Bill Thibadeau


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  • Vestal Virgin on June 16, 2011

    Other reviews tell you the storyline of this fine novel set in Rome during the time of Nero so I will concentrate on the writing. Suzanne Tyrpak has shown herself to be a first tier writer. She has woven a tale of life and tribulations of a historically accurate Vestal Virgin. I was unaware that they even existed. Suzanne has crafted a wonderfully articulate story of fictional characters interwoven amongst historical figures. Characters are introduced cleanly giving the reader the ability to immerse themselves in the story. There are a fair number of characters that are interwoven yet there is no confusion regarding their purpose. Throughout the book, I felt that I was the proverbial fly on the wall. I felt that I could actually visualize the story rather than just reading words on a page. The writing style is engrossing – you are drawn in and kept entranced. If I had a physical book I am sure that I would have been unable to put it down. I read the first half on my iPhone which is not the best medium. I finished using a Kindle reader app which allowed me to read more in one sitting. I believe Ms. Tyrpak has established herself as an author capable of competing with the mainstream published authors. I am waiting with great anticipation for her next novel that I understand may be out by years end.
  • An Epitaph for Coyote: A Novel on July 05, 2011

    I received this book as a freebie in exchange for a review. I am so thankful that I received the eBook as I would have missed a great read otherwise. I initially thought this novel was going to be a light hearted romp through the life of a nerdish accountant cubicle living guy. The read started out with humor and a lightness that was very enjoyable and kept me reading. The whole reading experience changed for me when Rosa entered the life of our dear accountant. I realized that I had been set up by the author who drew me in expertly. The set up was a good thing and actually brought a wry smile to my face. With Rosa in the story, the theme of the book became much deeper causing me to slow down and smell the roses. Each character in the book became profound to me. Their individual stories of life caused me to reflect on my own life. And yes, the title is very meaningful. A soulful thought process of the title as your read progresses will result in a much deeper appreciation of the writing ability and style of this author. I heartily recommend this book to everyone and I will be reading the next book without question. I gave the book 5 stars because I could not give it 4.5 stars. The book does have spelling and grammatical issues but not enough to take away from the memorable experience.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.