It was my first taste of science-fiction, for one -- okay, sure, I'd seen (and adored) Star Wars and Transformers and all the expected sci-fi of my youth. But none of it was mature, transgressive, nor did they carry the power intrinsic to the genre. They were fantasies of a sort. "The Veldt" was no such fantasy.
So, talk to me. Make some recommendations. What would I like? What fantasy is out there -- now or from the past -- that operates outside the comfort zone and does something new instead of regurgitating all the same old tropes and archetypes and hero-plot piffle?
Let's assume that now that the holidays have largely come and gone, folks have received e-readers aplenty. I don't have data on this, but I'm guessing it's true -- I bet the Kindles were flying out of the Amazon warehouses. Seems like a good time to revisit the books you read this year.
Internet Ubermeister John Scalzi said, "Hey, come here to parade your traditionally-published books, come here to parade your self-pub works, come here to tell us about your other awesome arts and crafts." Awesome for him to open his blog that way. Here I'm reminded -- hey, I have not done that in a while.
This tale of "The Five" -- Nomad, Ariel, Mike, Terry, and Berke -- takes those same trips down dark alleys, concerning itself less with a mechanical thriller-slash-horror plot and more with the nature of these characters and the power and madness of rock-n'-roll in this day and age. THE FIVE is McCammon's ULYSSES.