“If it’s bad I’ll hate it because I hate bad writing. If it’s good then I’ll be envious and hate it even more. You don’t want the opinion of another writer.” – Ernest Hemingway (Midnight in Paris.)
This is partially true, being a writer I tend to be really picky when I’m reading other people’s work. I hate badly written things, but, as envious as I am I don’t hate good work. Which is just as well really, because recently, my friends and I all decided to write novels and I just finished reading one of their offerings.
And I am. Envious I mean, because, simply put, it’s incredible.
An Infernal Contract – Aron Smith
My good friend Aron has a book available as a free download from here.
I had the immense pleasure of reading it and loved it so much I thought I ought to tell people about it.
This is the story of Trevor, a sales man who’s well… a bit of an asshat. He has an unfortunate accident and ends up dying in the first chapter, but don’t feel too bad for him, because like I said, asshat. He ends up in hell where he is greeted by Lucifer himself and then given the job of dishing out bad luck to people. The story then takes us through Trevor’s time in hell as a bringer of bad luck and the various things that he learns along the way.
Guys, I can’t even with how good this is.
Things I am unable to do with this: even. (Leah, come on, you are a writer and the best you can come up with to describe the utter genius and brilliance of this piece of work is “I can’t even.” *shakes head in shame at use of Tyler Oakley gif and lack of articulation.)
Like seriously, it’s so amazing that it has had an effect on my vocabulary. I don’t think I can truly express how much I enjoyed it with the words that I possess. I know Aron’s my buddy and all but there is no hint of agenda or bias when I say that this is highly recommended and that I seriously think he should send this off to agents (only I know that they’d pick it up and I’d be insanely jealous because no one ever wants to publish any of my work. Probably because the best I can come up with is me going: I can’t even.) This novel is fresh, it’s funny, it’s wonderfully well paced with a wicked sense of humour. I read it in one day because I physically couldn’t put it down. If you have a kindle, a kindle app or are a user of ibooks then you should head straight to jottify and get yourselves a copy of this stat. (I don’t know what stat means but it has the correct sense of urgency about it.) If you don’t have access to any of those things then maybe, you should just read it as it is on the old computer screen because having it in your mind will benefit your life greatly.
Here is Aron’s Jottify Profile so you can check out some of his other works (his poems are quite spectacular) and here’s twitter and tumblr where you can locate him and tell him of his brilliance yourselves.
The first thing to get my Nick Fury seal of approval!