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Brian James

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Lewis Carroll, William Burroughs, Syd Barrett, Junie B. Jones

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March 2009


I've written numerous children's books, including the Pirate School series and the Catkid series. I'm also the author of several novels: Pure Sunshine; Tomorrow, Maybe; Perfect World; Dirty Liar; Thief; Zombie Blondes; The Heights.



The weekend is here! I missed last weekend due to a hectic schedule, but I'm back now with more music ramblings. There's a lot of recent releases on this list that I've been into lately. There's also some 90's throwbacks that I've picked up in the past few months, as well as some jazz. One weekend soon will focus solely on obscure late '60s and early '70s psych rock, so stay tuned for that. Ho... Read more of this blog post »
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Zombie Blondes

3.03 avg rating — 2,120 ratings — published 2008 — 11 editions
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Pure Sunshine

3.58 avg rating — 971 ratings — published 2002 — 6 editions
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Life is But a Dream

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Dirty Liar

3.69 avg rating — 374 ratings — published 2006 — 2 editions
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Tomorrow, Maybe

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Perfect World

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The Heights

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Thief

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The Curse of Snake Island Ahoy, Ghost Ship Ahead! #2 Attack on the High Seas! #3 Port of Spies #4 Treasure Trouble #5 Camp Buccaneer #6 Yo-Ho-Ho!
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Is romance dead? Well, if you're the princess of the Underworld, then technically yes, it is dead. But is it as difficult as it can be for the living? When Princess Decomposia has to hire a new royal chef for the many diplomatic banquets she is hosti ...more
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“There aren't any rules to running away from your problems. No checklist of things to cross off. No instructions. Eeny, meeny, pick a path and go. That's how my dad does it anyway because apparently there's no age limit to running away, either. He wakes up one day, packs the car with everything we own, and we hit the road. Watch all the pretty colors go by until he finds a town harmless enough to hide in. But his problems always find us. Sometimes quicker than others. Sometimes one month and sometimes six. There's no rule when it comes to that, either. Not about how long it takes for the problems to catch up with us. Just that they will—that much is a given. And then it's time to run again to a new town, a new home, and a new school for me.

But if there aren't any rules, I wonder why it feels the same every time. Feels like I leave behind a little bit of who I was in each house we've left empty. Scattering pieces of me in towns all over the place. A trail of crumbs dotting the map from everywhere we've left to everywhere we go. And they don't make any pictures when I connect dots. They are random like the stars littering the sky at night.”
Brian James, Zombie Blondes

“My memories are like a shuffled deck of cards, each one coming up at random.”
Brian James, Life is But a Dream

“Because there’s nothing wrong with me,” Alec says. “You know what is? Our society is so screwed up from top to bottom, everything about it, that it’s become impossible to fix. It’s easier to change people and make them fit into something that’s broken. Know what I mean?”
Brian James, Life is But a Dream

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Rhiannon Thank you for adding me! you are an amazing writer!
I hope to read most of the rest of your books!


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