Monday, March 21, 2011

Guest Blogger: Estevan Vega, author of Arson and When Colors Bleed

WHEN COLORS BLEED is a collection of short stories by the author of ARSON. This collection features three unique stories with universal themes of love, loss, and regret. Watch the colors bleed.

As you might remember, I read and was slightly un impressed with Estevan Vegan's YA debut, Arson. My awfulness has, thankfully, not deterred the lad and not only has he written up this legit list of his five favs, but has given me the opportunity to review his next one, When Colors Bleed (review out soon!). Check it out.

1. I am Legend by Richard Matheson was awesome. This one's way better than the Will Smith version. Or the other film versions that came before it. The only downside to this killer vampire novel is that when it gets really, really cool, the book ends. But I guess this was Richard Matheson's idea, to keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you there, waiting, wanting. If you don't know Matheson, he has produced many stellar works both in print and film. He has worked on a ton of Twilight Zone episodes, most of which rock! So definitely check out I am Legend and then get your Twilight Zone fix.

2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I love this book for its concept and its simplicity. It isn't crazy vulgar, but it definitely stays with you, gets under you skin, and breaks your heart many times. I loved the dialog. One word replies and simple but frightening questions. The story is about a father traveling on a road with his son after a nuclear catastrophe and the mother is dead. It's scary without being horror. And I loved it.

3. The Giver by Lois Lowry. This one I had always wanted to read. I never got around to it until recently, though, and maybe that's for the better. I don't think I would've appreciated it as much if I had read it when I was younger. It's funny how novels with messed-up futures are beginning to mirror our own society more and more. This one's about a society who can't see color. One man holds the memories of the past and he's about to pass his powers onto some young kid who isn't sure if he's ready for the responsibility. It's a cool novel. One to check out.

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Not only are they making a new movie about this, which I'm half-stoked for, but this book is a classic and it's good. You know how you read some classics in school and they suck? Well, I didn't really feel that with Gatsby. I especially loved the ending. It's very me. Go check this one out. If you've read my last novel, ARSON, you know there's a connection between Gatsby and him.

5. ARSON by Estevan Vega. No explanation necessary. If you haven't read it yet, you better, because part dos in the ARSON series is coming soon.

Thanks for stoppin' by, good buddy!


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