Bill Thibadeau

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  • The Virgin King on July 19, 2011

    As you can tell the ratings are either low or very high. It is almost as if there were two different books that have been reviewed. I did not find this book to be a worthwhile read. It is very slow, the language is neither historical nor interesting. I had a great deal of trouble keeping my mind on the topic or characters. I managed to slog through about half of the book before giving up. The subject matter or storyline are both viable but simply too drawn out and muddled to make it a recommended read.
  • Grundish and Askew on Sep. 08, 2011

    This book is about two very dysfunctional brothers with a very strong brotherly relationship. I found the book to be very graphic and unnerving at times. This is not a book for those with sensitive feelings. However, the story is captivating as are the characters. My favorite character was Turleen and she is a supporting act. The story is a sort of violent Thelma and Louise but much more captivating. The author has written a very compelling story of how bad life can get if there is an occurrence that lets the mind slip a bit out of phase. I recommend this book for those not faint of heart. It is a good somber read.
  • American Nightmare on Sep. 08, 2011

    The premise of the book has a Dexterish promise so I was initially interested. This novella is not Dexter but I found it to be worth reading. I could empathize with the main character but not agree with his psychotic response to his situation. The writing style needs polishing and some editing. However, the longish short story kept me reading to the end. The ending is open for a sequel but please, don't write it. I was intrigued enough to read the story given the length. I could not/would not read the full length novel of this story. If you like the horror genre, this would be a worthwhile read and it is worth $0.99. Buy this novella and help support T.K. Murphy. I think this author has promise. I gave it 3.0 stars but would have given 3.5 if that option was available.
  • Dirty Little Angels on Sep. 16, 2011

    A giant thank you to the indie writers that give away their books to us through LibraryThing. I would never have purchased this book outright due to the dark nature of the story. That would have been my loss. I cannot say this was a quick fun read. It deals realistically with the dark side of the less fortunate and forgotten part of our society. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and their development. The progression of the story through the tribulations of the characters was very well written and kept me engrossed to the very end. While I was reading, I was thinking "Even though it is well written, what is the point of the story?" Then I had the proverbial light bulb illuminate in my brain. This story made me feel just like I was watching a Hallmark Presents on TV. They are always so well written, that I enjoy them simply for the subtleness of the story. Dirty Little Angels could easily be pitched for prime time. Highly recommend and wish that I could give 4.5 stars.
  • The Telescope Builder and Other Stories on Sep. 26, 2011

    I found the individual stories lacking when compared to the overall story that is the totality of the short stories. The overall is a simplistic compendium of a young teenager. I am not into YA stories so this read was not for me. However, if you read each story and can commit yourself to finishing, you should be well satisfied if you like this genre.
  • Xenofreak Nation, Book One: XBestia on Oct. 28, 2011

    I won this book from LibraryThing in exchange for a review. It is difficult to fully know what to expect from the snippets on LibraryThing so I was a little apprehensive given the odd title. I was almost immediately hooked into the story and think the title is appropriate. The other reviews illustrate the basic storyline and characters so I ask you to read them. I want to mention why I enjoyed the book as much as I did. Ms. Conway is known for her YA and romance novels. Two genres that I do not care for yet I am enthusiastic about this book. The author has written a fast paced undercover cop story, with characters that stand out from the page, and with enough variations in the story to keep me reading. If I had the time, it would have been a cover to cover read in a single setting. This book is a fine example why I have essentially eschewed the main stream novelists and concentrated on the fine indie writers. I think these writers deserve to have recognition for their fine work. Ever since my first ebook (Vestal Virgin by Suzanne Tyrpak [5 stars]), I have only read indie authors and feel that I am more satisfied than by the mainstream authors. Give this odd titled wonder a chance - you will be very pleased.
  • Grave Situation on Nov. 09, 2011

    I won this book through LibraryThing in exchange for a review - so here it is. The story is set in rural Canada and reminded me of John Stanford or Brian Freeman books. As I was delving into this book, I was thinking that this was a great debut novel worth high marks. The characters came to life for me. I enjoyed that the story was from two perspectives - the detective and the serial killer. The story flowed well and kept my interest until the story started winding down. The ending seemed a bit trite to me and underwhelming. I think the ending was a decent concept but not well executed. I remember thinking, good idea but it just fell a bit flat. I liked the novel and recommend it heartily.
  • A Secure Heart on Nov. 09, 2011

