Sunday, June 14, 2015

Author Behaving Awesomely: Joe Basara

With all of the authors behaving badly, I thought I'd highlight an author that responded very well to what was ultimately not a positive review.

The book in question was Cypress Lake and it was written by Joe Basara.


It ended up not floating my boat (sorry, couldn't resist the pun) and I left a rather lukewarm review. Joe was incredibly understanding about what I wrote and he admitted that he knew that the book wouldn't have an exceedingly wide appeal. I know that my biggest issue was that it was a bit slow and as someone who didn't grow up in the era I just didn't get some of the references and topics. (A co-worker of mine had read the book and loved it, so that's proof that the book has merit.)

He was so wonderful about everything that I've remembered his name years down the road and I'd even written about him back in 2012. I'm a little sad to see that he hasn't published anything since 2012, when he released Sale Day at C Mart and Fred's Golden Years.

I'm not sure what he's up to now (a Google search doesn't bring up much), but I hope that he's doing well.

In the meantime I'd recommend that you check out his books and keep this in mind: impressions, both good and bad, leave lasting memories. In the case of Joe Basara, it's a good one.

4 comments:

  1. I think i'll give the book a try!

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  2. I would love for you to check out my blog :) I think you'd like it! I post stories if you want to distract away from everything for a while!

    http://take-a-read.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I'm reading Parting Butterflies. The choice to use American country slang is an interesting one and one that I like since the speech is colorful and brings up a distinct image for the most part. The only downfall is that this seems like it was taken from a book so you don't get as good of a feeling of the characters as I'd like.

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