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Alex C. Telander was born in 1979 in Málaga, on the south coast of Spain, where he lived for the first nineteen years of his life, attending an English high school. He started writing with a vested interest at the age of fifteen with short stories both for class and for personal enjoyment. In his last few years at his high school, he started his own newspaper, the St. Anthony’s Gazette, where he published some of his stories, as well as a wealth of other material that he mostly wrote for the paper. At the time, he also had an interest in marine biology. With a love for America and its ways, he attended San José State University, in San José, California, majoring in biology with a concentration in marine biology. Deciding this wasn’t as concentrated as he wanted, he transferred to Long Beach State, where they offered a marine biology major. It was at the end of the first semester that he decided marine biology and, realistically, the math and physics wasn’t for him, and he would be honest and follow his real passion, creative writing.
He took a number of writing classes with many talented professors, working closely under Lisa Glatt (author of A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That and The Apple’s Bruise: Stories) and Brian Alan Lane (author of Cat and Mouse: Mind Games With a Serial Killer, as well as being a well-connected and respected writer in Hollywood). He also worked for four years at the student-run newspaper, the Long Beach Union, starting as a staff writer, then News Editor, Literature Editor (which he created, getting contacts and requesting review copies from publishers), Associate Editor, and in his last year as Editor-in-Chief. Apart from various articles and book reviews, he had some short prose pieces and poetry published in the creative arts section.
Alex is a writer, book reviewer, and interviewer. He’s been seriously writing for about fifteen years, starting when he was a teenager. He has finished three novels: a young adult fantasy (which he will self-publish in summer of 2012), a mystery/thriller which he is shopping around to agents, and a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel he recently finished, the first in a four-book series. He is currently working on a big historical fiction epic set in fifth century Britain called Wyrd (which is Anglo-Saxon for “fate”). Alex is also a reading addict, finishing an average of 100 books in the last three years, and reviews just about everything he finishes. In addition to reviewing for the San Francisco Book Review and the Sacramento Book Review, he puts all his reviews up on his website, BookBanter. BookBanter began as a dream that became a reality: you can now find more than fifty exclusive interviews on the site, both audio and written, as well as more than 600 book reviews.
Alex also records audiobooks for Librivox, a full listing of which you can find on the BookBanter site. There’s also the BookBanter Column and, of course, the BookBanter Blog. In his spare time – when he’s not writing or reading – he likes to hang out with friends and family, watch incessant amounts of genre TV, and play the MMO Lord of the Rings Online. To get in touch with Alex, just shoot him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
on June 02, 2012 :
Not bad, some are better than others but all in all a good book.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 16, 2012 :
I found this to be a very good book. And would recommend it to anyone.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 26, 2012 :
I approached this book with a little trepidation, because the author has been a GoodReads friend for a number of years. What say I hate it? What say I think he's a dreadful writer and should have given up years ago? What say I go into an overly critical mode of reading because I'm like my grandfather who so refused to play favourites that when he was teacher to his own son (in a small country school some 70 years ago) he treated him abominably?
I have to confess that I channeled my grandfather for a while (and Grandpa, if you're reading this, I just want you to know that I understand your motivation and who-you-were, and it's all in the past, and I remember you with a great deal of love, and yes I feel your presence around me from time to time and my psychic friend Yolanda [name changed for purposes of privacy] tells me she often 'sees' you near me) and I read uber-critically. Not good, Kathleen. Not necessary. And I hate reading reviews where people pick the book (or movie or artwork) apart. I have to wonder where all that vitriol comes from (and you've got to agree with me that some negative reviews are downright nasty), or what gives someone the right to be so horribly condescending. So I started reading again.
Okay then, here's my honest opinion in three parts:
1) I really like the way each short story is followed by some author's notes - these help the reader see the stories as a development of the author's writing
2) I found the writing style rather pedantic in a number of the stories. Some words and phrases were redundant and disturbed the flow for me, and there was an occasional grammatical incongruity.
3) Despite not having been a fan of horror stories since I was in my teens (a long time ago, though not as long ago as when my grandfather was harassing my uncle), I enjoyed the ones in this collection (especially 'Blood is the Life', & 'Midnight'). Telander does a plot twist very nicely and his build-ups of suspense really work.
The Wild West ghost story is quite fun too ('Westville'), and the one about the boy and his neighbour ('The Bad Place') which captures boyhood really well. Of the 2 stories in the sci-fi genre, I didn't feel the "voice" of 'Connecting' quite worked, but 'Suspect in Interrogation Room One' rang true.
I'm not so sure about 'Kyra' but I very much enjoyed the sneak peek at the upcoming thriller 'Nothing is an Accident'.
All in all, I'm looking forward to this author's next publication and will read it without any pre-reading nerves.
(reviewed long after purchase)