    I won this book through LibraryThing in exchange for a review - so here it is. Let's get the only negative out of the way first. The author would benefit from a good editor. There were times when I had to stop, and reread sections to really understand what was happening. Fortunately the lack of great editing did not really hurt the story. This book was a bit of a love story but in an interesting way. I enjoyed the way in which the author took a set of characters and created four consecutive stories. She was able to keep the stories interesting by her choice of story lines. Even though this book is essentially a adult romance, I found it to be well written with good characters. I found myself cheering for the characters even though they were not all "good" people. I may be in the minority but I thought this book to be about how people come off as mean, arrogant, callous, etc. to some people yet they come off exactly the opposite to others. Basically, everyone has good within them if the right person comes along to bring that person to the surface.
  • Diary of the Displaced - Book 1 - The Journal of James Halldon on Nov. 13, 2011

    I was a recipient of this book from the LibraryThing member giveaway in exchange for a review. I do not seek out dark fantasy, zombie, or ghost stories. Sometimes a person benefits by stepping outside their comfort zone. Such was the case with this book. I found this book to be engrossing and kept my interest. I read it in three sittings simply because it was a bit addicting. I actually rate the storyline, the ending, the characters at a 4.5 star level. I lowered my overall rating to 4.0 stars because of the obvious lack of editing. Sometimes I had to go back and re-read a passage to see what the author was trying to actually say. It is a good book and I highly recommend it to everyone. This is a good "outside of the box" read. I am looking forward to the sequel.
  • Chasing Spirits - The Memoirs of Reginald Weldon on Nov. 15, 2011

    I had just finished Deary of the Displaced immediately before reading Chasing spirits which is subtitled Diary of the Displaced #2. There was not a whole lot to correlate the two stories and the areas that were referenced in both titles were only a matter of mention. Nothing was done to flesh them out. A lost opportunity perhaps? I am not a stalwart fan of the dark supernatural fantasy genre. Even so, I preferred the first diary of the Displaced over this title. I felt the first book had more plot twists and interest. The author has a strong knack of good story telling. I do find the lack of editing a bit wearisome. It is almost as if he is rushing the product out the door. It is also possible that the British vernacular is a cause of the apparent poor editing. I will be reading his third book starting today now that I have finished the first two. I am looking forward to the third book and hope he writes more.
  • Peril: A Ger Mayes Thriller on Nov. 25, 2011

    Slow and droll start that almost had me putting down this book and thinking that not all indie books are worth reading. However, the author has a good writing style and there was just enough of a tantalizing plot that I thought I should keep reading since the author spent a good deal of time writing. As I got past the doldrums, I found myself reading a fast paced, well crafted story, with unlikeable characters. I was hooked! I was mesmerized by the path the characters take and their tribulations. I don't write reviews with a story synopsis, I just try to let potential readers know the strengths and weaknesses of a book. I highly recommend this book with the suggestion that you have access to a British-English dictionary at hand. There is a lot of British slang that warrant deciphering the meaning. Failure to do so actually diminishes the quality of the read. One thing has left me in a quandary. I don't really know if the ending is a great twist on a story full of twists or simply a feeble attempt at an ending to meet a deadline. It is easy to accept either as reality. I sat there for a long time thinking about the ending and the book as a whole. I select the former as the answer to my quandary but you may not. In summary, please pick up this book in any format available. Be patient and you will be more that satisfied.
  • Dumpsterotica: How Dirty Are You? on Nov. 25, 2011

    The characters are full of potential.. The writing is full of potential. I hope that Allie Beck will come out with regular length stories. I enjoyed her style and characters - just not enough of it. I prefer to ease into the characters so that I can have a sense of who they are. I was not able to do that with this short story - because - it is a short story. I gave the 3.5 star rating because I was left with a promising author but no substantive novel. Looking forward to more from Allie.
  • Twenty-Five Years Ago Today on Dec. 12, 2011

    Most reviews center on the story line. I read reviews to find out which genre the book is, the quality of the writing, the character development, and how the author fared keeping the reader interested. There are no spoilers here as I will not address the story line as such. Overall an excellent first novel. I enjoyed the fluid writing style. The author created a good array of characters and intertwined them very well. The first 80% of the book had me engrossed. As the plot started to wind towards the ending, I felt the story took on a tried and true ending. I was able to figure out the ending easily and that was a disappointment. The book really deserves some twists instead of the very predictable linear ending. I do recommend this book to anyone that enjoys mysteries and suspense. Stacy has the skills required for a first tier author. I will read more of the author's work including Sink or Swim which was included in an extract form in the ebook I read.
  • Host on Dec. 19, 2011

    My primary comment is that it seems the author wrote each scene after carefully describing absolutely every physical thing in the scene. Far too much minutiae - to the point that the storyline became muddled. It was not until the last 20% of the book that the story picked up. I was surprised to find out that this seemingly chick-lit novella turned into a vampire story. The product could have benefited from editing e.g. candelabra and candle bra are not the same thing.
  • The Cemetery Vote on Dec. 22, 2011

