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About meDavid Contreras was born in Texas in 1984, and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He's the author of the short story/novella collections, In Great Distance and Probabilities.

On his first novel, Shooters and Stabbers: Time is speeding up. Jacob Molina is the youngest of three children, a 13-year-old trying to find his voice in the entity known as his family. Suffering from reoccurring bouts of introversion, he’s finally on his way to completing the eighth grade. But what awaits him is the quandary of high school, revelations hidden deep within his brother’s afflicted past, and maybe (if one is brave enough) the ability to reverse time itself

Set in and around Madison, Wisconsin, from New Year’s Day, 2011, to New Year’s Eve, Shooters and Stabbers is a delirious mixture of the absurd, the breathtaking, and the hideously comical. Within its massive scope, we meet the acquaintances of rabid talk show hosts, the President of the United States, union protestors, the ‘90s counter-culture, and a mysterious presence known as Anomalous that oversees everything.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, Infinite Jesters, Le Salon du peuple pour le peuple, What Are You Reading Now?, Writer-readers

Favorite authorsDavid Contreras, Fyodor Dostoevsky, William Faulkner, Hermann Hesse, Gabriel García Márquez, Cormac McCarthy, Alan Moore, Haruki Murakami, Vladimir Nabokov, John Steinbeck, David Foster Wallace, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


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Thanks. Just read your review of 2666, and likewise, really liked it. In fact, it probably would have aided me in my own reading had it been available a few months ago. I appreciated what you wrote about horror turning into humor. When I read the part (in the book) about the various "orifices" I remember thinking to myself: "Should I be laughing at this?" Apparently I wasn't the only one.
Thanks for your reply, Mifune. I share - if uncomfortably - your view about the lasting appeal of American Psycho. Your further comments were useful in relieving me of any need to try other works by Ellis. There are plenty of alternatives, after all ;-)
Hi, I have just read your review of American Psycho and it has made me think again about my own judgement - never a bad thing.

This book is the only work I have ever pulled apart and dropped into the recycling bin. I read it when it first came into paperback and ended firmly in your first field. Any literary merit or important message was, for me, completely obscured by the sheer nastiness of it - not just the sadistic violence but also the materialism. Your review almost makes me want to try it again but with more than enough on my tbr pile, I guess I'll give it a miss.

My distaste for the book rubbed off on the author so maybe I should give him another chance - any suggestion?
Hi there! I noticed our libraries have a lot in common, and I just thought I'd drop you a line. I adore Japanese authors, most especially Murakami and Kobo Abe - I'm about to branch out to Mishima. Recently I read 'Autumn Brocade', by Miyamoto Teru, a lovely story that I'd recommend if you haven't read it already. Also Kafka, Camus.. excellent. :)
Noticed that you liked The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites). I thought you might like my novel since it's been compared to that novel by a number of reviewers. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:


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