I start this with a notice of intention: I'm not going to write my Best Films of the Year list this month. I'm taking a friend's idea and am gonna delay it until early 2018. Right now, as is, the list is missing way too many top titles be make it worth writing. It feels incomplete. And that's mostly because I live in a place that doesn't often see the limited release titles. And I don't have the money to travel 2 hours each week to see the hot new movie. So! The list is delayed!
But until then, I'm still happy to post about a few new favorites I found in the last month of 2017.
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton
This Netflix documentary tells the story of the making of Man on the Moon, the 1999 Milos Forman directed biopic about Andy Kaufman starring Jim Carrey in the lead role. Carrey, an underrated dramatic actor, gave what was probably the performance of his career as Kaufman. What we didn't know, or at least had not seen video proof of, was how deep Carrey dived into the role of Kaufman. A method actor is a funny, fascinating thing to watch. Basically they become the character off-screen as well as on. They live their character. But what if the character you're living as is a flawed, infuriating, strange oddball like Andy Kaufman? The footage shown in Jim & Andy was apparently once upon a time meant to appear on the Man on the Moon DVD but Universal got cold feet because they worried the footage made Carrey look like an asshole (it did). But more than that, I thought this a fascinating look at an artist's willingness to lose himself in his art. Carrey is interviewed in modern footage. He seems both sad and wise here, like he's reached enlightenment or... maybe he's just playing another part in another movie. One of the most interesting and bizarre documentaries about the making of a movie I have ever seen.
I have mixed feelings about the making of a film based on recent traumatic events. I get it's what we do, as a society, as a people. We're storytellers. But I haven't yet sorted out how I feel about the 'too soon?' question. Like, I thought United 93 came way too soon. I also thought United 93 was an incredibly well made film. I am conflicted. And it's with these conflicting feelings that I come to Stronger, a film about a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing. Here's what I liked about Stronger and what I feel sets it apart from other similar ripped from the headlines tragedies: it works for your emotional investment in its character's story. It doesn't assume -- however correctly -- that you're sympathetic going in. It tells its story in a timeless manner, making Stronger as impactful today as it may be 10 or 20 years from now. That's important. What's more, it's just a great character piece, regardless of its status as a True Story. Jake Gyllenhaal, who's fast becoming one of the best actors working today, gives an honest, tough performance as the good guy who lost his legs and as a result lost his way. It's an amazing performance. Tatiana Maslany and Miranda Richardson are good, too.
I held off on watching Black Christmas for a long time because I didn't know if I wanted to mix slasher movies with my egg nog. Ya know? Christmas cheer + blood curdling screams = what are we going for here? But I guess it seemed like the perfect sort of Christmas classic to discover in this year of madness, 2017... And I loved it. This is a scary, inventive, visually interesting horror thriller. Somehow both classier and more messed up than I could've imagined. The crazy phone calls, the ambiguous mystery of the killer, the ending, the John Saxon. It's a masterwork. Oh, and it's directed by Bob Clark, same man who gave us A Christmas Story. So, stick that in your stocking.
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
The arrival of Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair on the world film stage has been one of my favorite things to watch these past few years. Blue Ruin and Green Room are just that good. Now, actor and writer Macon Blair is directing his first feature, I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. It feels like it belongs in the same rusty, bloody, angry universe as Blue Ruin and Green Room. But it has something those movies didn't: lots of laughs. A dark comedy, with extra emphasis on dark, the movie tells the story of a woman's quest for vengeance after her home is burglarized and her computer stolen. Add in Elijah Wood as her nunchaku-wielding neighbor and you've got a cult classic in the making. I really liked it.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
I also watched a little movie called The Last Jedi. Ever heard of it? Yeah, it's growing a small but dedicated audience. I wrote a review for the film at City on Fire if you're interested.
I didn't read a bunch of books this year. But that ain't gonna stop me from listing off my favorites!
