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Monday, July 9, 2012

Blog Tour: "Tales of Lust, Hate, and Despair" by Ian Truman (Review)

Welcome to our Blog Tour stop on "Tales of Lust, Hate, and Despair" by Ian Truman. Brought to you by the lovely ladies at Innovative Online Book Tours. Here you can read the the author's bio, book's synopsis,  and the my review of "Tales of Lust, Hate, and Despair" by Ian Truman.

 About Me (Ian Truman Bio) 
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I am from a working class family and I am proud of my origins. For the last seven years, I have been employed as an assembly line worker, a forklift driver, a park ranger, a warehouse clerk, a janitor, an industrial laundry operator, a warehouse clerk some more and still am to this day. I have never stopped working full time and I saw first hand how the theories of political science could hardly apply to the realities of the working masses. I have worked in the downtown area, in Laval, Rosemont, Montreal-East (Between the Petro-Canada oil storage facility and the Falconbridge foundry) and the south-west prior to gentrification. I have seen Montreal change and the people suffer from these changes.
I write not because I believe that some great social revolution is going to come out of any novel I can write. I have no illusions about the revolutionary potential of fiction writing. I truly believe that it is only by changing economic structures that a society can change fundamentally. This is basic Marxism. So why write at all? It is a good question. I mostly write to purge the hatred inside me, to purge the hours of factory work, poverty and strife of all sorts. I am majoring in Creative Writing, in a language that is not my native tongue because I felt it was a challenge. I am also graduating with a minor in political science, through which I discovered many philosophers that have influenced me deeply. I have studied the essays of Karl Marx, Immanuel Wallerstein, Ernesto Guevara, Max Stirner, Mikhail Bakunin, but also capitalist philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes or John Locke. I’ve looked into dichotomies such as Anarchism Vs Fascism, Communism Vs Capitalism. Nationalist Vs Internationalist etc… I believe that my existence is guided by philosophies such as Buddhism, Hinduism but also Nihilism.
As Nietzsche explained, human beings are guided both by rationality and irrationality. We are capable of reason and structure but at the same time we need flesh and passion, if not sin. I write political essays when I need to exercise my rational side. I write it in order to better my knowledge of social structures. I write it to better society. Rarely have I included philosophers or philosophy in my fictional works. I believe they are underlining all the stories I write. But I don’t write Fiction in order to prove a point. I write fiction to fill my need for creativity and passion. Mostly, I write because I need to. It fills my passionate, irrational side. When I write, I look for truth, however ugly or beautiful it may be. I look for sincere elements, uncensored and raw; I look for the visceral. My works combine beauty and despair, struggles and hopes. I truly enjoy dichotomies that bring people out of their comfort zones. I avoid moralist statements and allow the reader to bring their own conclusion about the work, about the characters, and (hopefully) about their lives.
Aesthetically, my style combines vernacular language to noir elements. I also enjoy dirty realism and modernist novels. I try to avoid anything too conceptual or things such as “Streams of consciousness. I allow myself to be influences by all sorts of creative endeavours. In the visual arts, I’ve enjoyed graffiti art for quite some time. I see political postering as a creative act (Aka propaganda). I enjoy visual artists such as Matthew Barney and Shepard Fairey. In film, my most notable influences are Akira Kurosawa’s “Drunken Angel”, Imamura’s “The Pornographers”, Fukasaku’s “Yakusa Papers” or American (and Canadian) filmmakers such as Cronnenberg, Lynch or Smith. I also write under musical influences ranging from Grunge (Nirvana, Violent Femmes), to punk (Social Distortion, Bouncing Souls), hardcore (Warzone, Blacklisted, Blood for Blood), hip-hop (Dead Prez, Wu-Tang-Clan), folk (Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry), blues (Billie Holiday, Chester Burnett) and country (Johnny Cash, David Allan Coe). As far as authors go, I believe I am influenced by a large variety of authors. William Faulkner is the first one that comes to mind. But also Ernest Hemingway, Charles Bukowski, Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, Truman Capote, Henry Rollins, the RZA, Samuel Beckett, David Fennario, William S. Burroughs etc…
All of these cultural and philosophical references are found in some way or another in my creative endeavours. In the end, I maybe the one typing the words on the page, but they are all in the back of my mind, spilling out their guts to the world through my works.

