BUZZ BERNARD IS A TERRIBLE WRITER

The first time I received a negative review of one of my novels I felt as if I’d been gut-punched.

I tiny wave of nausea surged through me.  That was over six years and five novels ago.  Since then, I’ve learned to roll with the punches.  Thumbs-down evaluations of my works, I’ve come to understand, are part of the business.  As the cliché goes, they come with the territory.

MY CHRISTMAS LIST FOR THRILLER READERS–PART 2

imagesHere’s the second part of a post I began last week in which I listed a few thriller/suspense novels that have stuck with me over the years.  In Part 1, I mentioned books authored by Frederick Forsyth, Nelson DeMille, Alan Furst and Robert Wilson.

In this blog I’ll talk about Cormac McCarthy, James Lee Burke and Daniel Silva.  My pick of McCarthy’s novels would be Blood Meridian, one of the “Border Trilogy” that included All the Pretty HorsesBlood Meridian isn’t for everyone.  It is, at the same time, violent and exceptionally poetic.  The style of writing in the book takes some getting used to.  There’s very little punctation, and sentences may run on for half a page.  But, man, is it worth it once you’re past that.