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Some books aren't ready for their readers. Or, perhaps more accurately, some readers aren't ready for certain books. I wasn't always ready for The Gunslinger. Not sure why. I've owned a paperback copy of Stephen King's first chapter of The Dark Tower for many years now. I've opened it with intention of reading it to the end more than once. Three times, by my count. And each time, I just... couldn't get into it or I couldn't understand it or I lacked the patience for the prose which did not remind me of the typical Stephen King book. But sometime around when I started seeing fans of the books get excited about the prospect of the series getting adapted to film, I decided it was time to try again. And I assume that the times I tried before I simply was not ready, because... I loved this book. Epic, strange, sad and yet full of wonder. The Gunslinger has master Stephen King's imagination working overtime, even while he attempts a new sort of story for him. With the exception of recent books like Doctor Sleep and the Bill Hodges Trilogy, King was not always someone who wrote sequels, so the idea of setting up a whole world that would not (*could not*) be told in one story was new and interesting to watch him play with. The prose is interesting, too, more blunt than usual. It's like Stephen King by way of Cormac McCarthy and it suits the book very well.
A brilliant, masterful blend of fantasy, horror, and western. I look forward to reading Book 2 soon.
Revolver by Michael Patrick Hicks
Revolver is some of the angriest fiction I’ve ever read. Part The Running Man, part The Purge, part Fox & Friends, it’s a middle finger to the right wing of modern American politics who cherish guns over human life, who blame the woman for getting assaulted, who make entertainment out of desperation, and so on.
In an all-too-believable future inspired by the ugliest parts of today (the book likely reads more timely in 2017 than when it was published just 2 years ago), young woman Cara Stone agrees to be on the TV game show ‘Revolver,' where she will search for pity points from the viewers as donations are made to her family before she is expected to kill herself on live broadcast by episode’s end. In this future, the worst parts of conservatism reign supreme. The country’s gone fascist. Everything bad is blamed on the country’s only black President, who by this time has long since passed away.
It’s about as subtle as a kick in the teeth but that didn’t bother me. 2017 has me angry and Revolver tapped into that anger. This dystopian hell is not the sort of allegory that will give you a pat on the shoulder and say, ‘Hey, we’re in this together, it’s gonna be okay,’ so much as it says, ‘Hey, don’t ever say that it can’t get any worse, because holy crap it definitely can.’ An incendiary short story fueled by rage and written with style. It’s really good.
The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost
The return of Twin Peaks was the television event of the year. It's brilliant, endlessly creative, and soooo weird. Before I started bing-watching the series, I read co-creator Mark Frost's Secret History of Twin Peaks book.
The novel is the discovered dossier compiled by a person known only as The Archivist, who gives details on Twin Peaks history, current events, strange happenings, and conspiracy theories. Written into the margins are the notes of an FBI agent who is tasked with studying the dossier and offering her findings to her superior, Gordon Cole. Some pages are full of redacted print. Other pages are torn out of centuries old diaries. Still others feature strange images of owls. (Note: the design and art direction of the hardcover is beautiful and would not translate well to ebook.)
The dossier goes all the way back to Lewis & Clarke, talks about a strange land in the west (we’re led to believe this is Twin Peaks region), and an all-important green ring. We move through history to the settlement of the town, and the strange occurrences that always happen there. Twin Peaks fans know there is something strange in the woods. We know about the Black Lodge. The Secret History finds an interesting way to expand on those ideas, offering us a few answers, while also presenting all new questions. The amount of time focused on UFOs was unexpected. As was the Richard Nixon cameo.
At times, I was reminded more of John Keel’s The Mothman Prophecies more than what I’d come to expect from a Twin Peaks-related book. But that added some fun to the mystery of the fictional world, making the Peaks mystery appear more epic by taking on some familiar ‘real world’ concepts and then twisting them for the series’ intentions.
It is not a typical novel — I struggle to call it a novel at all, other than the fact that it is obviously fiction. It’s also not what you might expect from a Twin Peaks book (but then after watching The Return, maybe the definition of what Twin Peaks is has expanded some). All I can say is that I enjoyed it. It mixes in character histories on important Twin Peaks regulars with all the conspiracy madness. You’ll get a detailed background about Big Ed and Norma and then you’ll be back in UFO territory. It’s crazy. And I kind of loved it for being so crazy.
Sour Candy by Kealan Patrick Burke
Kealan Patrick Burke's Sour Candy is one of the best Stephen King short stories not written by Stephen King and I mean that as a compliment to both authors, but particularly to Burke. It's creepy, weird, and more than a bit deranged. And I loved it.
