Guys, I know I know, you've been seeing a lot of guest posts here (and give aways *smiles*). That's because I have been extremeeeeely busy the last few weeks with work, family and yeah. . . yeah. . . what else, of course reading. I have actually drafted some of my book reviews (see list in my side bar) and I *promise* I will finalize them by next week (my much awaited 1-week vacation - SUPER yay).
Have you thought about your New Year's resolution? Me, hmm not yet. It's only a few hours here before 1 January 2011, so please welcome my last guest author for the year 2010.
Say Hi to H.A. Goodman, author of Logic of Demons.
My name is H. A. Goodman and I'm the author of Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine's Soul.
I grew up in the 1980’s playing Dungeons & Dragons, reading Marvel Comics and “Choose Your Own Adventure” novels, glued to Intellivision, drawing Battle Tech robots, and riding my dirt bike every day in the summers. Being young, my imagination had no boundaries and the world was fresh, new, and easily transformed into a scene from Star Wars or Conan the Barbarian.
However, the older I got, the more my Thundercats cartoon days eluded me. I began to study International Relations at USC and loved it. I learned about international conflicts, historical figures conquering millions, the Cold War, and how human beings have treated each other throughout history. The older I got, the more serious I got about life, and the farther away I moved from the innocence of building a castle with Legos or reading an X-Men comic book.
Then something happened that made me want to combine both time periods of the evolution of my imagination. Last year, I was betrayed by some very close friends (as well as dealing with some other issues) and I went into a deep depression. Writing Logic of Demons was a way to deal with that pain, and a way to make sense of people who sometimes don’t understand that gossip and hearsay almost always cause others a lot of hurt and unhappiness.
My novel is also inspired by two books in particular that dive into human nature in a phenomenal way: On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and God is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens.
My years as a teacher at Hamilton High in Los Angeles are also represented in Logic of Demons. I had the privilege of teaching students who had the talent to draw amazing Anime storylines, play guitar, show immense courage despite hardship, and remind me what it was like to be a teenager. I saw a lot of myself in those kids, and I also saw young people who were a lot stronger than I was at that age.
Is Nadine victorious in Logic of Demons? Does the civil war taking place in heaven or the subterranean company in hell cause her to lose her way? Will her demonic and angelic allies be able to protect her?
The story is a bit of a rollercoaster, and it can get a tiny bit graphic and dark at times, but the ending answers all those questions and more... Also, I know that after writing Logic of Demons, I felt closer to my Avengers comic book and Nintendo Duck Hunt days than ever before.
I've included some recent reviews below for people interested in learning more about the novel.
Happy Holidays and thanks again!
H. A. Goodman
Logic of Demons
“Logic of Demons is a much deeper novel than first appears… The novel’s main themes of sociology, religion, the human condition and the whole afterlife question are covered with a great deal of sensitivity, thought and intelligence… Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine’s Soul is an easy reading, light hearted novel that manages to convey some important ideas without damaging the twisty story, with a very original plot and amusing characters, recommended.”
SciFi and Fantasy Books
non profit, independent, Book Reviews
4 out of 5 starshttp://sfbook.com/logic-of-demons.htm
“Although Logic of Demons explores heaven, hell, angels, and demons, I don't feel that it had an overbearingly religious message and is a novel that can be thoroughly enjoyed regardless of your own personal beliefs… Overall, I think H.A. Goodman has penned a novel that is incredibly unique and thought provoking. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of darkness in their fantasy.”
The Happy BookerEpic, Urban, and Dark Fantasy book reviews and more
4 out of 5 starshttp://happy-booker.blogspot.com/2010/12/review-logic-of-demons.html“Goodman's debut novel takes readers on an adventure into the afterworld, showing that choices have consequences that stretch beyond the present—even beyond this life... Goodman's story is interesting, twisty and thoughtful…”
“Logic of Demons is an insane thrill ride of an adventure... Devin makes a decision that ultimately catapults him on a path to atonement, forgiveness, and ultimately redemption. While trying to redeem himself and find his way to a life where he continue out all time with his wife, Devin learns the depth of the human condition and how far people will go to control situations… He's [Goodman] created a masterpiece of a novel that combines a great writing voice, characters that make you feel for them, and a story about redemption that anyone can appreciate.”I Swim For Oceans Book Review Blog
4 out of 5 starshttp://www.iswimforoceans.com/2010/11/logic-of-demons-quest-for-nadines-soul.html
“Logic of Demons is a very deep book. It takes religion and morals into great consideration… Overall, Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine's Soul is an endless battle between right and wrong, and coming to terms with has happened. Also, how you can't change time, no matter how many times you wish to go back in time and erase the bad memories. *I feel like I'm not doing this book enough justice.”
Books From a Shelf
young adult book reviews
4 out of 5 starshttp://booksfromashelf.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-of-logic-of-demons.html
“In the story, Nadine is this talented anime artist whose parents are dead and she lives with her holy-rolling Uncle. But why her? There’s a billion depressed, self-loathing teenagers out there so what makes her so special? With all the tragedy bestowed on this chick, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. While reading this, I often thought that personal tragedy was the common thread between Devin and Nadine. Could it be that Devin is the key to save or condemn Nadine’s soul? I won’t tell you… you’ll have to find out…looking for a killer plot twist, try this book.”Mina Burrows
Books for Paranormal and Mystic Mindshttp://minaburrows.blogspot.com/2010/11/book-review-ha-goodmans-logic-of-demons.html
Give away! Give away! Give away!
The author is giving away 2 paperback copies of LOGIC of DEMONS and yay! this is an INTERNATIONAL give away.
All you have to do is follow me, leave a comment with your name and email or if you don't want to leave your email, just comment and send me your email here : firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "H.A. Goodman give away". This give away will end on January 17 and winners will be announced on January 18.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!!