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.
I love what other authors have to say about the writing process. How about you? What books of advice do you have on your shelves? Why are they there? Any books you didn't like? Feel free to extend this out to blogs, too. I'm curious: where do you get your advice, and why?