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Hailing from Gisborne, New Zealand, Warwick Stubbs has spent most of his adult life experiencing an array of different jobs starting in Auckland, and ending up in Invercargill. Time down south allowed him to pursue a Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Music (Composition Major) while leading a heavy progressive rock band in between. After leaving study he continued his sampling of part-time jobs which would come to inspire a number of scenes for his first novel 'I am the Local Atheist'.
Stubbs has written stories since a young age, poetry on occasion, but says the majority of his literary efforts during his late teens and 20s was invested in writing song lyrics, of which he has produced over 250. "Song lyrics, like poetry, provide a platform to create pictures in short form, but there needs to be a great deal more focus on what is being conveyed and how that fits into the canvas of music that sits behind it." A collection of some of these lyrics has been projected for the near future.
on July 02, 2014 :
It was ultimately a sweet and thought provoking story.
I can understand why some people may find the book offensive in parts, but if you get deeper into it you find that the author has insight into both sides of the Christian/atheist argument in a way that isn’t overbearing or one sided. He also adds some great emotional depth to the characters and while the themes are heavy he breaks it up with some humorous and entertaining scenes.
It did take 2 attempts to get into the story, but once I did I was hooked and found myself up until 3 in the morning trying to finish it and I’m glad I did. I can honestly say I enjoyed the story and it definitely has me thinking about a few things now. I hope more people read it.
(review of free book)
on May 10, 2014 :
Loved this novel because it had good characters, some funny situations, and great dialogue.
I really dug the conversations that David and Lucas have - very interesting to see two very different views (atheist and Christian) in theological disagreement, but the friendship still going somewhere that supplies some kind of companionship. These conversations reminded me of how old-time authors used to dig deep into what the characters had to say about the world and weren't afraid to let their characters say it! I liked that - it really got me thinking about where I stood with my beliefs rather than being hammered it through a non-fiction diatribe!
Much of the humour is told through video game references, but the situations are still funny even if you don't get what they are referring to.
The story is all about how he is trying to avoid the past through finding a new life outside of the Church which he had once belonged to, as well as falling back into bad habits like video games and drugs. It's not too long before you find out why he got kicked out, and that's only the first of a number of revelations that David is trying to forget. All in all a great heart-felt novel with well drawn characters that you really feel for as they try to live out their lives, and it all made sense and added up to a satisfying and logical conclusion.
(review of free book)