I Woke Up This Morning by Stuart Ayris

Cover image of I Woke Up This MorningThis is the final part in the Frugality trilogy. On review sites like Amazon and Goodreads, that ask for books to be rated, I keep 5-star reviews for books that I find truly exceptional. I gave this one 5 and, if I could, I’d have given it 10.

The writing style has developed through the trilogy into an extraordinary, free-flowing pouring forth of prose that is frequently poetic. At times I was reminded of Under Milk Wood and Ulysses, but comparisons can’t do it justice. It is unique – not so much a book, more a volcanic eruption of words, ideas and fears with the author as the central character. In a structure I’ve never seen before, the author writes himself into the novel as he joins the characters from the second book in a search for the central character of the first.

What makes it so powerful is not just the content, but the fact that, although this is nominally a novel, it is based on reality. The appalling event that is central to the story, and makes clear earlier events, actually happened.

Through the three books the author has given us hints: little baited hooks to capture us and draw us on.  At last we get to that crucial event that explains what lies behind. It is so vividly described that merely reading it is a gut-wrenching, soul-twisting experience.

Of course, this is faction and we don’t know which parts of the rest of the trilogy are based on reality, but it is more than enough to know the truth of that key event. I hope that the experience of writing the books has been sufficiently cathartic to allow the author to come to terms with his past and live with peace of mind.

I bought the book for Kindle from Amazon where print copies are also available. I Woke Up This Morning: FRUGALITY: Book 3

The Bird that Nobody Sees by Stuart Ayris

cover image for The Bird that Nobody Sees.This is the second book in the Frugality trilogy by Stuart Ayris. The majority of readers who have reviewed this book on Amazon have used the word ‘beautiful’ in their review. If I may, I would like to ask you to stop for a moment and consider the significance of this simple fact. We may regularly describe a flower as beautiful, or a view, or a woman, but to describe the work of a writer as beautiful is moving the use of the word to a higher plane of meaning. The writer’s output is just words on a page; that output cannot be intrinsically beautiful. If beauty exists it lies within the power of those words to move and inspire the reader.
Stuart Ayris’ work may be humourous, it may be exuberant, but it IS beautiful.
This book has a more straightforward, coherent plot than Tollesbury, but ultimately the plot doesn’t matter because this is essentially a study of humanity and human relationships. Don’t feel you have to read Tollesbury first as the only connection is the basic theme, but you WILL want to read it after reading this one, so you may as well read it first!
This is what indie writing/publishing should be all about – using the freedom to publish work that is so original that traditional publishers are frightened to touch it.
I urge you to read this book. It is very different from Tollesbury Time Forever and I have the feeling that we are being set up for something special in the final book.

I bought the book for Kindle from Amazon where print copies are also available. The Bird That Nobody Sees: FRUGALITY: Book 2