Books by John Hulme

THE SEEMS by John Hulme
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Thirteen-year-old Becker Drane's career as the youngest-ever Fixer brings him up against a World-threatening explosion in this sequel to The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep (2007). The Seems, the behind-the-scenes organization that keeps The World running, has been attacked by the terrorist organization The Tide, which has constructed a Time Bomb out of some trays of Frozen Moments and a Second Splitter in the Department of Time. If Becker and his fellow Fixers don't contain the Split Second, the universe will be destroyed in the flood of Essence of Time. Aided by a slew of trademarked devices (such as a Can of Buttwhuppin™, a Hot Potato™ and a This, That, & the Other Thing™), Becker and his slightly stereotypical crew of friends and colleagues save the world for hope and whimsy. Heartwarming fluff follows predictable story lines with original and silly set-dressing. The cutesy puns can wear somewhat but are charming overall—in this small, book-length dose. (appendices: glossary, "Time Is of The Essence," "Tools of the Trade," "Post Mission Report") (Fantasy. 9-11)Read full book review >
THE SEEMS by John Hulme
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Reality," as we understand it, is a lie. Contrary to popular belief, a mysterious realm called The Seems has always maintained the world in which we live. Time, weather, dreams, colors and everything we perceive around us originates there, and earnest 12-year-old recruit Becker Drane is now The Seems's youngest Fixer. Fixers go about mending damages to various elements so as to keep the world running smoothly. How unfortunate, then, that the boy's first job may lead to the end of reality itself—if he happens to screw up. There's a glitch in the production of sleep, and Earth is currently beset by worldwide insomnia. Becker soon learns through trial and error that mistakes happen, and that working through them is sometimes the only way to get out of a sticky situation. Metaphors and turns of phrase take on new meanings without feeling overdone in this engaging title. The authors have a firm grasp on the potential complexity of their world, and the end result can only be described as fun. (Fiction. 11-14) Read full book review >
VOICES OF THE XILED by Michael Wexler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 1994

Two young writers from New Jersey got tired of the images of apathetic, pessimistic, cynical slackers that ``guys in their forties'' have been creating and set the record straight with a collection of short stories that offers honest snapshots of America's Generation X. They've selected stories with no agenda in mind—except that they didn't want to have an agenda, just good stories by ``some young people and what's happening in their worlds.'' All the tales demonstrate that cynicism and pessimism mix with hope, faith, passion, and principle. Often, people with every reason to give up don't. In ``Looking Out for Hope,'' Bryan Malessa's college graduate writes a powerful letter to Raymond Carver about not getting by on his minimum-wage job. And in Elizabeth Tippens's ``Back From the World,'' a broken-hearted maintenance worker, who has perversely decided not to get over the love of his life, learns that it's time to move on. In other stories, amoral drifters realize they do have principles. Dean Albarelli's Percodan-using ex-journalist poses as a supermarket security guard to bribe an equally lost shoplifter in ``Winterlude''; when they become lovers and she asks him to help her get even with her mother, he recognizes for the first time that there are limits to what he will do. And in ``Lovelock,'' Fred G. Leebron's ex-con doesn't take the obvious escape route from a one-night stand. Throughout, people are putting themselves back together after the likes of childhood abuse (Nicole Cooley's ``The Photograph Album'') and memory loss (Mitch Berman's ``Wabi''). Others are self-destructing in the false perfection of suburbia (Chris Hallman's ``Utopia Road'') or the conservative restraints of a law firm (David Foster Wallace's ``Girl with Curious Hair''). This succeeds because it doesn't read differently from any other collection of good writing. Every voice is strong, moving, and meaningful. (6 b&w linecuts, not seen) Read full book review >