Three Reads w/ Amanda Billings

Grand Tuesday, adorable Internet reader, and welcome to “Three Reads,” a series in which I ask an author to comment briefly on three books they read and found worthy of spreading. Past contributors in this roaringly successful series are Daniel Vlasaty, Andy de Fonseca, and Tiffany Scandal.

Today’s “Three Reads” contributor is none other than the fierce Coloradan herself, Amanda Billings, author of 8-Bit Apocalypse, a Bizarro book about a giant Atari gaming cartridge attacking the heart of downtown Denver, causing mass destruction by bringing classic games to life. Sounds intriguing, yes? Well, don’t take my pithy intrigue for it. Here’s how some of our elders have mashed their video game playing thumbs to Billings’ work:

“Billings is absolutely one of the wittiest and most insightful authors to publish in the entire New Bizarro Author Series. The book is an extremely funny collection of awkward moments and geek culture. If you have a fond spot for 80s video games, then this is something you should check out.” – G. Arthur Brown, Bizarro Central

“8-Bit Apocalypse is a funny, riotous, full on bizarro look at what would happen if video games came to life.” – Brian Keene, The Rising

“This short book by Amanda Billings is at times, hilarious, thoughtful, and absolutely nuts.” – R.A. Harris, All Art is Junk

Witty, funny, and nutty, huh? That’s truly a combination to behold. And now, without another dose of hoopla, I present Amanda Billings’ three reads. Take it away, Amanda.


The Collected Suicide Notes of Sam Pink by Sam Pink

I picked up this collection after hearing Daniel Vlasaty shout, over tacos, that Sam Pink IS Chicago. You know how sometimes you read something and then you immediately buy everything else that person has written and read it all in one sitting? That’s how it’s been with me and Sam Pink.


American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

I put off reading this and seeing the movie for years because I always associated the whole American Psycho thing with assholes who get off on revenge porn and men’s rights. The book is tedious, jarring, and, at times, brilliant. It’s also a fun book to have someone unwittingly read over your shoulder.


American Monster by J. S. Breukelaar

Norma (Network Operation Requiring Minimal Access), an alien vessel on mission to find the perfect human mate, struggles with her own growing humanity as she navigates the ruins of human society in near-future California. A cerebral, challenging labyrinth of a book, the dense prose gives way to beautiful insights about what it means to be human. This is one where I’d frequently read passages I loved out loud to friends, only to then spend 30 minutes unraveling the context while said friends slowly backed out of the room.

Well, there you have it, dear reader. Three is the magical-schmagical number, and won’t break the bank if you do decide to take the plunge and pick up a copy or three of Amanda’s lovely choices. Thank you for reading and until next time, goodbye, good work, good day, and good luck, wherever you are. The world is your Atari. Learn to mash.

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