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The books I review on this page are special. I don't put every book I've read here, or every book I review. I don't guarantee to put a review here even if I've rated the book at five stars. The books that get a review here are in some way special. They are books that, for me, are at least nine feet tall - in other words, head and shoulders above the crowd.
I favour Indie books. Did I really need to say that? But I don't exclude others if they are truly outstanding. And don't look for a star rating: books listed here don't need one.
Infinite Meat by Jeremy Neeley
DO NOT be put off by the title! I know, it sounds awful. This virtually unknown Indie writer is massively talented. Unknown, that is, at the time I write this. I hope that will change.
When a mysterious plague renders the isolated village of Nugins Knob meatless, the town’s lone butcher, Brady Blockcut, and his daughter, Betty, struggle to cope with dwindling finances. Brady, an abusive father, takes his increasing frustrations out on his daughter, threatening her into finding a wealthy bachelor to wed. But, Betty, not known for her beauty, fails time and time again.
After a final attempt at an arranged courtship falls short, Brady is left only one option. He strikes a deal with the Devil. In exchange for his soul, Brady will be granted an enchanted cow capable of producing infinite meat.
A master manipulator in his own right, Brady tricks Betty into signing the contract, banishing her to hell. He, in turn, reaps the rewards of an everlasting source of income. But things don’t go quite as planned in Hades, or on Earth, and a once loveless heart is sparked anew in the most unlikely way.
What a great story! Clearly inspired by the story of Faust, this is nonetheless an original creation which I venture to suggest is superior to both Goethe's and Marlowe's work. Set in an unspecified pastoral world, Neeley's language is still a comfortable fit for the modern reader. The hard-hearted butcher is a particularly memorable character. The story is unforgettable, and I am tempted to use the adjective, 'genius'.
Clearly an Indie product, this book lacks the polish of a professional edit. This makes little difference to the reader's pleasure, as faults are rare. These minor flaws are completely drowned in the wonderful story-telling, riveting concept and masterful pacing of this must-read book. Whether orthodox Christian theologians would find Neeley's premise tenable I doubt - but then, I don't care: the story is just too good. Do not miss this book!
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