    Another great book by an indie author! The plot is something I have not encountered in all my previous reads so I found it interesting. The storyline is actually more than one story loosely interwoven. The author does a good job of keeping them standing on their own merit but does weave them together using the same physical scenes as a segway to the next chapter. The characters are interesting and come to life in the story. I had a difficult time putting the book down as it was so interesting. I will definitely look for more books by this author. I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone that enjoys fiction.
  • Tyler Palewhite:Soft-Boiled Detective on Dec. 31, 2011

    I found this long novella to be a fun read. As others have stated, the storyline flow is confusing due to abrupt scene changes between paragraphs. The story would have flowed much better if these changes were defined by some sort of physical break like starting a new chapter. It is true that the characters could have been developed more but that was not important to me. I cared only about Tyler and Angel as I see their relationship as a "to be continued" basis for more stories. I give this a rating of 3.5 stars for significant formatting problems. I enjoyed the story and hope there are more to come.
  • Naming The Moon on Jan. 03, 2012

    This novella could have been so much more if the author had invested the time and energy. The two plot lines are incomplete and need much more substance. The characters are not developed sufficiently. It is too bad really as the author really has some talent. If he had developed the stories to their full fruition, I would have been much more satisfied. The two plots are good concepts but they just don't go anywhere. A round past a decent bout of editing would also be warranted as the novella is choppy and does not flow well. I have also read his longer novella, Tyler Palewhite. That book is an improvement over Naming the Moon because of the time taken to develop the story more effectively. It does suffer from the same lack of editing. I expect that time and the addition of a good editor will elevate this author to a much higher level and probable commercial success.
  • Trang on March 30, 2012

    I found this story of the first human interaction with alien species to be interesting. I am normally not a sci-fi reader but won this book from LibraryThing. This story was well crafted and written. The different species types and their interactions was interesting and I found myself anxious to read more to see what happens next. I especially enjoyed the characters and their development. The author does a good job quickly establishing the many characters in a way that I was able to grasp each as individuals yet manage to keep them separate and independent. This is a good read and should be read by all scifi buffs.
  • The Price on April 13, 2012

    I received this book as a freebie in exchange for reviews. This book is a fantasy story set within the Boston mafia world. I normally do not read fantasy books. Neither of these items play a part in my honest review.This book is simply about a Boston mob-wizard. Sounded like an odd plot to me when I realized quite early on that was the subject. I thought - get real and Are you kidding me? I was very surprised that the story actually works and works very well. The book is a polished novel even though I don't care for the genre. The author has managed good proofreading and editing. I cannot think of a single instance where I thought there was anything lazy or unprofessional in the story. It has been some time since I have been able to say that.The characters ALL came to life quickly for me. The story is fast paced, interesting and entertaining. In reality, the quality of writing actually had me believing the magic was real (ok - maybe not completely). Since I am not a magic fan, that is praise for the skill of the author.I heartily recommend this book to just about anyone, If you are very religious, maybe you should look somewhere else. If you have sensitive ears when if comes to colorful language, read something else. (What, you were expecting clean prose in a Boston mob book? Didn't you see the Sopranos?) Seriously, this is a well written and entertaining book. Before you fuggedaboutit, pick up a copy and have a good read!
  • Fresh Flesh on April 18, 2012

    Another great free novel from Librarything. I love their member giveaways that help me to discover new authors through reading their debut novels. I am not generally a horror reader but this book has opened my eyes to how good they can be. Fresh Flesh is a good, actually great. debut novel. It is a horror story that kept me anxious for more of the story. I liked almost all of the story. The only part that seemed unnecessary was the parts dealing with the dirt. The dirt was a minor player throughout the story (Sar's part) that I felt the ending tried too hard to incorporate the dirt as an integral part of the story. I enjoyed the characters and the flashbacks that described their past transgressions and why they were on the island. This writing style allowed for more depth and understanding of the characters and made them more interesting. I did find the ending to be a bit sad as I was pulling for the main character. Mr Russell has talent and has done well in his first novel outing. He has gone the extra mile to have beta readers, proof readers, has paid for sleeve art, etc. This book is recommended for all and especially for horror genre fans.
  • Michael Belmont and the Tomb of Anubis on April 21, 2012

    This book reminded me of the Hardy Boys in a fantasy land. As an older adult, I am not a fantasy or YA genre fan but I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Aside from some problems with misspellings and wrong choice of words, I was actually surprised that I did enjoy the book. The storyline was well conceived and planned. Aside from the fantasy aspects of the immortals, werewolves, and shape shifters the story was plausible. Even though the characters are not deeply developed, I did somewhat feel for them. The story is fast paced and easy to follow. If you like the fantasy and YA genres, this book is for you.
  • Last Man Through the Gate on April 23, 2012

