Friday, February 8, 2013

January Reads

The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet by William Meikle

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I'm really happy to find one of these phenomenon books that actually deserves it (okay, I have some issues with the word "deserves," but you know what I mean). This is a solid thriller, but a FANTASTIC character piece with two distinct and enthralling voices.

The Busy Writer's One-Hour Plot by Marq McAlister
This is short, but I like the system it lays out for brainstorming plots. No theory here, all method, but I feel like I can use this to concretely apply what I've learned elsewhere.

20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them by Ronald Tobias
Good plot-categorization theory here.

Steal This Plot by June Noble
Once again, good plot-categorization theory here, with some extra material about how to legally pluck the plotline from any work. That might make it a slightly higher recommendation than 20 Master Plots.

Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson
A very complex, time-consuming system that never examines the big picture. No help to me as it simply systemizes what I already do unconsciously. Honestly, if you need so much help with scene and character AND plot, you probably shouldn't be writing fiction. If you're not good at making the atoms (scenes and character) and not good at binding them together (plot) then what the fuck are you good at? Anyway, if I had a problem with scene, I would have bought a book called "Blockbuster Scenes." I didn't, so I don't want to read a hundred pages about how to write one. Also, I hate being talked down to. Don't tell me when to make a cup of tea.

Clockwork Dolls by William Meikle
Now I'm hesitant to write the Laws of Attraction horror story I was mulling over.

The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich
I've been waiting for this to come out in e-format.
"The sun is setting. The hobo vampires are waking up, their quest for crank and blood is just beginning. Over the course of the frigid night they will roam the area surrounding the train stop looking for warm bodies to suck, for cough syrup to fuel a night of debauched sexual encounters with fellow vampires and mortals alike. They distribute sexually transmitted diseases like the daily newspaper but they will never succumb, they will never die, just aging into decrepit losers inside a teenage shell. They have a sense of duty to their habit and their climax--twin addictions that inform their every move. They are lusty, sad creatures, these Slutty Teenage Hobo Vampire Junkies."

16 Expert Lessons for Successfully Managing Your Personal Finances by FT Press

Tales of the Revolution by Seth Godin

How to Manage Your Money When You Don't Have Any by Erik Wecks
It's hard to get too worked up about personal finance books, but this one is awesome. Hits a very different note from the standard drone (if you read this genre, you know that ubiquitous, mind-numbing buzz). Highly recommended.


  1. Alan,

    Thanks so much for recommending How to Manage Your Money When You Don't Have Any. I hope it inspires you and your readers! I am really pleased that you enjoyed it.

    Erik Wecks

    1. It really was a breath of fresh air, Erik.

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