You know, I've just read The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimmler - it was good, but I felt the ending was a bit of a wet blanket, and the aftermath went on and on. I also had a quick look at a book by Quentin Jardine and one by Barbara Nadel. Yes, I can hear you scratching those crunchy lice in your hair because you're wondering why I might pick up books by two authors I wouldn't normally read. Competition! Yep, I thought: Hey, these two 'trads' are on the bestseller list in police procedurals, so when my wife took me to town in her new Vauxhall Corsa - I haven't told you... Well, the short and the long of it is that my car is off the road because we didn't need two cars when we were both sat at home staring at each other and wishing we were someplace else - I'm retired and Pam (that's her name) was taking time out. Trouble is, my wife's got a job now - you guessed it! She takes the car and I'm using Shank's pony - that's walking for the uninitiated. Don't you just love idioms? I bet young people have never heard of that idiom, or any idiom for that matter! I wonder when the last idiom was invented? Are there idiom inventors plying their trade out there now? Click on the picture and it'll take you to the idiom of the day. So, whilst I was in town I popped into the Charity shops and bought one of each author! I bet you didn't know Barbara Nadel lives in Essex! What a coincidence - so do I! Maybe I'll pop round for tea and scones!
Now, if we're talking exceptional books - and I understand that one man's meat is another man's poison (oops, was that another idiom?) - I'd like to mention The Religion by Tim Willocks, Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein... Now, I could go on and on, because I've read a lot of books, but suffice it to say that there are some books that stay with you, haunt you, and when people say, "Hey, what are your five desert-island books?" You immediately reel them off. When I first read LotR in 1972, it came as one book. Its only recently that the publishers have split it up into three to make more money - a ruse, a gambit, an artifice!
So, what's out there for Indie Authors? Well, proliferating like the plague wouldn't be an understatement, but let's pick a few sites where Indie Authors are welcome, because as you've probably noticed they're not welcomed with open arms everywhere! If you click the picture on the right it will send you to Steampunkery and Book Reviews run by the beautiful Mad Scientist. Clicking on the picture below will take you to the Reel Swell Productions Blog. The one below that... Well, I bet you get the idea. Simply click on the pictures to see where they take you, and don't be surprised if you stay awhile to enjoy what they offer.