Monday, February 15, 2016

City of Angels & Discontent by Sean Overman @jgbooksolutions @seanaustino

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10 Favorite Books by Sean Overman

It’s certainly hard to narrow my list to “favorite” books because there are so many books, novels and stories that I love out there. Despite that, here is a list of my 11 favorite books:

1.     The Alchemist: This was likely the deepest and most influential book I’ve read in my life. So many of my friends read it in high school, but I didn’t lay my hands on a copy until mid college. At this point, my mind had matured and at the same time I needed more knowledge. I craved lessons from masters such as Coehlo. The Alchemist was full of life lessons that I still use today to guide me on my journey.
2.     The Once and Future King: Never had I finished a book with length and depth such as this. It is packed with metaphors for T.H. White’s time, published after WWII. I recall reading it on various train rides to my office and had never heard this book’s take on the Arthur Legend. It is an epic tale that not only made me fall in love with one hero, but I sympathized with a tragically flawed hero in the same book.
3.     The $100 Start Up: I didn’t normally enjoy non-fiction, but in this case I realized that my mind had matured beyond a certain level. In my mid-twenties, I purchased this book to pursue entrepreneurial aspirations, such as my writing. Guillebeau inspired me to strive for making my own place in this world as a microbusiness owner. He taught me that you don’t need much capital to start your own company. You just need to hustle; AKA put in hard work and tell everyone about it too.
4.     Fifty Shades of Grey: It sounds in some ways silly, that a man could take such great lessons from reading what is in essence a romance novel, but I must say I was really touched by E.L. James’s work. She taught me that humans can be easily damaged by their past. We don’t have to maintain these strong facades, especially to our loved ones. Letting our partners into our deepest secrets can help them better understand us and therefore sympathize with us.
5.     Gulliver’s Travels: I watched some of my favorite anime and this was one of the books they referenced. In order to better answer why they used it as an allusion, I decided to read it. It gave me an insight into Swift’s mind, and his world in the 1700s. I found it fascinating that an author could think of such fantastic stories as metaphors and satire for his environment nearly 300 years ago. It also struck me that as I read the words that Swift wrote, centuries before, it was the closest I could ever get to being in his head.
6.     Heart of Darkness: Conrad’s tale was another allusion from one of my favorite anime. It was not at all what I expected and going through the book the first time, I didn’t see the answer I looked for: What does this have to do with my anime? What was the connection, I asked myself. In the end, I found nothing, much like the characters did. The only thing you can find in a savage land, from our civilized point of view, is horror. In order to better understand, and for those that have not experienced it, we must lie or fudge the truth of what we saw.  
7.     Wild: Strayed’s memoir is likely the first memoir I’ve read. If not, it was the one that made the greatest impact. It showed me that real life experiences, if detailed and eloquently written, can teach great lessons and touch many lives. It’s as if I was there, on the great Pacific Crest Trail, hiking alongside her.
8.     Metamorphosis: Kafka’s tale is essentially a metaphor of disease or aging. I learned how easily us humans, well in our culture anyway, can easily dehumanize others. One day a loved one is normal, the next moment they’re a burden. It’s a shame that our feelings can change about others based on things that we cannot control.
9.     The 4-Hour Body: Ferriss’s book about lifehacking your own body showed me that we don’t always need to see doctors or go to the pharmacy. In fact, there are plenty of home remedies and tactics to help you do whatever you need to do. I personally use cold showers, included in cold therapy, to shock my body and maintain a stable weight. In this age and culture, we’re too spoiled with food around every corner. Thus, I derived my own philosophy: it’s human to be hungry.
10.                    Leviathan Wakes: James S.A. Corey’s book, taught me that two authors can, together, create an excellent piece of art. Each of them taking turns at writing different chapters and character perspectives, inspires me to join up with an author friend and write a book as a duo.
11.                        Fishbowl: Somer’s book challenged me to think outside the typical time constraints I have in my mind. Often when I write, I like the story to move fast. Yet, in this book, I found that because the universe has infinite details, each moment can be explored infinitesimally.


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Title: City of Angels & Discontent
Author:  Sean Overman
Published:  November 4th, 2015
Genre:  Romance
Content Warning:   Some sexual content
Recommended Age:  18+

Colin remembers the words that sent his life spiraling into darkness. “Do you understand what you did? You just hit me!” What is a man to do when he experiences domestic violence? What kind of man does he become? See him heart broken, break hearts and figure out what the hell gives his life meaning in City of Angels and Discontent.

Excerpt from City of Angels and Discontent by Sean Overman:

June 7th, 1991, Hollister, CA. It was a sad day when Colin's father died. Colin had no idea what occurred. He didn't even hear his mom scream, cry or moan. If he did, it was blocked out of his memory. The traumatic event was covered up like a well-gauzed gunshot wound. Colin's mother went off and followed the ambulance to the hospital, but he didn't see her leave. Instead, Colin was left there with his two sisters, watching Peter Pan in the living room with the big tube. They must've watched it four times before she came back home. When his mom returned, Colin was still sitting in his father's lazy boy, reclined, covered in his lion and cheetah comforter, wearing nothing but undies. He had no idea what happened and Mom didn't say one thing to him or his sisters.

The following week was the funeral. On the main street of their little town of 25,000 people, Colin and his mom entered the funeral home. The stone columns on the outside and big black marble sign indicated they arrived. This was the last place Colin saw his father in the flesh. Colin stared at the body and didn't cry. He was fascinated with the soulless doll of his father.
Father. His dad hated when little Colin called him that.

"There is only one father," Colin’s dad had said to Colin the previous year. "Don't you dare call me that. Call me Dad."

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About the Author:
Sean Overman is from Northern, CA. He graduated from San Benito High School and attended Gavilan Community College. He transferred to Cal State Los Angeles and graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree. He worked for 10 years at a non-profit agency, teaching life skills to foster and probation youth, then managing a staff of 26 specialists. When he’s not writing, he hosts podcasts / YouTube videos for and produces segments for the after shows.

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