That was the first word; now for the first book. Sheila over at Book Journey is celebrating the first book of the year with a great bunch of readers who are all excited to be starting a new year and a new book. I decided the one I would start today is one I won on a giveaway at Goodreads. I never win anything. Well, once I was holding a raffle ticket for my brother at my dad's corporate Christmas party and it was the winning number. I call it my only ever win even though the prize was a football and I had to hand it over to my brother as soon as he turned up again. Goodreads, if you weren't aware, have giveaways in which you can win copies of (mostly Goodreads) author's works, with what I guess is their hope you will read and review them. I won Dean Blake's Surface Children: short stories which introduce their readers to 'a generation consumed by vanity, self-indulgence, violence and a twisted understanding of love and heartbreak'. I entered the giveaway for this particular book because it seems to share a similar conversation to Chuck Palahniuk's, and so, in the interest of another perspective of the topics in Chuck that interest me for my PhD, I am excited to turn to page one today and see what Dean has to say on the issue of the consumer-driven, I-centric world we live in. Alternatively, I have been thinking of making my PhD an answer to the question Margaret Atwood asked recently: if vampires and zombies have become the good guys, who in this world now takes the place of the 'monster'. Oddly, I have a theory that maybe the answer may be in the same place—the vain, the violent and the self-indulgent Everyman. Mmmm, cheery. Happy New Year, happy new book.
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