Posts Tagged ‘John Goode’

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Well I’m sure most of you have sat inside with the curtains closed, clutching your lucky rabbit’s feet and staying far away from oncoming black cats, what with today being the most unlucky day of the year.  So if you’re at home and the smell of sage is clogging up your nostrils to ward off bad omens and you’re finding yourself at a loss, Insight Out! brings you a new feature.  Here we have a top-ten list of the books you should read when your own bad luck is getting you down.  At the end of the day, no one knows pain like a fictional homosexual, so take a look at my personally handpicked selection and bask in the fact that while you may have got caught in the rain with a defective umbrella and your cell just died, life as you know it will never compare to the sorry literary victims listed below.  Read them, and literally, weep!

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Best known for his Foster High series, John Goode has packed a severe wallop with his edgy word-roundhouse kicks that left us all a little teary eyed and spent after reading.  I rarely give an author’s second series a shot after reading something I love, but with Goode, I couldn’t resist.  From the title alone it’s impossible to ignore the overtones of what promises to be a romp that is out of this world and the man, as always, does not fail to deliver.

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ImageThere are few things in my life that make me happy.  Writing, reading a good book, being marginally overweight and my insane love of country music to name a few.  So when I tweeted the talent Mr John Goode, author of the new Dreamspinner Press released novel Taking Chances, and he actually said yes to an interview, I added John-Goode-knowing-who-I-am to that list of happy-makers.  Within three hours of receiving my email, he had replied, and what follows documents the hilarity that is the inside of Mr. Goode’s mind.  Please enjoy it as much as I did, and if you’re any kind of fan-boy like me, you’ll need a cigarette and a cold shower afterwards too!  No?  Just me?  Naww, shucks.

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In December 2011, John Goode wrote a short story named The Boy Behind the Red Door, a heartfelt Christmas aside set in the fictional town of Foster, Texas, and portraying a cutesy tale of the towns beloved toxic bachelor Tyler Parker.  Now John Goode is a very humble man.  In fact he’s infuriatingly self-depricating and has no idea of his talent (despite what myself, his mother and every other person who has ever picked up one of his books has said).  So when he tweeted about the release of the brand new Dreamspinner release, Taking Chances, I was expecting The Boy Behind the Red Door v2.0.  No.  Not even close.

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I just read it again.  The second time in no way diminished the effect.  Who is this guy?  He’s one part Salinger, one part Maupin and the goddamn Wizard of Oz!  And I’m not just saying that because he’s actually humble enough to read all his reviews.  Now, I don’t know John personally, but from reading his Tales from Foster High, I have no doubt that somewhere in the beautifully crafted tear-jerkers, he’s injected little parts of himself for everyone to read.  I’m convinced he has Kyle’s brains, Brad’s heart, Jennifer’s spunk and Robbie’s humour.  Which makes him, of course, the best person to tell the story of the lives of gay teens in Foster, Texas.

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Remember back in the 90’s when the cult film Jerry McGuire was released?  When Renee Zellweger uttered that one line that still gets used by everyone today?

You had me at hello!”

That’s how I feel about John Goode.  As soon as I picked up my copy of Tales from Foster High (actually I read the individual novellas) I completely and 100% fell in love.  The guys style is so beautifully conversational, it just drips of the tongue, and as an aside to that, he writes in the first person, for two separate characters, both with their own voices, both so sublimely endearing.

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