 Tales of Lust, Hate and Despair
By: Ian Truman 
Publishing Date: 6/27/12
Genre: Crime (with erotic content)
Buy: Amazon

Samuel Lee has known three days of freedom in the last eighteen years. Three days to come out of prison, see his daughter, settle a score and go back in again, for good this time.
Told in the tradition of the best literary noir, Tales of Lust, Hate and Depair is a modern, lowdown and gritty take on the genre. Inspired by the cinema of Akira Kurosawa and Samuel Fuller as well as the music of Tom Waits, Sage Francis, Neurosis and Marilyn Manson, it is a novel that is sure to please anyone who has ever found themselves trapped and cast aside from the world. 


My Review:
I like to venture into a different genre every once in awhile and came across "Tales of Lust, Hate, and Despair" on Innovative Online Book Tours, so I thought I give it a go.
It definitely took me out of my comfort zone as far as usual books I read.
Samuel Lee has just gotten out of prison after serving two years behind bars because he sent a cop to the hospital.  He is on mission to finally meet his baby girl who he has never met and also talk to his daughter's Mom (his ex-girlfriend).  He wants to know why she gave up on him and why he never brought "Melody" his daughter to court during his probation hearing. Instead, she brought her new boyfriend, who is nothing but trouble.
Sam is only going to be able to enjoy three days of freedom after prison though because he gets himself into some situations that he can not get out of and also finds himself seeking revenge.
My thoughts on "Tales of Lust, Hate, and Despair" is that I really did enjoy reading it.  I did find myself putting down my Kindle after certain scenes because Ian Truman does get graphic.  I do not know how many times I wanted to go through the book and kick characters butts too. (During one scene where Samuel is witnessing a woman be beat up...that was really graphic and violent.)
I felt sympathetic towards Samuel due to just wanting to see his daughter.  He will do anything to see her, even stalk outside his ex-girlfriend's house until the low-life she dates leaves the house for awhile.  
Samuel has had a rough life for eighteen years it seems.  He hung out with some friends who I really would not even consider friends.  He steals, paints graffiti, and ends up saving his friend's butt (when his friend got himself into a mess with the cops) when he was younger.  
This book was very dark and twisted, but while reading it, I was thinking about how people like Samuel try everything to change, but it's always difficult to adjust when no one wants to help you.  He did have some kind of support from one friend, but Samuel wasn't taking his advice.  Instead, he had his heart set on being a Daddy to his little girl.
 I was really disappointed in his ex-girlfriend, Alice, who deserted Sam.  She got herself into a situation with a low-life boyfriend who was a jerk to her and was abusing her after Sam went to jail.  She didn't really have a happily ever after either.  It made me wonder how the little girl was adjusting to how her Mom was.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes the crime genre and doesn't mind a book that doesn't have a happily ever after.  
May I just say, this is my first book I've read that is written by a man instead of a woman.  Ian definitely has a different style of writing style, which I really enjoyed.  I look forward to reading more books from Ian Truman in the near future. 

Make sure to stop by these other sites during the blog tour:
 7/2 A Few Words /First Chapter
7/2 The Story of A Girl... /Review
7/3 Creative Writing Addict /First Chapter
7/4 Wonderland Reviews /Interview
7/5 All Things Writing /Review, Interview and Give Away
7/5 My Cozie Corner /First Chapter
7/6 The Book Hoard /First Chapter
7/9 Adventures of Frugal Mom /First Chapter
7/9 Book Lovin' Mamas Review
7/10 The Guardian of the Crossroads /First Chapter
7/10 Ramblings of an Amateur Writer /First Chapter
7/11 Cabin Goddess / Interview
7/11 Bunnys Review /First Chapter
7/13Reviewing Shelf /Review
7/13Purple Penguin Reviews First Chapter

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