    I was quite interested in this novella as I started reading. The storyline of the gate was a great premise that unfortunately failed to go anywhere. I wanted there to be more of a story but that would have meant a novel instead of a novella. I do not think very much of the character development. I never felt anything for any of the characters. The ending left we waiting for the ending to happen. It just ended. I was expecting to see a single page that said - ....continued in the next installment.... but that didn't happen. Did I enjoy the story? Yes I did but was left wanting more. I think the author has skill and I will endeavor to read other works by him.
  • The Wardens of Punyu (The Handover Mysteries, Vol. I) on May 19, 2012

    I struggle with reviewing this book. My struggle is whether to rate based on the storyline or the quality of writing. More on that later. The storyline is morose and compelling. I have no doubt that the subject matter is accurate and indicative of what goes on behind the red curtain. From that perspective, this is a compelling story that we should all have the opportunity to read. Global reality is sometimes very hard to accept. The writing is obviously done by someone for which English is a second language. The author's English language skills are pretty good but that makes it all the more difficult to read a sentence when the syntax goes awry or extra words are inserted. I found myself re-reading sentences over and over trying to find the point. Sometimes I failed and had to read on. In addition, the author repeats storyline items over and over as if he is trying to remind the reader of the instant point he wishes to make. I found this redundance bothersome. I compromised my rating as a 4 for the storyline and a 3 for the writing style for an average of 3.5. Since I think the story is important for everyone to be aware of, I rounded the rating up to a 4 (except on Librarything where I can give half star ratings.)
  • Omegasphere on May 20, 2012

    I am not a Sci-Fi fan. Fortunately for me, this novella is not standard sci-fi in terms of plot or characters. I enjoyed the book, with the exception of the ending, very much. I do not think the ending was up to the rest of the story. I was engaged from the beginning by the writing style and the interesting characters. I do think that all sci-fi fans should get this novella and spend a couple of hours engrossed in the read. For me, I will read more by the author.
  • A Storm Hits Valparaiso on May 26, 2012

    I appreciate that this book exists as it gave me a quick summary of the struggle for independence of some South American countries. That was not enough for me to give this book a good review. I think that this story of historical fiction is reminiscent of James Michener's two volume set of the beginnings of South Africa. That tome was enjoyable and dealt with the full history of South Africa. A Storm Hits Valparaiso misses the boat in telling a thoughtful story of the independence of some South American countries. It is choppy and muddled. I found some chapter breaks in the middle of a continuing thought and at other times, dramatic changes were not chapter breaks. This book takes on too many countries in one story. It would have fared better by concentrating on expanding the story to provide more continuity and depth of data so the reader may understand what was happening in a interactive manner. I felt the author was reporting to me on some aspects of history instead of living it with me. There were also too many inconsequential characters. I would rather that the author would have concentrated the main people in the story. I found St. Martin and Cochrane well developed and interesting. If you are a fan of historical fiction and would like a cursory history of the lower South American struggle for independence, then this may be a good choice for you.
  • Staying Human on June 25, 2012

    While I was reading this book I was prepared to give a very low rating. Three stars to me means I enjoyed more than disliked the book. I won this on a member giveaway from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.This book is in need of editing and proofreading. The storyline is an interesting premise but it is choppy and repeats Jack's prowess over and over. I did get a bit tired of reading about every move Jack performed in melee circumstances. There is quite a bit of significant misspelling which broke up the flow for me. An example is lour. What is that? The answer is lure but it took awhile to figure that out. So, why didn't I slam the author? Because I read his bio that he included at the end of the story. This is a first time author who is only 20 years old. I give him a lot of respect to be able to get his act together to publish a legitimate book at a young edge.I do think that Kyle has potential and I would indeed read more of his work. He needs to find a mentor and some proofreaders that can spell.Keep writing Kyle - you will have a breakthrough. I do suggest that you lower your price. $7.99 for a newbie ebook author is a bit steep.
  • African Revenge on Feb. 21, 2014

    Initially, this book seemed to be about a group of people on a crocodile hunt along a river in Africa. In truth, that hunt while interesting, is merely the backdrop to the story. The real focus, and strength, of this story is the relationships between the white, the blacks, and the different tribes. I found the interrelations between these societal elements to be fascinating. I learned about African cultures at a grass rot level.I sometime gauge my rating of a book based loosely on how much of the story I gloss or skim over. I must admit that I read each and every word of this book. This is not a feel good book since it is a bit bloody. Even though there is a great story of the people, the action-adventure portions of the hunt are well written.I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I honestly recommend this book to everyone. You will read about a great story that you may have no awareness.