I have been really, really impressed with 3 works of fiction so far this year.
All independent authors. All on the Kindle.
Here are the three. And all are 5 stars on Goodreads (other 2 5 star books on GoodReads read in 2012 both poetry: “Chicago Poems” by Carl Sandburg; “Coney Island of the Mind” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti). http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3177908?shelf=read
“Post-Human” by David Simpson which I finished yesterday. Excellent science fiction of a world with an emdedded AI. Fascinating and dystopian.
“Wool” by Hugh Howey. Wonderful novella (approximately 60 pages) .. Another dystopian fiction set in a destroyed world, where everyone lives in a silo. If you disobey the rules, you have to go outside and clean the windows. Excellent characters, heartbreaking. There is now a Wool 1-5 in the Wool Omnibus. I like this book enough that I want to buy a signed paper copy.
“Slammed” by Colleen Hoover. An excellent YA book about a 18 year old that just lost her father and moves from Texas to Michigan, and loves the guy across the street but there are complications. Excellent characters, and great use of slam poetry. This may be my favorite of the three. Have also become good Twitter friends with Colleen.
I know the Kindle has many detractors, but it provides an amazing start for authors to become discovered, and to get their words out there. These 3 books are just the start of how good Kindle books can be.
One of my favorites of last year was Simon Wood’s “The Fall Guy,” crime fiction about rearending the wrong guy (drug dealer) and then seeing how far down the rabbit hole you go.
So if you see something with a good review on Kindle, it sounds interesting, get a sample and try it out.
All of these books are incredibly cheap on Kindle.
Wool 1 is 99 cents (free right now) http://www.amazon.com/Wool-ebook/dp/B005FC52L0/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
Fall Guy $0.99. http://www.amazon.com/The-Fall-Guy-ebook/dp/B00427YO2W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1329307170&sr=1-1
Try them out and tell me some of your favorites.