Happy end of August! It has been a long hot summer here in Texas so I’m very excited at the prospect of fall moving in (although in reality it’ll probably take at least another month for us). I’m also excited for the end of the month because today I start what I hope will be a long tradition – the Indie Showcase. At the end of every month I’ll be sharing with you the indie books I enjoyed reading the most throughout the month. These books will be available on the sidebar all month as well as the Indie Showcase page.
The following three books really stood out to me this month. Below is a brief summary of each and links to purchase. Please consider supporting these awesome indie authors by buying their work and leaving reviews for them on Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords or wherever you normally purchase/review books. Thanks and have a great last day of the month!
Cutting Your Losses – Robin Kalinich
More Ink Publishing, Released July 2013 , 41 pages
Although this collection of ten stories is definitely gritty and often unsettling, I found it so full of vivid imagery and realistic characters that I was immediately sucked in. The stories are set in a variety of unusual places, from trailer parks to dive bars, and I felt fully immersed in every setting as I read. Each story gives the reader just enough to connect with the characters and the story without being too wordy, showing the author’s mastery of writing. If you are a fan of E. Annie Proulx or Cormac McCarthy you will definitely enjoy these stories.
Thinking Plainly Limited, Released February 2012 , 35 pages
This novella length story is a deeply interesting exploration of human loneliness. The main character, Addison seems to be finally living out his dream of peace and quiet. But the story quickly takes an unusual turn and becomes disorienting in a very pleasurable way. The further into the story you read, the more you wonder what is really going on. Incomplete flashbacks added to the tension and left me constantly curious to learn Addison’s real story. I loved the descriptions of his surroundings and the psychological pain which he’s obviously experiencing, something many of us have undoubtedly felt. Readers who enjoy Edgar Allen Poe’s work should pick this one up!
Crocus Books, Released July 2013 , 233 pages
An intriguing story that focuses on survivors of an alien invasion, book one in the Kyrathaba Chronicles hooked me with the unusual plotline. Instead of focusing on the invasion itself, the novel tells the story of a group of people living underground almost two centuries later. The way Miller cleverly mixed the sci-fi and fantasy elements pleasantly reminded me of Michael Crichton’s Timeline (which blended science fiction and historical fiction). The writing and editing are both excellent making this well worth a read. You can read my interview with the author here to learn more about the author and book.