Posts Tagged ‘books’

In response to Ruth Graham’s article at Slate, “Against YA“, but REALLY in response to the sudden eruption of hand-wringing defenses of why it’s okay to read Young Adult books.

1.  I am in a bookstore and I see a book in the Young Adult section that I think about buying. Another customer looks at me askance, as though I am childish for looking at a Young Adult Book.  “Fuck that guy,” I think to myself, “this looks interesting.”  I buy the book anyway.

2.  I am reading a Young Adult Book on the train.  Someone sits down across from me  They have got a face like they think I should be embarrassed by my reading material.  For a second I am worried.  “Oh wait, I just remembered,” I think to myself, “Fuck that guy.”  I continue reading my book

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Have YOU been reading THE MOST IMPORTANT FANTASY NOVEL OF THE 21ST CENTURY?

Well, put it down, it is boring, read my book instead.

Not convinced?

Perhaps this new cover art from Casey Conan will change your mind!

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Today begins an auspicious new day for Threat Quality Press, as we begin publishing the first volume of Sword of Savonarola, by Chris Braak.  Rather than an epic series of stand-alone novels that, when strung together, constitute a very long story, Sword of Savonarola is one very long story that is conveniently divided into seven different books.

The first book is The Man with the Red Right Hand.  Chapter One can be found here.  New chapters will post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through the end of December.  However, at ANY TIME you will be able to purchase the entire book from Amazon in ELECTRONIC FORM:

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So. If you’re patient, you can read the whole thing for free. If you’re excited about it, and you’ve got a spare three dollars, you can read the whole thing at once. As you can see, we’re trying something a little different with this, and if you are interested, we’re going to explain the theory here.

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Harry Potter just turned thirty-three.  Threat Quality Press has received THIS exclusive outline for the next seven books of his adventures.

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NaNoWriMo: VILE CALUMNY

Posted: November 5, 2012 in Braak
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It was ever my intention to do everything in November EXCEPT work on a novel, thus expressing my disdain for and objection to National Novel Writing Month and the many, many, MANY writers collectively demonstrating that writing novels isn’t especially difficult. Of the variety of categories of people that I hate (including: people who stand in middle of the aisle at the grocery store, people who like Glee, Neil Labutte, people who like plays by Neil Labutte, and pretty much anyone who’s ever left a comment on Comics Alliance) “people who do the same things that I do” has got to be at least number 3 on the list.

However, I have been provoked — PROVOKED BEYOND ANY REASONABLE MEASURE — by Moff’s vile aspersions against me.

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J. C. Watts once pretty accurately described “character” as “what you do when nobody’s looking.”  In his new novel, The Last Policeman, Ben Winters makes the equally compelling argument that it’s what you do when doing it doesn’t matter.

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[A review from first-time TQP contributor Dave Braak, who is not the same person as regular braak, who is me. — braak]

I just finished reading Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. As with many stories, some parts were good, and some parts were not so good. I would like to talk about what it was about, and what I think it should have been about; about what it focused on, and what would have made for a more compelling focus. There are some SPOILERS AHEAD, and if you would rather read the book yourself, and would prefer it not to be SPOILED, please do not continue.
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Brass Knuckle Books

Posted: August 19, 2011 in Braak
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Brass Knuckle Books

The World Leader in Weaponized Reading Material

Maybe you’ve heard of this crazy lady who responded very poorly to a review of her book.  Maybe you haven’t.  If you haven’t, here’s the upshot:  some people are crazy and respond poorly to negative reviews. 

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I know, right?

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(Today, I review things from the past; this is because I do not always get the new books, and sometimes have to read things I find in the bookstore.)

Unholy Ghosts
Stacia Kane

Urban Fantasy is a hard genre to be impressive with, especially without resorting to the Creeping Body Count. This is what makes Stacia Kane’s startlingly unique and darkly fascinating Unholy Ghosts — the first in her Downside Ghosts series — such a refreshing surprise.

The premise of the series is this: some time, roughly twenty or so years ago, all the dead came back to earth as ghosts for a week, and tried to kill all the living. Of the many churches, cults, and magicians in our world, only one of them turned out to have the actual, real right answers – the ability to put the ghosts back where they belonged.

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