Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tops on Mitch's Lit List...

(the first & last in the series pictured here)

#1) The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. A seven book epic story written over the course of more than two decades. When I finish a book, either one I've read, or one I've written, I experience a sense of nostalgic loss, wishing the story of characters I loved could go on forever. This series is the closest experience toward that wish fulfillment I have ever encountered. How can I convey my feelings most adequately? If I was on my deathbed and could only reread one book (I'm being greedy and stalling for time; it is a seven book adventure) I would wish to have my previous memory of The Dark Tower Series erased so that I might reread this epic story with the freshness of first time experience once more.

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Number Two on Mitch's Lit List...

(first in the series pictured here)

#2) A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin. A multibook dark fantasy epic, with several books still unwritten, creating an even deeper more multileveled fantasy world than Tolkien. In my own fantasy trilogy, Destiny's Circle, even though it is a young adult novel, it more closely emulates Martin's violent, merciless intensity than any other fantasy writer.
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Number 3 On Mitch's List of Five Fav Reads!

#3) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien succeeds as the creator of one of the most unique, complex worlds of a mythic fantasy. His writing has endured and still excels more than a half century later. I first read his trilogy, prefaced by The Hobbit, when I was eighteen, and this is another story I will keep rereading at least once a decade.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mitch Lits: Number 4 on his top 5 list!

#4) The Time Traveler's Wife byAudrey Niffenegger. A paranormal romance that succeeded big time as a bestselling mainstream novel. This is the book that I hope to emulate in my own fashion with Golden Eyebrows, my attempt at a mainstream thriller/paranormal romance, first draft of which I completed in November 2008 as my NaNoWriMo entry.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mitch Lit's Recommends...

#5) Martin Eden by Jack London. Published in 1909--how amazing is that! A semi-autobiographical account, in fiction form, of a young man struggling to raise his station in life and succeed as a famous writer against insurmountable odds. I first read this in college, and reread it at least once a decade. One hundred years old, and still the most inspirational book about writing I have ever read.
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Editor's note: come back next week to see Mitch's #4 fav!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Author Visit: Sybil Rosen

You meet someone and it just clicks. That's how it was about a year ago when first time I met Sybil Rosen (pictured on the left with her friend and CCWC member, Claire Baker). She's an award-winning author, screenwriter, playwright, and amazingly warm, sincere, talented and giving woman.

She spoke again at our meeting yesterday. Her book Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley having just been released by UNT Press in September, she shared with us a bit about both the experience of writing the book and having it published.

I encourage each of you to Google Sybil Rosen and get a sense of her accomplishments. I would also urge you to take a moment to look at where it is in your life, in your person, in your being and embrace that place where you carry your light.

We all have it. Some of us just emit it a bit more than others.

Thanks to Sybil, yesterday was a little brighter. And today…

Diana Black

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Judi Presnell Recommends These Reads

Peace Like A River, a novel by Leif Enger, is a National Bestseller that takes you on a journey spawned by tragedy but leads you on an adventurous path of intrique, healing, and love.

Peace Like a River is told through the eyes of an 11-yr-old family member, but the story would touch the soul of any age reader. One message points to the blessings of family, faith, and friends when the enemy is in hot pursuit, a message that can be internalized and help the reader in the future when life may seem unsurmountable. I recommend this book for adults/young adults, but teens would enjoy the story as well.

I have yet to see how this intriguing story ends, but I'm looking forward to knowing the "whole" story while feeling sad that the story will soon come to a close. Books like this are a treasure!

Traveling Mercies, a National Bestseller, by Anne Lamott, who was born of mixed-race parents, tells her story of family life, confusion, God, and yes, even her dreadlocks. Laughter and tears will catch you unexpectedly. Though you may not have walked in her shoes, you will empathize with how she feels in her quest to make sense of her faith and life in general. A few spicey 4- or 5-letter words are included but are relevant to her story. Her exuberance, tenderness, and cantankerousness will captivate you. This book will get you to think while you soak in her actions and predicaments! This is a wonderful book if you are trying to "sort out" life a bit yourself!

--Judi Presnell