Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Still Looking...

Still looking... It's been very quiet here on the blog for the last several months. You might have noticed or it might have just been a welcome respite from the relentless onslaught of blog updates crowding your inbox. In either case, I apologize. It's not that I haven't been reading self published novels - I have read a few in the past few months. Unfortunately... Well, it's just one of those things I guess. Sometimes you don't enjoy all the books you're reading (or really any of them). And that minimal enjoyment you might feel is nowhere near enough to pop out an inspiring review. That's been what it's like here. Maybe I'm becoming a little too critical, or I'm in some kind of funk where all of the indie books I read are getting a bit too familiar, a little too error-full, or just plain... no. If I have to be honest, the last time I enjoyed a self published indie book was last summer. And for the whole summer, I think I enjoyed maybe two books. Both were by the same author, H.P. Mallory. So if you're looking for an enjoyable indie book in the paranormal romance genre - not exactly the usual fare for this blog but I'm stretching it - then I can recommend these:

To Kill a Warlock
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble
Both of these have a fun story, are very quick reads, have engaging characters and -for those of you who are secretly romance readers- smutty, racy bits that are fun and even embarrassing. They're also both free and the first book in a series.

If you're looking for a childrens' book - I did find a cute one. It's short (100 pages) and it stars a mouse. What else can I say? It was very alright. Nostradormouse by Chris Tinniswood.

Sadly, some of the better books I have been reading are not self published. They're big six or smaller publisher (but not all that small). The most notable of these I finished two weeks ago. It was an extraordinarily weird horror book. Engines of the Broken World by Jason Vanhee is an apocalyptic - not post apocalyptic - story told in first person by a twelve year old girl (in places I would almost call it first person hillbilly narration). Never the less, this was one of the creepiest end of days stories I have read. While the characters could be frustrating, I have to give it to the author. He has completely mastered the disturbing. If you are looking for something strange, completely unique with a weirdly biblical end of the world... then I would recommend this one. You might have to buy it though. I haven't seen it in any of the library systems around here yet.

That's all for now. *Sad face* I will keep keep looking and hopefully come up with some indie books that are 4 or 5 star review worthy. Until then... happy holidays everyone.