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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey | Book Review

Wow. Where to begin. Let me start by saying that this is the best book I've read in a long time. The story was amazing, keeping you turning the pages, not wanting to stop reading and not wanting the story to end because it's so good! There's not extra fluff, the prose isn't flowery - and yet it is written with much more beauty than most of the stuff I read. It has a way of giving you the story without extra padding or heavy description or exposition and yet makes you take a breath every once in a while to appreciate the refined poetic way Hugh Howey writes. This guy is a gifted storyteller AND a gifted writer. You don't see that often. It isn't easy to write in a way where the words don't get in the way of the story and the reader is able to just take it in and enjoy what's happening to the characters. If you get that in a book you know you're in good hands, but when they can do that and still sprinkle in amazing prose that has such a poetic beauty with wonderful images, similes, thoughtful ideas, well - you get Wool by Hugh Howey. Beyond all of that, the story world Hugh has built is so awesome! You just want to keep reading more about it. I'm so glad he's now writing the Shift books going back in time and telling us how the Silos came to be. I cannot wait to dig into the first prequel book First Shift! This guy is my hero. He has been cranking out these Wool books at an amazing pace and you'd think he spent years on them. They are just so well written and the stories are so well crafted. Now that I've read them for pleasure I think I'll have to do a slow reread, taking notes on why it is so good so I can learn from it as a writer how to do it right. Hugh Howey does it right in so many ways with Wool Omnibus. Best book of 2012 hands down.

If you don't want to take my word for it, the first book is free at Amazon. What are you waiting for? If I were you I would just pick up Wool Omnibus Edition and get all 5 of the books in one. Trust me, you're not going to want to wait the minute it will take you to go download the rest of the story. Then when you're done with that and you know what I was talking about in saying how amazing Wool is - you can read Hugh Howey's prequel novels:

The dude writes so fast, there may be more Wool books by the time you're reading this so enjoy all the Wool goodness Hugh Howey has to offer. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Now, back to reading more Wool.


  1. "Now that I've read them for pleasure I think I'll have to do a slow reread, taking notes on why it is so good so I can learn from it as a writer how to do it right."

    This is exactly what I did, lol. Took some serious pointers.

    1. Awesome! That makes me want to do it even more. I really love the way Hugh writes AND the way he tells a story. I'm finding out after writing seriously for a little while now that those two things are very different. Thank you so much for commenting! I just checked out your website - great stuff. I'll have to keep an eye on it. Happy holidays!