me to read again. Every character bristled with life and desires that were deeply interesting to me. I didn’t read this book, or the other two that followed in the trilogy, I absorbed them.

6. The Gun Seller — Hugh Laurie

The Gun Seller

Full disclosure: I have a massive man crush on the former Dr. Gregory House. His novel about the military industrial complex is hard-boiled fiction at its finest. It’s not too full of itself and definitely not boring. It asks a pointed question amidst the bullet-dodging and damsel wooing: Are you a good man?

5. Mary, Called Magdalene — Margaret George

Mary Called Magdalene

I’m well aware of all the Margaret’s on this list, but they’ve earned it. George’s creative telling of the biblical figure still shrouded in mystery is voluminous and damn interesting. It tells so many stories embodied in a single text: coming of age, womanhood, arriving at the self, and subversion.

4. Time of the Twins — Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Time of the Twins

Raistlin Majere is one of my favorite characters of all time. The quintessential antihero who desires power and independence above all else, he even reshapes time and murders gods to get what he wants. But in the end, evil cannot create.

3. The Black Company — Glen Cook

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Want to know what it’s like to be a foot soldier in a war involving resurrected sorcerers and their dread armies? Look no further than Cook’s multi-volume saga. It’s high fantasy told from the point of the common man, which proves to be more entertaining than a prince’s view, in my opinion.

2. I, Lucifer — Glen Duncan

I Lucifer

First person point of view: Satan. Duncan’s voice crafting is off the charts good and something I aspire to while bumbling about in my own work. This book is entertaining even as it aspires to literary heights. Checkout the subtext, the very earthly desires ol’ Lucie says he wants versus what he’s actually after.

1. Good Omens — Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

Good Omens

So good. The archetypical page-turner with wit and depth of character to spare. Again, this is the type of work that tells a serious story without beating doom and gloom drums all over the place. Even if you’re writing about the end of the world, people still laugh.

About our guest …

Jonathan Lister

Jonathan Lister

http://iJonathanlister.wordpress.com

Jonathan Lister is a full-time writer with work appearing in outlets of USA Today, The Houston Chronicle and many others. A graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, he’s waited an unspeakable amount of tables en route to having the career he wants, and the ability to the tell stories he loves. Crossroads is Jonathan’s first book-length work of fiction. He currently lives in the Philadelphia area and continues to drink too much coffee.

And his books are here:

Bullet: a Demos City Novel

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bullet-Demos-City-Novel-Book-ebook/dp/B00KWHK8PI/

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bullet-jonathan-lister/1119709414

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/bullet-9

 

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Top Ten Reasons to Love New Adult with Annabelle Blume

Here it is, guys, Annabelle Blume’s newest story:

Old Flame

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The Hearts Aflame Files

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 15, 2014

Description: Hannah Sullivan has spent the past three months stalking her ex-boyfriend, lurking in the bushes and hiding behind fake social media personas, convinced she can eventually rekindle the love they once shared. But when she meets Marc, who is everything James never wanted to be and more, she begins to wonder if she’s got it all wrong. 
Hannah must come to terms with her own demons before she can decipher between her delusional mission and the man of her dreams.
** ARCs now available — Please email marketing@roanepublishing.com for details.

Sounds like a great read, right? So, when we asked Annabelle, “Hey, why the heck should I read this new genre?” she gave us her Top Ten Reasons to Love New Adult … and here are her answers:

1. All the feels of YA plus the swearing and sexiness of adult lit.

2. Stories of transformation are my weakness–– and my specialty.

3. Remember how hot the guys were in college? Yeah that.

4. If they make a movie out of your favorite book, no one will call you a pervert for drooling over the hero.

5. Kissing, kissing, and more kissing.

6. You’re totally ahead of the trend because the woman next door just asked if you’ve heard of that book Fifty Shades of Grey.

7. The covers are intriguing, adorable, or straight up hot.

8. You aren’t wondering if their parents know where they are every time something crazy happens.

9. You like your stories with a heavy dose of life lessons.

10. Most of the time, you feel like you’re still trying to figure out this grown up thing, too.

 

And there you have it, my friends. Ms. Blume’s top ten reasons to love, read, or write New Adult. Thanks so much for the list, Annabelle. It’s easy to see why this genre has become so popular so fast.

What do you all think?

Want to know more? Well, here you go!

Annabelle Blume

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Annabelle is a best selling Romance and New Adult author, that is, when she’s not checking homework or begrudgingly cooking dinner. Wife, mother, and creator of alternate worlds, Annabelle has a penchant for that which is outside the norm.     Her degree in Sociology has given her the ability to construct worlds that exist only in her head and translate them passionately to the page. The time spent studying individuals, interpersonal relationships, and particularly, women, within the constraints of our society led to Annabelle’s unabashed ability to talk about sex as it fits into our modern lives.     She’s also the author/personality of The Bombshell Mommy at Vitacost.com where she helps modern Bombshells and their families live “green”.