David David Katzman

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in Flushing, Queens NY, The United States

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I'm an obsessive creator, whether it's writing or creating art.

I've opened an Etsy store for psychedelic custom portraits and abstract art: http://j.mp/PsycheArt

I've been honored to be selected to have mart art in a show at the Baton Rouge Gallery - Center for Contemporary Art for two years running. The show is called Surreal Salon and the judge in 2018 was the brilliant Ron English and in 2019 was the amazing Camille Rose Garcia.

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David David Katzman There does happen to be one great mystery in my life that could help drive sales of mystery novels on Amazon. This mystery is such a mystery it's a…moreThere does happen to be one great mystery in my life that could help drive sales of mystery novels on Amazon. This mystery is such a mystery it's a mystery what it even is. It's the most mysterious of mysteries filled with mystery. In fact, I've named it Myster Mystery, and last I saw it my mystery was robbing banks in Mystery City. I guess I shouldn't have named it that because look what I started. But anywho, I am worried about Amazon, poor thing. But maybe if we all pool our mysteries together, we can help out our lil' buddy. I'll do my part. Probably. (less)
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A Greater Monster

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Death by Zamboni

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The Kickstarter Letters

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I am thunderstruck. One of my favorite authors, fantasy author Jeff VanderMeer, just rated A Greater Monster 4 stars on Goodreads. I thanked him on Twitter, and he said it was "...a really cool and unique read! Beautiful book, too, in the design."

Here's my review of VanderMeer's brilliant book Annihilation, part one of a new trilogy. Part two, Authority, was just released and is up next in my q... Read more of this blog post »
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The Scallion (Humor)
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What I learned in Canadia (and Portland), eh? (Travel)
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Description: a brief summary of what i learned in Canada (and Portland.) Eh.
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House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig Unger
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Disappointing that Mueller didn't find enough evidence to indict this criminal President. I'm sickened.

I'm reposting this because I found a link to an interview with Craig Unger on Youtube that highlights a lot of great detail from this book: https:/
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The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft
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I continue to be very impressed by The Books of Babel series. If you expected it to conclude with book three, The Hod King, allow me dissuade you from that right now. We end here on a soft cliff-hanger, so my only negative about this book is THE LONG ...more
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We are Wormwood by Autumn Christian
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A creepy surreal story that lives somewhere between horror and gothic poetry. The disturbing imagery and experiences of the main character seem to be manifestations of the psychological torment of her childhood. Lily’s suffering is caused by the aban ...more
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Half a War by Joe Abercrombie
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This review is for the full Shattered Sea trilogy.

*Sigh.* I was blown away by The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. One of the best fantasy trilogies that I’ve ever read with rich, compelling characters, truly unpredictable plot twists and some
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The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
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Honestly, this is a difficult book to review. I didn't love it. I didn't particularly dislike it either. I found it a bit boring at times. I enjoyed parts of it thoroughly. I wanted to admire the thematic intentions, but frankly writing chops and the ...more
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Egglike by Adi Gelbart
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What a fantastic, fantastical, quirky absurdist tale! I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Egglike begins oddly but, for the most part, grounded in reality. Details then begin to accumulate that take the main character into a stranger and stranger world until we
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Through Two Doors at Once by Anil Ananthaswamy
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Ananthaswamy introduces extremely complicated ideas in a friendly conversational manner. Admittedly, even for those familiar with quantum physics, it’s easy to get lost in some of the experiments and theories. But despite the times when I was lost, i ...more
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The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
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A bit disappointing. The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie (ps. a follow-up trilogy in that series is dropping in 2019!) sets a pretty high bar for modern epic fantasy. And this is an example of another that fell short. To cut to the chase, it sim ...more
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House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig Unger
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Disappointing that Mueller didn't find enough evidence to indict this criminal President. I'm sickened.

I'm reposting this because I found a link to an interview with Craig Unger on Youtube that highlights a lot of great detail from this book: https:/
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The Real Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov
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The Real Life of Sebastian Knight is a tragic comedy. Or comic tragedy? It’s also a satire that mocks the glorification of writers.

