Hopeless Joys

One of the best things being an indie author has brought to my life is I get to meet other indie and small press authors. This is not because they are all wonderfully creative giving people, (though as a rule they are), but because as well as been a collection of wonderful individuals they have often created wonderful works of art and fiction. The kind of wonderful that makes life worth living. Its also a collection of wonderful that I would probably have never been privileged enough to stumble across if I wasn’t an indie author myself, because its the kind of wonderful you need someone to tell you about if you are ever going to find it. And trust me on this, its a kind of wonderful that makes the lives of all that touch it richer.

As such, if only to address the balance of the universe and tip the scales away from the mundane mainstream of the popular that is packaged for everyone’s consumption, and advertised relentlessly, when I find something wonderful (and yes I know I have used that word an awful lot in the opening paragraphs but its the right word) I make a point of sharing it here.

To put it another way, the next marvel movie doesn’t need the likes of me to wax lyrical about it. Indie authors, artists and publishers on the other hand need all the exposure they can get, even from little old me.

All of which, mildly rambling preamble, brings me to Hopeless Maine: Optimists, the forth graphic novel of the Hopeless Maine Quintet by Tom and Nimue Brown, which is due for release early next year. I was lucky enough to get a copy of at the weekend while working the stall next to their at a steampunk event in Gloucester that had been organised by a mutual friend, author Matt McCall, writer of The Dandelion Farmer. As a side note, that Event was enormous fun and I highly recommended any West country steampunk, or the steampunk curious, or just about anyone attend the next one…

Why should you spend you hard earned cash, and read the Hopeless Maine novels? Because your life will be better for doing so. What more reason do you need. But in case that is not all it takes to tempt you to explore a strange fogbound island, somewhere and somewhen off the coast of Maine. An island that doesn’t let you leave, where the fauna and flora is both strange and dangerous, and something hides in the fog that is best not thoughts about, lets see if the art work does…

Now, I am not saying you should read the Hopeless Maine series just for Tom Browns art, though frankly that is reason enough… What makes these novels so good, so damn wonderful (there’s that word again) is that the art is paired with the words and storytelling of Nimue Brown. The elder gods were good when Tom and Nimue met, for they have birthed wonders between them. They are also among the nicest people I have been privileged to meet, and restore my faith in humanity and what humanity can be, each time our paths cross..

Where you start, if you have never visited the island before, well the best place to start would be Hopeless Vendetta, the collaborative blog/ community which Tom and Nimue not only share, but invite others to contribute to.

Then, once you have dipped your toe in the salty, and not entirely safe waters around the island, consider reading the novels… Frankly if you can just dip your toes I will be surprised.

For myself, I read Hopeless Optimists in bed, on a pile of extra fluffy pillows, by lamp lights, with a hot cup of coffee that steamed away till it wasn’t and never got picked up while I sunk deep down into the wonder of Hopeless for a couple of hours of just wonderful indulgent joy of art and story telling at its very best…

I will not tell you to read it, you should instead infer that in my opinion you should read everything. Trust me, you life will be better for doing so… And you’ll never wonder where all the spoons have gone again…

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2 Responses to Hopeless Joys

  1. mathewmccall says:

    brilliant review. I agree with everyword.

    Liked by 1 person

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