I have begun the transfer of my current ebook collection from my computer to my Kindle. And it’s not happening very smoothly. :(
Either I’m not doing it right (which is entirely possible), or else pdfs on Kindle kinda suck. It pains me to use the word “suck” and “Kindle” in the same sentence. And I’m sure I just messed up my search terms big time with that!
I’m fairly certain that there is some program somewhere that I can use to work around this–but I’m not technically savvy enough to figure that out, nor do I have the patience or time to.
So, I am selecting my favorites from my existing ebook collection and getting them again, in Kindle format. There are a few I’d really like to read again and preferably not on my tiny Netbook screen with the harsh lighting.
The first one to leap from my PC to my Kindle is a novel called Amity by Jeremy D. Brooks.
I had the pleasure of meeting Brooks last year at a writerly event and was able to talk to him about his book. I skimmed the back cover over drinks, but figured as long as he was there, I’d rather have him tell me about it.
Essentially, the hook: “Close your eyes and think of a phrase that describes the most horrible act that you can imagine.” wasn’t specific enough for me. I asked him to elaborate.
Which he did.
And he sold me on it.
Now, I won’t say what exactly he said that sealed the deal, because that will seriously screw with my search terms. ;)
What does Brooks do best in Amity? He manages to horrify me with no help whatsoever from anything supernatural. Yep. No genre tricks up his sleeve–just pure, honest-to-goodness, horror that is MAN.
This is the style of horror that I used to write, but have fallen away from. I’m not really sure why. And I guess it is inspiring to see someone else doing it, and doing it well. Perhaps that’s part of why I enjoyed this book so much.
The horror in Amity snuck up on me. It lingered beneath the surface for most of the book, then WHAM!–hit me hard around 3/4 of the way through. I read the last quarter in one sitting, whole body tense–waiting to see how it’d all come out.
Much of the book is written in chatroom format, which I found really interesting. I am a dialogue heavy kinda girl, so chatspeak is extremely appealing to me. Plus, it also makes this a really quick read–in other words, there’s lots of white space. You can easily read Amity in a weekend. And I recommend that you do.
It’s a screaming deal at Amazon for your Kindle, and available in paperback or other e-formats as well.
Now, if Brooks would just get a hustle on that next project of his…
Earlier this year, over on his blog, he promises something darker and edgier, something that will take what he explores in Amity and go deeper. For as dark as Amity gets, I do think he can go darker. And I can’t wait.