The premise of The Real Life of Sebastian Knight is that of a biography (kind of) of an author—Sebastian Knight—being w
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“Touching is just electrons repelling. Nothing can touch. Ever.”
David David Katzman, A Greater Monster

“My biggest objection to Marxism has been the presumption that industry should exist at all. I think the unstoppable juggernaut which is global warming demonstrates that processing natural materials on an industrial scale is a suicidal practice.”
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“It makes sense that your response to a bad break-up line would be to set someone on fire," I responded. "Fire is magical to us because it embodies the passage of time. We can never grasp time because it is invisible, unreachable and continually slipping from our grasp. Do we live in the present? How can we? The present is infinitesimally small. It can't contain human action. We teeter on the brink between our assumed future...where we will be in moments to come...and our memory of the past...where we think we just were. The present doesn't exist in a comprehensible way. Similarly, fire is something we can neither grasp nor touch, yet it has a clear effect...the decay and collapse of life, the acceleration of entropy. Thus when we stand mesmerized by fire, we are actually mesmerized by our own mortality.”
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“To the people who are upset about their hard-earned tax money going to things they don’t like: welcome to the f*cking club. Reimburse me for the Iraq war and oil subsidies, and diaphragms are on me!”
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“Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.”
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“Yes, the long war on Christianity. I pray that one day we may live in an America where Christians can worship freely! In broad daylight! Openly wearing the symbols of their religion... perhaps around their necks? And maybe -- dare I dream it? -- maybe one day there can be an openly Christian President. Or, perhaps, 43 of them. Consecutively.”
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“If the events of September 11, 2001, have proven anything, it's that the terrorists can attack us, but they can't take away what makes us American -- our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that.”
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“It's funny. When we were alive we spent much of our time staring up at the cosmos and wondering what was out there. We were obsessed with the moon and whether we could one day visit it. The day we finally walked on it was celebrated worldwide as perhaps man's greatest achievement. But it was while we were there, gathering rocks from the moon's desolate landscape, that we looked up and caught a glimpse of just how incredible our own planet was. Its singular astonishing beauty. We called her Mother Earth. Because she gave birth to us, and then we sucked her dry.”
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The Celtic Rebel (Richard) Thanks for the friend invite. Yes I am loving Tristam Shandy. I had never read anything by Laurence Sterne and found the collection of his works at Amazon so downloaded it and have been enjoying it. I have had a few strokes and read slow anyway, but I do have a little more trouble with his works but am glad that I found the set of the works. Very enjoyable.

Tani ~Hiatus~ Thanks for the friend invite. Happy Reading!

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Majenta Hello, David David! Thank you for contacting me! Happy Monday! I hope you're well and ready for another new week. Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Have a nice day. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta

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Mike Thanks for the friend invite, David. I've long been a fan of fantasy and sci-fi but my interests have expanded greatly in the past few years. Looking forward to perusing your shelves and reviews. Happy reading in the meantime.

message 142: by Miriam

Miriam No worries, glad you're fine and getting work done.

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Miriam You don't seem to hang out in these parts anymore, David -- hope you're fine and just busy with projects.

Nefariousbig Sorry, I just couldn't resist sharing this:
Wine Pairings

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Richard I like your latest profile photo, DDK. It's a subtle reminder that your book is still waiting to be read--and it will be!

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David Katzman My good buddy Arthur Graham is giving away 3 copies of his novel Editorial. You can enter here:

Caroline I like the new profile photo, David!

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Scribble Orca Happy New Year, double D - all the best for 2014!

Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell No probs! It looked really good - I love cat-related books. Also - Hello! Thanks for the friend request! It's so nice to see other authors here who are all about books and book-reviewing, and not just about self-promoting! Here's to the love of reading!

BRB~~ stalking your shelves.

Madeleine Hullo there, new GR friend! Thank you for the friend request and your kind words -- here's hoping I'll be able to live up to whatever expectations ifer's set you up for. :)

We do see to have numerous overlapping books but differing opinions. I like that in people. But I like your favorite authors and the fact that you've read oodles of things I need to devour (Warped Passages, At Swim-Two-Birds, My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist, &c.) even more.

