Thursday, May 16, 2013

Good Madness

Posted by: Joely Sue Burkhart
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." ~Neil Gaiman

I've been thinking about good madness as I build the next project.  It's crazy and fun and kind of scary at the same time.  Words like grotesque, freak, and deviant keep showing up.  I even bought the Deviant Moon tarot cards because something just screamed at me when I saw them.

This is the kind of project that I could become obsessed with.

Is that a good thing?

As a reader, I think it is.  Some of my favorite books are ones that are almost startling and creepy the way they seem to suck me into their world.  I remember the first time I picked up Laurell K. Hamilton's Guilty Pleasures

Willie McCoy had been a jerk before he died.  His being dead didn't change that.

From the very first line, it was different.  I knew I was going to be in for one wild ride and I gobbled those books up as fast as I could (at least up to Incubus Dreams; thereafter's another story).  They were filled with magic and dreams and good madness, a sort of twisted up world that was so strange and violent and bloody...yet compulsively good too.

I read those books like I was in a frenzy.  Trapped in a sort of madness that was good.  Very good indeed.

What about you - can you recommend a "Good Madness" sort of series that became a crazy good obsession?  Something you just couldn't help reading, whether it was shocking or exciting, strange and twisted, or just wickedly lovely in some way?

Assuming I can drag myself away from my own madness, I'd love to add more obsessively good books to my towering TBR pile!


  1. For me it's Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series. I have a bad habit of picking up one of them to reread a favourite scene--and then end up rereading the entire series.

    Other series I reread over and over include: Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series (SF), Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series (romantic suspense) and Wen Spencer's Ukiah Oregon (SF) series.

    1. Oh yeah, I love the Merry Gentry series too. It was Anita that I first "met" though!

  2. Mine are KMM's Fever and Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. I'm really ready for a new one to grab me.

    1. I never got into KMM's Fever series, although I read her Highlander ones. I read several of Mercy's books too. I enjoyed them, but they didn't completely become "good madness" for me.

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