Novelist Tom Perrotta sat down with George Stroumboulos to discuss his book The Leftovers, which was adapted into an HBO television series and will air on June 29. Perrotta begins by saying even though the idea of people vanishing into thin air might sound suspiciously like the Christian idea of the Rapture, he insists that there’s no religious framework in the novel and his characters struggle with whether or not the disappearance is a mundane or spiritual event. Even though he’s not religious, Perrotta says the idea of the Rapture and other apocalyptic thinking fascinates him because those events are meant to “clarify things” and is a symbol of the “ultimate justice” in the world where the “good” are rewarded and the “bad” are punished severely for their crimes.
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Eight months ago, reclusive American author Donna Tartt sat down with BBC News Night to discuss her Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Goldfinch. In the interview, Tartt admits that she’s one of those authors who can write “anywhere” and says that she wrote a lot of the chapters for Goldfinch in her local library. After all, if you need character inspiration, all you have to do is look up and people watch for a bit, Tartt points out. She also jokes that she’s “obsessed” with writing and will sit down to write every single day. Even though most of what she puts down are just “scraps” of whatever story she’s currently working on, she states proudly that she’s been writing for 21 years and doesn’t see it as a sacrifice because writing is something she loves to do. However, she does admit to its drawbacks.
This is an excellent interview that gives a good glimpse into her writing process and style. And who knows? Her comments may even inspire upcoming authors to head to the library and finally finish that manuscript.
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Thanks to pop culture, which has seen reality television shows such as Ghost Hunters and Long Island Medium skyrocket to fame, it seems as if everyone and their next-door neighbor is obsessed with finding the truth about whether or not there’s an ‘Afterlife.’ David Edison’s debut novel The Waking Engine confronts this theme by toying around with the notion of life, death, and the big question: If there’s truly an afterlife, what is it like?
Contrary to what the ‘Big Three’ monotheistic religions preach, death is not the end. In The Waking Engine, once you leave this plane of existence, you simply wake up as yourself in any one of the millions of worlds in the Universe. Then you simply live out your life, and when you ‘die’ again, the process repeats until the souls can make it to the City Unspoken, which houses the gateway to True Death. There’s only one problem—the gateway’s acting up. It’s up to a very confused, recently deceased New Yorker named Cooper to navigate this bizarre city that houses not only deities in disguise but also angels, faeries, and queens as he races against time to figure out why the gateway’s not working properly.
Edison’s debut novel takes popular themes about the nature of life and death and turns them on their head. His rich prose and fascinating settings allow the readers to become fully immersed in the world of the City Unspoken as well as feel the characters’ fears of the madness that threatens to destroy their world. Edison’s writing is a refreshing breath of fresh air for the sci-fi fantasy genre and is sure to win him new fans.
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