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Richard Lady Liberty is sure taking, um, liberties, ain't she? I guess she got tired of standing on that pedestal.

Anna (Bananas) *jealous* You met Mack? Kabuki was my first comics love. Fables is great but the first couple trades weren't amazing. Not sure which one you meant you'll review but I'd love to read either.

Anna (Bananas) You're reading Kabuki - I *adore David Mack. :)
And I've got to read your Canada/Portland writing. I left my heart in Portland.

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David Katzman Apparently today is the birthday of Frank Zamboni, 1901. He's 112. But cryogenically frozen. In an ice rink.

Which leads me to my point ---> Death by Zamboni

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Scribble Orca All the best for your projects in 2013, D2.

message 126: by Kris

Kris Hi David, and thanks so much for the kind message and friend request. I'm delighted to accept. :)

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Lisa Reads & Reviews Hey David - thanks for the friend request. I see your novel was already on my tbr list....looking forward to it.

Jenn(ifer) Oh my goodness, that is hilarious! I can't imagine how long that must have taken to make!

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David Brown Congratulations on the Gold metal! That is awesome!

использовать жизнь как кинжалом fantastic tastes David, nice to meet you.

message 120: by David (last edited Jun 12, 2012 08:58PM)

David Katzman Just posted two videos of my reading in NYC at KGB Bar in Manhattan. Thank you Lori Hettler of The Next Best Book Club!



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Kate Happy Holidays David! If you have a chance you should youtube "Fruitcake" by The Superions. It's bizarre and hilarious so I think you'll like it. Destination Christmas is the album name and I'll be listening to this throughout the weekend :) CHEERS to you and yours!

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Miriam That's great! I tried to browbeat some of my arts & letters friends into attending, but I think they were having deadline panic.

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Miriam Hope the launch went well!

message 116: by Kate

Kate Excellent book launch/reading last night at Quimby's. I had a fantastic time!

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Kate I'm so excited that your kickstarter project is get such recognition! I cannot wait to read A GREATER MONSTER and see what the cover art will look like! I feel like a kid in a candy store - just wanted to let you know that :)

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David Katzman Take a look at Charlie Courtland's blog: Bitsy Bling Books: http://bitsybling.blogspot.com/2011/0...

My book was featured along with a brief interview.

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Ben Loory it ain't easy!

man, goodreads needs to work on their commenting interface... SOMEONE SHOULD WRITE A LETTER!

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Ben Loory i certainly have read them! what do you take me for, a cretin??? i didn't like them as much as the other two though... for some reason i like o'brien more when he's being more realistic, which i know is odd, given my usual taste... :)

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Ben Loory hi david! it's not very often i meet someone who likes alfred bester AND jeanette winterson!! pretty cool.

message 110: by Lea

Lea Thanks for the invite -- I look forward to reading your reviews!

message 109: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin Thanks for the friendship-Your review of iZombie really makes me want to read it-I not a zombie person.

message 108: by Jennifer

Jennifer Missing you~! Stay strong, Hang in there! I have faith in you!

message 107: by David (last edited Apr 12, 2011 04:14AM)

David Katzman Slow going through my current book...but it's up next!

message 106: by Lavinia

Lavinia Ludlow have you started it yet? : )

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Lavinia Ludlow Bravo sir. Great job. Thanks for the amazing read.

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Lavinia Ludlow UHHHHG! I have no idea what is up with Barnes and Noble.

*shakes fist*

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Lavinia Ludlow poop.

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Lavinia Ludlow let me know what you find out because I know many people who pre-ordered through there, and I worry now why it hasn't come...

message 101: by Lavinia

Lavinia Ludlow what medium did you order it through? Barnes and Noble is usually faster than Amazon. I'm surprised it hasn't come yet.

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Lavinia Ludlow I HAVE IT!!!!!!!!!

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Lavinia Ludlow sorry about that

message 98: by Steve

Steve Lowe Thanks David, I really appreciate the support!

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Lavinia Ludlow don't know how to look just at your reviews, all the books I click on under your ratings don't have reviews

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