It starts with a real-world sort of incident that I believe we've all been witness to at one point or another: the unattentive mother and her crazy banshee of a child who everyone in the store can't take their eyes off of. This odd couple is drawing a group of onlookers in the candy isle and our innocent protagonist is likewise drawn in by the scene. The child, when it is not screaming, offers our guy a piece of sour candy, and the world is never the same after that. He returns home to find that his life has been... stolen from him. And the child at the store is now believed to be his son. The kid is in family photographs, has doodles on the fridge, and lives in the... attic? Our protagonist does not accept this, but the world's insistence that this is the true way of things almost has him convinced he's going crazy. Then he finds that sour candy is the only food in the house and he starts seeing creatures with skeletal deer heads hanging out in the shadows and oh God we're really going into some weird territory now.
Creepy and full of crazy ideas. There's a section in this short story where we get a glimpse behind the curtain and in that moment Burke gives his short more world-building than some full-length novels ever manage. The story of candy and madness all leads to one wicked finale. Sour Candy is excellent and I highly recommend it to horror fans.
1984 by George Orwell
The news has me especially grumpy this year. So of course I did the best thing for my crumbling faith in America's political system; I read 1984 for the first time.
Orwell's dark and honest book may be the perfect novel for understanding 2017 (the book, I want to note, is nearly 70 years old). When truth no longer matters, neither do consequences or rule of law. War is fought because that’s the way of things. International conflict is constant, though the enemy is always changing, despite what the state news says (We are at war with Eurasia. We have always been at war with Eurasia). It’s madness, but it’s a madness that’s been perfected for the purpose of beating the populace into submission.
Much of 1984 hits too close to home. It was not meant to be used as an instruction manual, but I suppose I see how it could’ve been helpful as such. In the later pages, one of the high-ranking party officials comments on the failings of the Nazis, the communists, and so on. Big Brother’s party is successful because it is built on hate; hate for humanity, hate for the inferior, hate even, potentially, for life itself. “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake.” And that, it occurs to me, is something that our orange friend has in common with Big Brother. This first year has been chaos, yes, but it’s also been about stomping out the things we once held up and declared to be true and just. It is about stomping on us, too. (However, unlike Big Brother’s hate, which was cold and precise, our man is powered by stupid hate, a bully’s hate, and unless greed proves his undoing, then his emotional stupidity may yet.)
1984 is a brilliant piece of writing. Well deserving of its time-tested status as a classic. I’m glad I finally read it. I did not enjoy reading it – most of the book is unpleasant, made only more so in 2017. But I’m glad to have taken that journey to Oceania. I got a good story out of it, and I might’ve gotten a little extra fuel to rage against the lies and stand for what is true.
2 + 2 = 4, y’all.
End of Watch by Stephen King
Reading Mr. Mercedes, one would never imagine that the series would end this way. End of Watch is such a strange, surreal, and ultimately supernatural departure from what came before it.
In Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King was attempting his take on a mystery detective novel. Finders Keepers was something of a meta look at detective fiction, about a coveted piece of noir being sought after in a noir thriller setting. The first two books were examples of how one adds Stephen King style to a real-world thriller. End of Watch is the opposite. End of Watch takes the typical thriller characters and puts them into a Stephen King novel.
Mind control, telekinesis, hypnotizing, forced suicide, and the addictive nature of videogames are just a few of the weird concepts King's playing with here.
The book works. It works because the reader accepts it all long before the skeptical characters do. If the characters believed it before we did, the whole Jenga tower would collapse under it's own weight.
End of Watch is a satisfying, if weird conclusion to the Bill Hodges trilogy. Bill, Holly, Jerome, and others get their time to shine. I really liked the main trio. More than the cases they solved, I will remember the characters. And Mr. Mercedes himself returns to the spotlight in End of Watch, raising the stakes higher than ever.
I think that those King fans who felt disappointed by Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers will find more to like about End of Watch. Similarly, those who enjoyed those first two books because they represented a departure for King may be disappointed to find the author returning to some of his old tricks... Me, I liked it.
