Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mason's Book Picks: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Next up in Mason’s Book Picks: Something Wicked This WayComes – Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury is an unstoppable rebel force of writerly awesome. There is no past tense when referring to Ray Bradbury because he lives forever. (Kind of like Yoda.)

If you've never read Something Wicked This Way Comes, stop what you're doing and go buy this book.

This was one of the first books where I understood for a writer how deep the love of language could go.

I was lucky enough to read it when I was about 12 or 13 (the age of the protagonists in the story). But there's no time like right now to read it for the first time. Go buy it folks.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Short Story Up: The Flesh Trader

Hey peoples of the interwebz.

My award winning short story "The Flesh Trader" is in this week's Las Vegas Citylife Magazine.

(Page 13, wonderfully)

You can read the e-version here:


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Mason’s Book Picks: The Postman

I read a compulsively.

Some of you know what I'm talking about.
At the breakfast table I read the cereal boxes, front back and sides.

When I’m sitting in the doctor’s office or waiting for an oil change I pick up any old magazine, regardless of whether I care about the contents. (Sports Illustrated and Redbook come to mind)

And because I share the house with three members of the female persuasion (four if you count the cat) I have read any number of chick lit and mommy memoirs (as well as marketing books and children’s picture books).

I also read a lot of books by choice. But it’s those rare few books that I will go out of my way to recommend to others.

These are the books that had a powerful impact in some way or another on my very inner being. Some are books from my formative years, some I only recently was introduced to. Either way, Mason’s Book Picks will be a running off-the-top-of-my-head list of those books which influenced me as a writer and as a person.

They are in no particular order, honestly. I’m shooting from the hip here.

First up: The Postman by David Brin

I only recently discovered this book in my wife’s collection. I remembered seeing the trailers for the movie back in the day but never saw it. I’m glad I didn’t, because cracking open this brilliant dystopic novel sight-unseen was an incredible experience.

The writing captivated me with it’s almost Philip K. Dick-esque noir terseness. And the battle of ideals and ideas was very enthralling.

Look out next week or so when I throw another Mason’s Book Pick at you.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday Funny: Nom Nom Babies

Somewhere in the surprising and astonishing universe is a space-time nexus where people of Walmart and Uruk-Hai and circus contortionists and smart cars and lobster babies and Sarah Palin meet.

This nexus is called Nom Nom Babies