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Alex Bledsoe

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I grew up in west Tennessee an hour north of Graceland (home of Elvis) and twenty minutes from Nutbush (home of Tina Turner). I've been a reporter, editor, photographer and door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman. I now live in a big yellow house in Wisconsin, write before six in the morning and try to teach my two kids to act like they've been to town before.

I write the Tufa novels (The Hum and the Shiver, Wisp of a Thing, Long Black Curl and Chapel of Ease), as well as the Eddie LaCrosse series (The Sword-Edged Blonde, Burn Me Deadly, Dark Jenny, Wake of the Bloody Angel and He Drank, and Saw the Spider). the Firefly Witch ebook chapbooks, and two "vampsloitation" novels set in 1975 Memphis (Blood Groove and The Girls with Games of Blood).

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Alex Bledsoe Hey, Pam. Right now I'm busy writing the Tufa novels, so Eddie is on a little hiatus. The best way to get him back quicker is to tell people about the…moreHey, Pam. Right now I'm busy writing the Tufa novels, so Eddie is on a little hiatus. The best way to get him back quicker is to tell people about the existing books, so that my publisher sees that they keep selling and want more. :-)(less)
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The Hum and the Shiver (Tuf...

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The Sword-Edged Blonde (Edd...

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Wisp of a Thing (Tufa, #2)

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Burn Me Deadly (Eddie LaCro...

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Long Black Curl (Tufa, #3)

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Chapel of Ease (Tufa, #4)

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What’s in a Name? Well…

A lot of times, my novels will be catch-alls for everything I find interesting about a particular topic. Burn Me Deadly, for example, deals with dragons, and Blood Groove with both vampires and 1970s culture. Usually by the time I finish, I’ve burned out my intense interest in a sort of positive exorcism that gets the obsession out of me for good.





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Miller and Max by Luke Buckmaster
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A fun overview of the Mad Max films, filled with on-set and behind-the-scenes stories, but hampered by a lack of first-hand interviews with any of the main creators. If you love the movies, this is worthwhile, but leaves you wishing Miller, Gibson, H ...more
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Mash-ups like these depend on the writers being fans of both properties, and here that shows, because I was able to hear the actors' voices in my mind delivering the dialogue (my favorite moment is Worf asking the Eleventh Doctor to "PLEASE STOP TALK ...more
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Certainly the largest (by weight, anyway) comic I've ever read. The full death and return of Superman storyline is included, and while there's plenty of action and crossovers with other heroes, it's the middle section, known as the "World Without a S ...more
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A strong conclusion, epic in scope and filled with vivid moments. I especially enjoyed, as a carryover from part one, the inclusion of so many non-superhero characters and teams (Lois Lane comes across especially well). The villain remains a bit face ...more
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A strong conclusion, epic in scope and filled with vivid moments. I especially enjoyed, as a carryover from part one, the inclusion of so many non-superhero characters and teams (Lois Lane comes across especially well). The villain remains a bit face ...more
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The Authentic Death and Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett ... by Paul Seydor
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As a writer, I found the detailed history and dissection of the movie's screenplay to be fascinating in the way it displayed Peckinpah's priorities and emphases. But the last third of the book grows tedious, and seems to be mainly a sorry-not-sorry a ...more
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A fascinating restructuring of superheroes that puts them in a historical setting that informs the story, showing how real-world changes would have affected them. As part one, this is mostly set-up, and Hal Jordan comes across as the most vivid chara ...more
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I first read this in the 90s, attracted by its homages to one of my favorite bands, Joy Division. At a distance of twenty-plus years, it now seems the same intensely personal cry of anguish, but its simplistic story also feels stretched and repetitiv ...more
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“It was still late summer elsewhere, but here, high in Appalachia, fall was coming; for the last three mornings, she'd been able to see her breath.

The woods, which started twenty feet back from her backdoor like a solid wall, showed only hints of the impending autumn. A few leaves near the treetops had turned, but most were full and green. Visible in the distance, the Widow's Tree towered above the forest. Its leaves were the most stubborn, tenaciously holding on sometimes until spring if the winter was mild. It was a transitional period, when the world changed its cycle and opened a window during which people might also change, if they had the inclination.”
Alex Bledsoe, Wisp of a Thing

“We also have noses that run and feet that smell.Sometimes the universe just doesn't make sense.”
Alex Bledsoe, To the Batpole: An Essay/Parody on Batman

“The pain of your loss will return. Less, but still considerable. I know you've worked hard to release it, but it can still take hold of you. I will help you sing away the fury, but I will not bear it for you.”
Alex Bledsoe, Wisp of a Thing

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“I felt that little knot in my belly that meant a mystery was taking its irrevocable hold. Usually this was a good thing, because usually I got paid for it. But here and now I was on vacation, and the last thing I wanted to do was spend it unraveling the truth of the strange prince, his rotund protector, and the girl I’d once saved from a bear. But damn it, I knew that’s exactly what I was going to do.”
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message 8: by Alex

Alex Bledsoe Huh. I'd never thought of him, but now I can see it, too. Thanks!

Felix wrote: "Thanks for adding to the friend list!
I love the Eddie LaCrosse novels. I wonder why I always have Bruce Campbell in my head as I read them? He would be a natural for Eddie...."



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Felix Thanks for adding to the friend list!
I love the Eddie LaCrosse novels. I wonder why I always have Bruce Campbell in my head as I read them? He would be a natural for Eddie....


message 6: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim I finished The Sword-Edged Blonde last night and I just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed it quite a bit. I liked how you blended the more traditional fantasy setting with the hard-nosed, noir crime fiction style dialogue. I also liked Eddie LaCrosse and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Have a great day! :)


message 5: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim Alex wrote: "Shawn wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friendship. I recently bought a signed copy of The Sword-Edged Blonde at The Prairie Bookstore and just started reading it today. Look forward to reading more...."

I will. I'm only a few chapters in right now, but I'm hooked. I love fantasy and hard-nosed crime fiction novels so I'm fairly certain I'll continue to enjoy this series. Have a great weekend!


message 4: by Alex

Alex Bledsoe Shawn wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friendship. I recently bought a signed copy of The Sword-Edged Blonde at The Prairie Bookstore and just started reading it today. Look forward to reading more. Have a great ..."

Thanks, Shawn, I hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think when you finish!


message 3: by Shawn

Shawn Wickersheim Thanks for accepting my friendship. I recently bought a signed copy of The Sword-Edged Blonde at The Prairie Bookstore and just started reading it today. Look forward to reading more. Have a great weekend.


Cheryl Landmark Thanks for accepting my friendship, Alex. Your books sound very intriguing!


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Beth Hi Alex,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author on Goodreads!
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