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Re: James Newman

Post by Shiney on Thu May 05, 2011 7:27 pm

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Post by Kenwood on Sat May 07, 2011 10:59 pm

Just got A Fistful of Zombies and Revenge Flick! in the mail. Nice fucking autograph page! lol

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Re: James Newman

Post by JNewman on Sun May 08, 2011 6:19 pm

Kenwood wrote:Nice fucking autograph page! lol

LOL!!!!!

I'd actually forgotten about that . . . I don't even have my copies yet.



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Re: James Newman

Post by Kenwood on Mon May 16, 2011 4:03 pm

So this is pretty sweet. The Red Hand certificate I got was for a hardcover and and ARC of Master of the Moors. For some reason, I'd read it as I'd won a hardcover ARC. So that was a nice surprise. =)

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Re: James Newman

Post by Tall Tyrion on Mon May 16, 2011 4:58 pm

Buy a lottery ticket! lol

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Re: James Newman

Post by Kenwood on Mon May 23, 2011 2:16 am

Just finished Midnight Rain. What a great fucking book! Seriously. Had a nice old-school feel to it. I loved it!

There were some "first-novel flaws," but nothing ridiculous. Better that 95% of the other small-press stuff out there. My biggest complaint would be the the stuttering dialogue. You know, "B-but...he s-said w-we..." and so on. A little too much of that. And of course it's a racist book, so that part sucked. Haha. Kidding. Really, the stuttering stuff was the only think that bugged me. The rest was great.

I thought I had it figured out as soon as I read the back cover, expected it to be predictable, but then after I started reading I decided I didn't know. Then about three quarters of the way through I went back to thinking what I originally thought. But I was actually surprised it didn't go there. I was a little surprised at the end, to be honest. Certain parts were unexpected, so that was a nice surprise. And the very end was almost poetic. And I loved who he named his son after. Great stuff, bro!

Too bad I waited so long to read it.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Mon May 23, 2011 10:43 am

I loved that book. Seriously. I'm way into old school, and it reminded me a lot of Robert McCammon and a little bit of Ray Bradbury.

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Re: James Newman

Post by JNewman on Mon May 23, 2011 1:11 pm

Thanks a lot, guys.

I appreciate the honest review, Ken. I agree 100% on the stuttering stuff -- I'm not sure why every character in my early work sounded like a scratched LP recording of a young Bill Denbrough from IT suffering from Parkinson's while riding a Harley on a bad piece of road. LOL!

As for the "racist" comment, I assume you're referring to a post I made a few weeks ago on Facebook? Smile



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Post by Kenwood on Mon May 23, 2011 2:26 pm

JNewman wrote:Thanks a lot, guys.

I appreciate the honest review, Ken. I agree 100% on the stuttering stuff -- I'm not sure why every character in my early work sounded like a scratched LP recording of a young Bill Denbrough from IT suffering from Parkinson's while riding a Harley on a bad piece of road. LOL!

As for the "racist" comment, I assume you're referring to a post I made a few weeks ago on Facebook? Smile



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Of course! Haha. That book was clearly ANTI-racist. Like I said, the name Kyle gives his child says it all. It's a beautiful ending to the book. Anyone assuming the racist characters in the book represent the book—or worse, you—needs to be diddled with a pipe cleaner.

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Re: James Newman

Post by Tall Tyrion on Mon May 23, 2011 2:44 pm

Rule 34 is in effect here.

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Re: James Newman

Post by JNewman on Mon May 23, 2011 2:56 pm

Right on, Ken. Thanks again, bro!

Tall Tyrion wrote:Rule 34 is in effect here.


Explain?



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Re: James Newman

Post by Tall Tyrion on Mon May 23, 2011 3:57 pm

Rule 34: If it exists, there is porn of it.

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Re: James Newman

Post by Kenwood on Mon May 23, 2011 4:16 pm

Explain further. Haha.

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Re: James Newman

Post by Tall Tyrion on Mon May 23, 2011 7:03 pm

Not a chance... lol

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Re: James Newman

Post by JNewman on Fri May 27, 2011 5:39 pm

Just a quick heads-up, something I thought my pals here on the 'Totem might be interested in:

Wanted to let you guys know that I'm having a little giveaway over on my Facebook page. If you leave a Comment under my current Status telling me your favorite as well as least favorite thing I've written to date, you'll be entered in a drawing (6/20) for a chance to win the signed manuscript (handwritten edits, illegible scribbles and all) of my new novella, OLDEN.



Thanks for your support!


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Re: James Newman

Post by Shiney on Fri May 27, 2011 6:02 pm

Is that title a nod to the might 16 HORSEPOWER?

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Re: James Newman

Post by JNewman on Fri May 27, 2011 6:09 pm

Weird! Dude, would you believe I never even thought about that at all . . . but maybe it was, subconsciously?



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Re: James Newman

Post by Kenwood on Fri May 27, 2011 6:21 pm

JNewman wrote:Weird! Dude, would you believe I never even thought about that at all . . . but maybe it was, subconsciously?

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Re: James Newman

Post by Shiney on Fri May 27, 2011 6:21 pm

that is one of my favorite albums from them...ironically their last and devoid of any "fresh" material...still I know how you dig them so I just assumed thats where the name came from. Smile

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Re: James Newman

Post by markgunnells on Sat May 28, 2011 8:30 pm

A few years back, I made a post on a message board about my love of coming-of-age type novels like Boy's Life by McCammon, The Bottoms and A Fine Dark Line by Lansdale, and asked for some recommendations. At least a dozen people recommended Midnight Rain by James Newman. I got it, read it, and instantly knew I was in the hands of a storytelling master. I systematically bought up every bit of Newman fiction I could get my hands on. I'm happy to see this shaping up to be a good year for him. Finally Animosity has been released, and it is sincerely one of the best books I've read in years. Gripping and gut-wrenching, and all too frighteningly plausible. Also he released REVENGE FLICK! which is a hell of a fun ride that I think will delight readers.

SO long story short--too late--James kicks ass and I'm happy to know him. Laughing

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Re: James Newman

Post by JNewman on Sat May 28, 2011 11:15 pm

Thanks a bunch, Mark. You know how much your support means to me. At least, I hope you do by now.



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Re: James Newman

Post by markgunnells on Sat May 28, 2011 11:20 pm

I'm happy to spread the word about such a talented guy. And I swear I'm not cyber stalking you, James. John Boden invited me on here. lol

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Re: James Newman

Post by JNewman on Sat May 28, 2011 11:25 pm

Uh-huh.



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Re: James Newman

Post by JNewman on Sat May 28, 2011 11:26 pm

All joking aside: John's such a great guy. We met several years ago on a message board that I don't think even exists anymore. I can't wait to finally meet him in person at Horrorfind in a few months . . . .



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Re: James Newman

Post by JNewman on Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:21 am

Just wanted to drop in and let everyone know that my new novella, OLDEN, is now available for pre-order:

http://www.darkfuse.com/OLDEN-by-James-Newman-Limited-Edition-HC.html


I had a blast with this one. Sorta my take on the whole zombie craze, but without a single "zombie" in sight.


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