July 28, 2011

American on Purpose **

** American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson, 2009

My Tue-Sat morning routine is to grab the iPad and watch the previous nights Late Late Show while I make and eat breakfast. In my humble but accurate opinion, he's the only late night talk show guy worth watching.

So I put his biography on my BoxedUp list and ended up with two copies at Xmas. I rated it as two stars not because it's bad. It's an interesting read and well written, but not a must-read by any stretch. But if you're a CraigyFerg fan, it's worth picking up.

July 21, 2011

No Way to Treat a First Lady **

** No Way to Treat a First Lady, Christopher Buckley, 2003

Could it be that I'm over Buckley? I have found the last two clever, but no longer engaging. Erudite, sophisticated, but no heart. Well, one must eat the chicken and spit out the bones. I'll keep sampling and see if things change.

July 16, 2011


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The next issue has a link to a free PDF advance reader copy of What Would Jesus Drink?


July 15, 2011


All Christy award winners or finalists, at long last the Fred books are available on Amazon for the Kindle for $2.99 each. That's a ton of Fred for $9!

In the next few weeks we'll also release Nook and iPad versions.

Here are the Kindle links.

If you've ever held a Fred book in your hand, you know that B&H went the extra mile with high-quality covers (Living with Fred has an embossed cover) and graphics in the chapter headings. To preserve the high-quality reading experience even in ebook form, I hired a beKindling gnome to work his otherwordly magic.

We couldn't emboss the covers, of course, but the graphics from the print versions are there, along with some new elements. The books take full advantage of the Kindle navigation tools, including skipping through chapters with the left/right navigation buttons. And of course, as with any Kindle book, you can download a sample before you buy.

You also get extras, such as discussion guides for readers groups, and a peek at three chapters from the next book at the end of each. The end of Escape to Fred has three chapters from my novel-in-progress, Muffin Man, planned for an ebook release in 2012.

And you can still get physical Fred books. Signed print copies make a great gift and are available through SignedByTheAuthor.com. Yep, I really sign them myself. Ha!

Of course, you can always get a used copy on Amazon for a penny plus shipping. At least you can get WtF and LwF for a penny. Looks like right now you'll have to shell out at least #2.91 plus shipping for EfF, which is only fair, since it's the best one. ;-)

I don't get any money from used copies, but I get a new reader, and I'm cool with that. Spread the Fred word.

July 14, 2011

The Hawkline Monster *

* The Hawkline Monster, Richard Brautigan, 1974

I'll give you the good stuff first. Several good turns of phrase and it was short, so I didn't waste that much time reading it.

I don't remember who recommended this book to me, so I can't hunt them down and thrash them severely about the head and shoulders with it. Plus, it probably wouldn't do any good, anyway since it's a lightweight paperback.

I've been familiar with the name because of the book Trout Fishing in America, but never read any of his stuff. Based on this sampling, I won't read another anytime soon. The cover blurb says The Hawkline Monster is "by far the best-selling of any of Richard Brautigan's books." OK.

While there is the occasional serendipitous turn of phrase, such as "[she] slipped like a grape peeling off her horse and into the arms of the woman," most of the writing was unremarkable. Much more telling than showing. Weird and quirky things seemingly tossed in randomly to artificially inject interest. Development of a whole plot line that is abandoned without explanation. Using the ability of the monster to manipulate thoughts to inject gratuitous, unmotivated sex. Random complications shoehorned in to delay forward momentum, evidently to build suspense, unsuccessfully, in my case.

And, when you come down to it, just a dumb storyline. Perhaps I'm a philistine, but I'm not seeing the genius, here.

July 10, 2011


Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea.

We interrupt our regular programming to announce a complete redesign of BradWhittington.com with the aesthetic assistance of The Number One Son. I'll be doing minor tweaks in the days and weeks to come, so if you find something broken, let me know.

For those who are interested but as yet uninformed, you can also catch me on Twitter @BradWhitt and also FaceBook.

I'm considering launching another blog with a different focus, probably about the time that What Would Jesus Drink? is released. More on that later.

July 7, 2011

The Career Novelist ***

*** The Career Novelist, Donald Maass, 1996

There are two things wrong with this book, and they both have to do with the date at the end of the above line.

The first, and main one, is how long it took me to read it. If I had read it when it came out, it would have been a lot better. I would have had a better understanding of the industry (which was surprisingly hard to come by in the last century) and would have annoyed fewer people. Perhaps.

The other thing is that I'm no longer looking to scale the mountain of traditional publishing. This is the year of the indie author. It's the year when electronic publishing, the hype dream of the last few decades, finally pushed its way to the front of the line, with more sales of e-books than p-books.

As a result, while the advice in the book is good, most of it no longer applies to me. Alas and alack. But if you're looking to get traditionally published, this book is definitely worth your time to read, no question.