Thursday, January 3, 2013

Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5), by Hugh Howey

I read this book based on a recommendation from a buddy, and what a good recommendation it was!   Because Mr. Howey self publishes on Kindle, the five books of his Wool novel are available for $5.99, which would be a bargain even if the novel weren't as well written, engaging and clever as it is.

Wool describes a future world where folks like in a silo:  neighborhoods are defined by floors, and there is no going outside.  This is because outside is a contaminated, scared world where one can't live long without protection.

But don't imagine that this book is a downer; the characters and story line kept me going without hesitation.

If you are interested in this novel but don't have a Kindle device, realize that you can read the book on your computer or Android with free Kindle software.   Or, you can download Mr. Howey's books in the Apple store as well.  Or from his website.

Update (1 Feb 2013):  I just read that Ridley Scott bought the movie rights, and Random House the hardcover publishing rights.   Mr. Howey not only writes outstanding science fiction but also has demonstrated that self publishing is a completely credible approach to both getting one's works read and making money.

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