I’ve read a few books this year by Indie authors, which have stood out from so many other books. The stories are different and the characters distinct. I don’t know these authors, but their books deserve acknowledgements. They both shine brighter than thousands let alone have exceptional writing. I’d like to share them with you today, along with my reviews. If you are looking for an authentic read with great writing and characters, please consider one of these books by clicking the book cover for an Amazon buy.
THE DIRTY PARTS OF THE BIBLE BY SAM TORODE
My Amazon Review:
If only all books could take me away as The Dirty Parts of the Bible did. This is a unique book with a Huckleberry Finn/Forrest Gump vibe. Torode can definitely write. It isn’t an easy feat to create distinct characters, who stand alone in voice. Each character holds their own, and I adore every quirky part of them. The story touches on all types of adventures the main character, Tobias, encounters with humorous naivety. In his travels to Texas, he comes across Craw, a hobo—a character like no other; one you can’t help love. Craw helps Tobias survive the struggles of being a hobo, explains the bible, life, love, and seedier situations. I found myself laughing aloud at the dialogue, which is rich in authenticity. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who wants a poignant coming-of-age story, wonderful characters, and great writing. Here are a few of my favorite lines:
“She seemed to gather up all the sadness in the world, boil it down to its essence, and pour it out in her song.”
They ain’t worth a fart in a whirlwind.”
“He can recite all Ten Commandments by heart. Course, that’s cause he’s done broke ’em so many times.”
“Food on the road is as scarce as preachers in heaven…”
WAKING UP AT REMBRANDT’S BY THOMAS LLOYD QUALLS
My Amazon Review:
Waking Up at Rembrandt’s by Thomas Lloyd Qualls is a fascinating read. There’s no definite beginning, middle, and end. I became a customer of Rembrandt’s, offering myself freely to conversations I have had at some time or another in my own life.
Dillon, Phillip, and Maggie invite you into their lives through Jillian’s 1st person narrative. You feel as if you’re sitting with them, discussing life’s issues over a beer, wine, fresh croissants, or gumbo. They all visit the café to question life and choices, but we also drift away from the comforts of Rembrandt’s. Jillian takes us to Europe, where Dillon tries to find himself; then to prison, where Maggie questions her career choice; and then to the café, where Phillip works to support his writer’s block and leans on Jillian for a boost of self-confidence.
Qualls doesn’t follow a writing formula, but offers the reader insight into these characters’ lives. He maneuvers the preparation of drinks and food as the customers confess doubts. Here are a few lines I loved and highlighted:
“Like the feeling after a thunderstorm, when mother nature has been brought to a full orgasm and then drifts off to sleep.”
“We see adults who are stagnant and miserable as we grow up. They graffiti the walls behind them with their mistakes and we swear secret oaths that we will heed those warnings”
“This conversation is happening before the cavalry of caffeine”
This book has no room for expectations. It’s unique and delivers on the writing, which I truly get. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting something fresh and new—a simple discussion about life with friends.
Indies and Stories,