I read a lot of indie and trad published books last year, so I’d like to share some favourites. And some not so favourites …
Memoirs: Castles in the Air by Alison Ripley Cubitt and Molly Ripley
Short stories and poetry: Animal Tales by Kevin Cooper
Dystopian thriller: Absent Souls by Dylan Hearn
Crime thriller: Death Never Sleeps by EJ Simon
Spy thriller: Ratcatcher by Tim Stevens
Sci-fi/humour: Escape from B-Movie Hell by MT McGuire
Contemporary/literary fiction: The Artisan’s Star by Gabriella Contestabile
Non-fiction – photography: Bridges of Paris by Michael James
Badly written book: The Business by Martina Cole
Boring book: Any of Kathy Reichs’ Bones books
Numerous errors, both typos and plot: The Publicist, book 3, Climax, by Christina George
(The story was OK but an author in the publishing industry really should have had her books edited better than this trilogy was)
Overall winner for best book:
Bridges of Paris
The photos were fantastic, the reproduction and print quality was excellent, and the accompanying prose was well-researched and interesting. A great book for lovers of Paris, photography, bridges, and history.
The Artisan’s Star
I loved the richness of description in this book and the way the author weaved in so many artisan trades within a personal love story. It was cleverly done.
If you missed my reviews on any of these I’ve added the links to the titles.
Castles in the Air was reviewed on the last post and Animal Tales is reviewed below.
This is a delightful read for all animal lovers, covering birds, dogs, cats and mice in both poetry and short story form.
Admittedly I’m biased, as not only do Pippa and Snowy feature in one of the stories, but Pippa is included in the dedications to animals who are no longer with us.
I found the free verse poetry imaginative and it vividly conjured up pictures in my mind of birds and cats.
The short stories were compelling and Kevin captures the characters of every animal so well. They walk off the page as you read.
It’s a short book at the minimum Amazon price and proceeds go towards the RSPCA. Kevin is also making the PDF version available to animal charities as that way they can claim 100% of the profits.
I’ll be doing my bit and hopefully will be able to interest either Podenco or GSD/husky rescue groups regarding Snowy and Pippa’s starring role; the other dog featured is a golden retriever. If you think you know an animal rescue group that might be interested in selling it, please mention it in the comments below.