GOOD TIME -- A young man tries to round up the money to get his brother out of jail by stealing, dealing, and running for his life. Good Time is an adrenaline-spiked crime drama with a great Robert Pattinson. Seriously, ten years ago if you had said I'd be rooting for Pattinson to find his way into the Best Actor category I'd say you're crazy. But he -- and Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart -- have really evolved into interesting actors in the years since the sparkling vampire saga. Good Time features Pattinson at his best. It is a magnificent movie.
YOUR NAME. -- I was expecting a silly animated body swap comedy. And for a little while, that's what it appeared Your Name was going to be. But then it strikes some unexpected notes and delves deeper. It is a beautiful film. Full of life and wonder. Unexpectedly complex, too. Like a dream you don't wanna wake up from. I love this film.
IN A LONELY PLACE -- There's a thing called Noirvember where you try to watch a film noir every day in the month of November. Um. I didn't quite manage to accomplish that task. But I did see some new noirs and the best of 'em, by far, was Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place. Humphrey Bogart plays a screenwriter who was the last person to see a woman alive. After the mysterious murder, the police suspect Bogie but his neighbor (and cooperating witness) falls in love with him. After a while, we begin to suspect him, too. It's like Bogart is playing toxic masculinity as a living, breathing character. It's a fascinating character study about dangerous men and the women who are drawn to danger, all set to a great noir style.
THOR: RAGNAROK -- An absolute blast. Full of color, wonder, humor, and adventure. The best of the Thor solo adventures by a pretty wide margin and one of the zaniest times spent at the movies this year. Sure, the plot and the villain could've used more depth, but I was having too much fun to notice at the time. Thor: Ragnarok is one of Marvel's best.
If you met your goal for NaNoWriMo, well done! You've done more than most. So many people talk about that book they wanna write but you actually did it. You sat down and you committed to the words. Mega congrats! ... But you're not done yet. Edit that thing! Do not -- I repeat: DO NOT -- send it to an agent or publisher tomorrow, I BEG you.
And hey, if you started but didn't finish, congratulations to you as well! You've still done more than most. You started, you tried, and you're not done yet. And hey, you gotta know that NaNoWriMo is not for everybody. I've decided it's not for me. The pace, the demands... meh. I'll write my way, thank you. There's no crime in taking your time to get shit done right. And just because November is over, doesn't mean you're done. Finish writing that book! We want your story!
I saw a BLOODY BUCKET LOAD of horror movies in Halloween. But first, let's give some props to smart, beautiful sci-fi.
BLADE RUNNER 2049 is fantastic. Could've just been a nostalgia trip but it's so much more. Builds on an already fantastic sci-fi world. A brilliant Part 2. And oh my, so gorgeous.
It's a real shame that the movie isn't attracting audiences the way it could and should have. Please, support good science fiction and go see this on the big screen. I don't think you'll regret it. Blade Runner 2049 is one of the best films of the year.
Now we get into the horror movies. THE DEVIL'S CANDY. Writer/director Byrne doesn't reinvent the wheel with his haunted house/home invasion/demonic possession horror story but damn if it isn't one of the best examples of its genre we've seen this year. And it's so very, very metal.
Metalhead painter moves his young family to a house with a history. The former occupant (a brilliantly cast Pruitt Taylor Vince) keeps coming back around, acting creepy around the family's daughter. And the artist, driven by a dark muse that's come to him since moving into the house, is now producing his best (and most distributing) work of his career. Unpredictable plot, fast pacing, strong characters, and a heavy metal soundtrack make this a horror film you shouldn't miss.
Whyyy did I wait so long to watch this? TRAIN TO BUSAN is superb. Incredibly tense. A thrill a minute roller coaster ride through hell.
I love the depiction of the apocalypse unfolding outside the window. It calls to mind Spielberg's War of the Worlds.
As a zombie movie, it doesn't reinvent the genre. But it takes what's there and uses it to create something special.
Train to Busan may be the best zombie feature since Shaun of the Dead.
What a detestable antagonist.
What a brave performance.
What an upsetting movie.
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE is fantastic and infuriating and holy shit levels of dark for its time. Would make for one helluva double feature with SUNSET BLVD.
