Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Obituarist by Paul Waters

I have been a follower and fan of Paul Waters' BLACKWATERTOWN blog for some time now. It is very entertaining, he's a great host, and has some really interesting and loyal followers. The long, drawn out sickness and eventual death of my dad, had kept me out of the blogging loop for a good stretch, and I was very surprised and excited when I read yesterday that Paul had a new story available in eBook format. I downloaded it to my nook ($2.75) yesterday and finished last night, and glad I did. You can find out all the details via Paul's blog post HERE. Big-time congrats to Paul and best wishes his way.

I posted the below review on B&N, Amazon US & UK
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining Read! July 26, 2012
The plot description piqued my interest (very original) and the sample pages sold me on this story. Really glad I read this and it rated very high on the entertainment meter. It was a quick read and I finished it in one day. Once I got into it, I had to keep reading to get to the end (always a good thing for me) This story is very well written and Paul Waters' s style of delivering this particular piece reminded me of Donald Westlake, and also Colin Bateman. Both are authors I really enjoy reading. Along with the good story, what really did it for me was the banter and relationship of the the two main characters, the personal thoughts and asides of the main character, and the humor (of which there is plenty. It was also a nice bonus to get an insiders view of the newspaper / media business, and to learn a bit more of WW2 from an English perspective. I highly recommend this story and look forward to future works from the author.


  1. Replies
    1. Charles- I had not either, but it was def a pleasant surprise.

  2. Bateman and Westlake are tips enough for me!

    Glad to see you getting some more of your posts up again.

  3. Seana- Yeah both authors are fav's of mine as well. THE AX by Westlake in both story and delivery cam to mind as I read it. It is really good to be around the many nice, interesting people. Have a couple short stories in process, so that is also a good thing, for me at least! Hope all is well.

  4. I'm coming very late to this party - which is very bad manners given that I wrote The Obituarist. Thank you very much Sean for the write-up. And the Colin Bateman comparison - well... I'm happy. Very.
    (Just re-read Divorcing Jack by Colin Bateman the other day - very good - recommend it to anyone who hasn't tried it yet.)
    Donald Westlake has so many pseudynoms - where would you suggest I start with him?

  5. Paul- My pleasure. THE AX, by Donald Westlake was a good one I can recommend, and is the story that reminded me of your style.