Sirloin Furr is a 29 year old Caucasian male. From the dawn of his genesis, he's been heavily inebriated by music and film, endowing him with a prenatal awareness for eccentric story telling. This awareness sparked a fuse that sent him to Temple University, where he was spoon fed a secondary education of english literature and philosophy that spawned the beginning of Awful, Ohio, while strolling down Norris and 12th street in Philadelphia in 2008. Although no longer living in Philadelphia, this prenatal awareness remained within, following him back to York County, where he currently resides with his wife and daughter. When not project managing at his job, inventing absurd products, jamming his guitar with sloppy chord changes, and engineering new plot lines for upcoming novels, he enjoys his days with his wife. They both spend their time fending off the demonic mortgage monster that attempts to devour their savings, but also engage in whatever activities attract their routinely altering interests. Currently, they are fixated on event directing and salads.
on April 23, 2012 :
I bought this book because it was only $1, and I like the ufo on the cover. The plot synopsis was enticing and so was the video trailer. My improper choices of books (such as this) often lead to a punishment for vanity, as the story never fulfills the expected quality. With out any doubt, I cannot say the same for Awful, Ohio. The story was phenomenally told. Mundane characteristics that are transformed into significant and important story building blocks are manifested thoroughly and excessively creative throughout the story. This story has multiple characters, all of which are perfectly built to express the surreal and imaginative quality that Awful, Ohio possesses. I found this book to be completely surprising in the rare artistic quality that is missing from indie authors today.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on March 29, 2012 :
Frankly, I applaud this novel for its ambition and enthusiasm. Compared to the rest of the indie community (that I have read), Awful, Ohio has a clear distinction in superior story and characters.
Firstly, the characters and explicit and fantastic. Their names are unique and subtly comical, boarding a fine line of absurdity and realness. They are all fantastically manic, self absorbed by their own purposes, which then intertwine into a twisting tale of chaos and unpredictability, which leads to another quality:
This story is so outrageous that one man's epiphany ultimately conquers his own desires and overcomes Awful, Ohio. Each character motive is perplexing ludicrous, but justified.
As far as indie novel's go, this one definitely attempts to blend with the literary greats of Vonnegut and Heller. There is surrealism, insanity, and comedy. Certainly a literary farce that is unrivaled in the indie community. Definitely looking forward to anything else Neal may publish in the future.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 28, 2011 :
Awful, Ohio is a story of what happens when one man’s determination and desire to achieve happiness coincide with passion. The characters in the book are well developed and follow a story line that is intriguing and mysterious. Throughout the story the reader is perpetually wondering how Troy Slushy is going to achieve his seemingly unrealistic goal of blowing up the sun and living happily ever after in the dark with his lovely wife, Lacy. With the addition of intricate secondary characters and villains the reader finds themselves cheering for Troy Slushy to prevail. Not only is the surface story one of intrigue but so is the underlying message of the state of the world that we live in today, fueled by money, greed and materialism. Not since Fight Club, have I read a piece of work that so cleverly attempts to show the audience what a backwards society we live in.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)