Japan’s leading voice in the found footage horror scene is writer/director Koji Shiraishi, and NOROI: THE CURSE is commonly thought to be his best work. Noroi is the story of supernatural investigator who goes missing while tracking the clues about a mysterious curse surrounding a strange woman with a dark past. We begin the story, like The Blair Witch Project, already knowing that many of the characters we’ll soon meet are ultimately doomed from the start. Despite this, Shiraishi’s story remains endlessly thrilling because the characters are likable and the mystery is difficult to pin down. It is chilling.
Speaking of Japanese horror films, check out my feature at City on Fire where I journey through the history of Japanese horror cinema and name off some of the best of the best.
Just in time for Halloween, I present to you my list of ESSENTIAL JAPANESE HORROR CINEMA at City on Fire.
Stretching from the silent era into the age of CGI and found footage, Japanese horror cinema always has something surprising to shock and delight us with. From ghost girls and giant monsters, to psycho killers and mushroom people, there is something for everyone on this list. I also attempt to provide extra background on Japan's masters of horror, like directors Takashi Miike, Hideo Nakata, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and Teruo Ishii.
The past month or so has been crazy. Three massive hurricanes struck Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico. And while Texas and Florida are on the path to recovery, I've no doubt that many families in those states are still feeling the hurt from the storm. In Puerto Rico it's even worse -- the rescue and recovery mission has been unforgivably slow and it's become abundantly clear that the President of the United States simply does not care. Now, California is on fire, hundreds are still missing, and thousands of structures have been reduced to ash. And somewhere in the middle of all this heartbreak was a mass shooting that killed 58, wounded hundreds more, and is being hurriedly forgotten by certain members of the Congress and Senate.
It's been a bad 30+ days for America. And I want to help.
I will be donating 100% of my Kindle ebook royalties from the month of October to the Red Cross for disaster relief. I'm no JJ Watt, but this is what I can do.
And hey, it's October; most of my books are scary reads. So you're getting something out of it, too! My dark fantasy novel Death's Good Intentions is available for $1.99. The sequel to that book, The Greater Evil, is $2.99. Rakasa, my horror novella about a shipwrecked pirate, is $1.99. And my early novel, Brain Mold, is only $0.99.
If you'd like to donate to the Red Cross directly, you may follow this link.
Thank you for your time. And to the survivors, know that we've not forgotten you. Love y'all.
I'm kind of disappointed in myself that the last post on this here blog was my favorite films of August. But... well... September was just that kind of month for me.
Let's get on with it!
IT -- The most anticipated horror film of 2017. Hell, maybe it’s the most anticipated horror film of the past decade, I’m not sure. All I know is expectations were high for this one. And for my part, the film largely met those expectations. It’s a dark, weird, stylish, funny little movie about a killer clown that has to terrify kids before he can eat them.
The discussion about whether or not IT is a horror film confuses me to no end. You should be able to watch any random 10 minutes of IT and be convinced you’re watching a horror film. But people are weird.
COLOSSAL -- Kaiju have previously represented nuclear weapons, pollution, war. Now... alcoholism and depression.
COLOSSAL is kind of amazing.
It may lay the 'messaging' on thick but it's also honest and tough. Fun, too. As a kaiju film fan and someone who's dealt with his own mental health issues, the film connected with me in some unexpected ways.
I really, really liked it.
THE BIG SICK -- A romantic comedy with heart. A Muslim stand-up comic falls for a girl that he knows his family wouldn't approve of. Shortly after their relationship ends, the girl gets sick and is placed in a medically induced coma, which brings our guy face-to-face with her family for the first time. It doesn't sound funny, but it's funny. And it's sad. And it's wonderful. I love the cast. Love the honesty and wit. Fantastic film.
NEW BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY 2: THE BOSS'S HEAD -- Following the brilliant Battles Without Honor and Humanity crime saga, director Kinji Fukasaku returned to create a trilogy of new films in the New Battles trilogy. I was a bit disappointed with the first New Battles film, and if writer Koji Takada’s account of things is correct, so was Fukasaku. The first film of the trilogy is a kinda-sorta follow-up to the original series that also played like a confusing recycling project. New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 2: The Boss’s Head avoids any of that confusion by telling a standalone story that feels, well, New. You can read my complete review of the film at City on Fire.
