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“Good Sex, Great Prayers” Deemed So Offensive It’s Unreadable (or: how to be a lazy reviewer)

My publisher put me on something called a blog tour. I guess the deal is that they provide the books and all these “reviewer” cats have to do is write something about what they read. In all honestly, I had never heard of any of these people. Didn’t seem like they had big followings compared to places like Booked. or Shock Totem, but I was interested to see the reaction of people who had never heard of me and were outside my circle. Anyway…earlier today my publisher sent me an interesting read, the blog tour notes courtesy of Naomi Leadbeater. Enjoy:

GSGP blog tour notes

A couple things before I get to the real meat of this.

First, my villains act like villains. If they made your skin crawl or twisted your stomach like a wet towel–hey, guess what–I did my job. I did my job so damn well it manifested in physical sense.

Regarding a change in cover and title: how do you think this works? That some blogger suggests this major change and the publisher just hops to it? Are we supposed to recall every print edition of the book and make those changes along with the aforementioned disclaimer? I hope to Christ my publisher didn’t pay you for this sort of input.

But let’s get back to that disclaimer issue. Naomi says: “It needs a disclaimer, while the synopsis was well written, it still gave me the impression I could read it — which I definitely couldn’t.”

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Advanced Review of BURNT TONGUES from Booklist

Burnt TonguesAs most of you know, a very special anthology is coming out courtesy of Mr. Chuck Palahniuk and the crew behind The Cult entitled Burnt Tongues. Twenty transgressive stories by twenty authors that were submitted and vetted through Chuck’s workshop–Burnt Tongues represents the cream of the crop, hand-selected by Chuck himself. We now have our first advanced review from Booklist:

Despite its little-heralded status in literary circles, the counterculture genre known as “transgressive”fiction, wherein the author and/or protagonist bucks social conventions by violating one or more taboos,actually has a rather illustrious history.  Classic novels such as Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment,featuring the murderous Raskolnikov, for instance, can be categorized as transgressive fiction.  In thiscollection of 20 contemporary short stories, lead editor Palahniuk makes certain each piece qualifies as anexample of both first-rate craftsmanship and something that pushes the envelope of social acceptability. InNeil Krolicki’s opening tale, “Live This Down,” three humiliated high school girls plot their suicides usinga poison gas recipe gleaned from the Internet.  An animal shelter technician in Chris Lewis Carter’s“Charlie” recognizes the tortured cat someone drops off as one he himself abused when it was a kitten.Matt Egan’s “A Vodka Kind of Girl” recounts the sad fate of a calorie-counting, bulimic woman. Anyonelooking for boundary-breaking tales that also pack a haunting, powerful punch will find hours ofentertainment here.  —— Carl Hays

Burnt Tongues comes out August 12th. You can purchase it HERE.

GOOD SEX, GREAT PRAYERS Triple-Post: Release Party, Book Club, and a NEW Review!

GSGP DigBostonShit’s getting a little bit crazy right about now. First off, Good Sex, Great Prayers had its third review published over at DigBoston today courtesy of Mr. Tony McMillen (author of Nefarious Twit…which you should definitely check out). Here’s a little excerpt:

“This is Brandon Tietz’s second novel but with its confident, mostly unadorned voice, you could think it’s his fourth or fifth. Because this is knockout storytelling. It knows when to dazzle but it knows when to relent as well. When to relax and invite you back in and ultimately, it knows how to lean in for a kiss before tearing your face clean off. It’s the one of the most enjoyable and effortlessly seductive books I’ve read in quite some time.”

You can read the full review by clicking HERE.

Next, the thread for book club went live over at LitReactor. For those of you not familiar with how book club works, it’s basically like a regular book club only you have the advantage of having the author on hand to field questions. All you need to do is start a LitReactor account (which is free) and a copy of Good Sex, Great Prayers. Discussion will officially begin in May. Any topic is fair game.

Visit the official book club thread HERE.

Finally, the release party for the book is happening soon–April 11th, to be exact. Here are the details of the event:

Part 1: Signing at Tannin Wine Bar (1526 Walnut St.) from 5-8pm

I’ll be selling signed editions for $20. Supplies are limited, so it’s better to show up close to 5:00 to ensure you get one. Another reason to get there early is because Tannin’s happy hour special will end at 6:00; up until then you can get half off apps and 25% off beers and wines by the glass. FYI: this is the only part of the night I’ll be signing/selling books. After this, any remaining stock will be put away.

Part 2: Happy Hour at Pizza Bar in the Power & Light District from 8-11pm

There will be specials on wells, beers, and apps. There will NOT be specials on shots, but shots I shall have.

Part 3: End Game at Aura (3832 Main) from 11pm-3am

I’ll be hosting with my very good friend, Mr. Rob Marrs. We’re going to get white girl wasted.

RSVP on Facebook by going HERE.

BUY THE BOOK!!

 

“Good Sex, Great Prayers” Reviewed by Booked. Podcast

GSGP Booked.If you’re not familiar with Booked., they’re an award-winning podcast hosted by Livius Nedin and Robb Olson…and one of the two shows I listen to when I’m being a treadmill rat at the gym. I always felt like the authors being covered by this show became part of an exclusive club, so I was thrilled that Livius and Robb took the time to read a.) a 450-page book (which is much longer in comparison to what they usually read) and b.) a book heavy on the religious themes (they’re both non-religious, so I can see how anything with “Christian” in it can be a bit of a turn-off). I myself am an atheist…something I found advantageous during the writing of the project because I didn’t have any sort of faith influencing me when it came to contrasting Christianity and…y’know…the other faith in the novel.

The thing I really loved about this review (and previous reviews of other books) is that it went far beyond “this is what we liked…this is what we didn’t like…here’s the rating.” Robb and Livius actually take the time to delve into theory and give their own respective interpretations about things. It’s kinda like listening to a book club discussion between two people.

For those of you that have read Good Sex, Great Prayers, this episode brings up a lot of interesting questions, especially when it comes to genre. I’m still wrestling with the whole Christian-erotica vs. erotic horror vs. transgressive erotica labels. It’s already out now, so I leave it up to the reader as to which bucket they want to put it in.

And for those of you who haven’t read the novel yet, this is an excellent primer beyond reading the synopsis and the few samples that are available online. I’ve been careful not to post any spoilers…perhaps too much so, and Robb and Livius do a fantastic job of providing intrigue without totally blowing the plot’s cover.

Without a doubt, my absolute favorite part of the show is hearing the guys read various excerpts–especially those from Billy Burke (bar none my favorite character to write in my 10+ years of writing). It was a fucking treat to listen to. You can bet your ass I’ll be reading tons of Billy at AWP in Minneapolis next year.

A big thanks to Robb and Livius for giving this book a chance…I will be sure to send over my next one, which will be much shorter and much less religious–I promise.

Buy the book HERElisten to the episode HERE.