I read In Loco Parentis by Nigel Bird several months ago (review of In Loco Parentis here if you’d like to check it out) and downloaded these two books when he was offering them as freebies several months ago as well.
Now this is the big problem with Kindle indie ebooks: so many writers are willing to offer their work at no charge in order to build their audience that as a reader when you see something free by a writer you’ve already tried and know to be good you grab it with both hands like the archetypical kid in a sweet shop and then it sits in your WTBR folder for weeks; moral of story – stop being greedy!
Sleeps with the Fishes
If you haven’t tried anything written by Nigel Bird this is a quick read that will give you a taster of what a good writer he is. Written as a memoir of life in a dystopian future where a fascist regime has taken charge employing extreme scapegoating tactics and brutality, the protagonist is in hiding awaiting discovery. When the end comes you have a complete picture of the story so far and are as anxious yourself as he is.
The writing is economical and every word gives its full weight to the story. Amazingly the author manages to include some amusing and pithy lines into a dark and sombre tale. This is an extremely well written short story and is well worth a look.
After reading Sleeps with the Fishes, I realised I’d read Mr Suit but never got round to writing a review of it. I try to write a review for every book I’ve had as a free book because it only seems courteous if someone has given you a gift to acknowledge it. So apologies to Mr Nigel Bird for not posting a review of Mr Suit sooner. Anyway, I read Mr Suit again and thoroughly enjoyed reading it a second time.
Mr Suit is a long short story, probably of novella length, in Nigel Bird’s Killer Kindle series.
Archie is a gangster who has taken a bullet in the head and can no longer do anything except blink: which he does repeatedly to communicate with his wife Lisa. Lisa has had enough and goes to ask Mr Suit, Archie’s old boss, to put him out of his misery.
You can get that part of the story from the free sample but the rest you’ll have to download and read for yourself: which is well worth doing because this book is extremely funny, well written and entertaining.
The characters are larger than life but not stereotypes and in a relatively few pages you get a story which would make a really good full length film.
There is nothing predictable about this book and at times it is so funny you laugh out loud. The ending – brilliant!!!
The writing is sharp, economical and dazzlingly clear; dialogue is crisp and not a word is wasted.
It’s difficult to write comments about this book without giving away some of the plot and I’m not going to do that; I just hope you’ll get a copy and read it for yourself.
You can get more info about these and Nigel Bird’s other titles on his Amazon book page.