THE INVISIBLE MAN -- I'm taking part in Hoop-Tober, a horror-themed film challenge over at Letterboxd. It has me watching many horror films I skipped over. Recently it got me to check out the original Invisible Man with Claude Rains. This movie is sublime. Hilarious, too. What a wonderful madman Rains makes. I've only seen the movie once and I have more territory to cover, but I feel pretty good calling The Invisible Man one of Universal's best classic horror movies.
Weird month. Busy month. Stupid month. But not a bad month for movies.
Let’s start things off with LOGAN LUCKY. This is director Steven Soderbergh’s return to filmmaking after a brief ‘retirement’ and I’m happy he’s officially back. It’s not wrong to say that Logan Lucky is the redneck Ocean’s Eleven (Soderbergh directed the Ocean’s trilogy), but I feel that undersells it. This is a hilarious film. Daniel Craig deserves all the love he’s getting for his offbeat performance as a southern explosive’s expert, but the entire cast is really good, particularly Channing Tatum and Adam Driver. It also manages to find something to say about being poor in a capitalist country. One might find issue with how the twists unfolded if you look at it too closely, but I was having too much fun to care. It’s a blast.
Hirokazu Koreeda's AFTER THE STORM is a lovely film. Honest, sad, and often quite funny, too. My favorite performance from Hiroshi Abe, who plays a lovable loser we're rooting for even though he may not deserve it. And Kirin Kiki is wonderful. A movie full of wit and wisdom.
FREE FIRE. "Boys, knock it off!" That was so much more fun than I ever would've expected. Copley and Hammer are the MVPs. A dark comedy about a gun deal that goes bad, devolving into everyone shooting at each other in an abandoned warehouse.
DOBERMAN COP. A culture clash action movie with Sonny Chiba, a pig, and a dash of Dirty Harry. You can read my full review at City on Fire.
MISSISSIPPI GRIND is California Split by way of Alexander Payne. I quite liked it. A realistic look at gambling addiction that not only works as a character study but also helps the viewer understand the addiction’s highs and lows. Ben Mendelsohn is great and Ryan Reynolds gives what is perhaps his best performance out of a Deadpool mask.
THE FINAL MASTER. A kung fu drama from the writer of Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster. It crosses off a couple interesting characters too early but it's a very strong film overall. Fantastic finale. Read my buddy Martin Sandinson’s review at City on Fire for more.
And finally, SONG TO SONG is my favorite Terrence Malick film since the beautiful Tree of Life. (Haven’t seen his IMAX doc yet, though.) Malick, who made only a handful of films between the 70s and the 00s, has entered his most prolific and experimental phase of his career recently. I’ve not been the biggest fan of his new, largely unscripted films. To the Wonder is like an extended perfume commercial and I still don’t know what to make of Knight of Cups. But Song to Song works for me, not least of all because the characters actually interest me this time around. Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender are great. And extra points for casting Val Kilmer as an insane rockstar.
That’s it for August. Until next time.
Hey all! I recently finished what I hope will be the final draft of my epic kaiju novel, In the Shadow of Extinction. However, I’ve decided that I want to get a few more last minute opinions on the story from beta readers before releasing it to the public.
So, what I’m doing today is I’m reaching out to ask if you’d be interested in being a beta reader for my novel? Being a beta reader simply means reading my book and telling me what you think at the end. I’ve even written up a handy little questionnaire for you. I want your honest opinions! Our talks will be private and respectful. In the end, I’ll add your name into the special thanks section of the book!
In the Shadow of Extinction is a globetrotting sci-fi adventure that spans over fifteen years. When kaiju rise from below to take over the world, humanity’s efforts to fight them back are undone by war and divided interests. When the dust clears, it’s a world of man no longer. A diverse cast of characters—heroes and villains alike—must learn to survive in the shadows of the leviathans that now rule over the earth.
The book is complete at approximately 190,000 words. I will provide the novel in your favorite ebook format (and help you load the file onto your device if need be!). I’d like beta readers to finish the book and get back to me by October 15th, which gives readers about seven weeks with the book. If it takes you longer — or if you decide that the novel is just not for you — that’s okay, simply let me know.
If you’re interested, please contact me and provide me with your name, age, gender, favorite genres to read, and reason you're interested in being a beta reader. First time beta readers are fine! The book is only available in English, so being an English reader is a necessity, I'm afraid.
I would love to have your readership. Thank you for your time!
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