Monday, September 12, 2005

DINGO, the novel

Recently, a buddy e-mailed me his first novel. This, of course, is a dreadful thing, because one can't just start reading it, stop, drift away. No matter how awful, you have to finish the damn story so you can speak knowledgeably about whatever --

Hey. It's good.

No, not good. Finished-it-in-a-day-great.

It's currently out to agents, but that may well be a futile thing. Michael Alan Nelson's Dingo starts like a sex/drugs/rock&roll road trip story, swings through violent-revenge Lee Childs territory on its way to ... a steady realization, artfully built, that his character's world is a little more "off" than we first thought. (To say any more is to ruin the delight of the choices) Suit humans would only be frightened by Nelson's relentless refusal to be pigeonholed. A smart publisher won't be.

Inspired by writers who've done the like (and because he is, I think, an old-fahioned "tell it anyway anyhow" storyteller) Mike's posting a chapter-a-week in blog format. You can start reading Dingo here. Hang out for a few weeks, you will dig it.

14 comments:

1031 said...

Pretty good opening. I definitely want to read more. I hope a publisher picks it up.

Anonymous said...

Your buddy should consider one of those self publishing print-on-demand services!

pamb said...

Not to take away from Dingo, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR JOHN,HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!

Rogers said...

Damn you, Pam. DAAAMNNNN YOOOOUUU!

bendavid said...

That's one crazy fucking opening chapter. Also, and much less important, happy birthday.

m1k3y said...

book looks way cool.. should serialize it on suicidegirls or something?

oh, and happy birthday man..

writergurl said...
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writergurl said...

Happy birfday to ewe
Happy birfday to ewe
Happy Birfday, Jooohhnnn
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:)

Sylph said...

I can't wait to see where this novel goes.. thanx for the positive review!!

Anonymous said...

Just a quick thank-you for pointing to "Dingo." I'm fascinated by the idea of blog-serializing a novel. Didn't know if anyone was doing it, although it was a safe bet that someone else had thought of it.

Anyhow, thanks.

-- JCN

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