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Wool Paperback – July 29, 2011

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In the summer of 2011, Wool was released as a standalone story with little thought that it would ever become so popular. It soon took on a life of its own, and reviewers clamored for more. The next four books were released to satisfy this demand, each one growing in size. Wool 5 is 250 pages long in print. All five books have now been collected in an Omnibus edition, but they were always meant to be read individually. 

Wool is the length of a novelette, or about 12,000 words (60 pages). Science Fiction has a long history of celebrating the short form. I'm excited to be able to offer this work for free. Enjoy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition edition (July 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461057205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461057208
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is exactly why I hate short stories!! I loved it from the first page and couldn't put it down!! I remember while reading it, thinking it was so good I should slow down because like a good glass of wine, it's over too soon. In a very short story, you find your head full of ideas and visualizing everything. After I finished it, I thought about it again and again.
Well worth the cheap price, if you like post apocalyptic or dystopian stories, you NEED this book!
Buy it, settle in for a short but enjoyable ride and be prepared to wish it were a VERY FULL length novel.
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There is so much I want to say about this short story, but I do not want to give anything away. I just want to say that my iPad kindle app puts a page count of 65 which makes this a very short story. This would normally make me warn others to stay away, but I am going to say something completely against my norm. I highly recommend this short story. The only fault that I find with it is the length. That is only because it is so good. I want more. The ending stayed with me long after I finished the story.

This story epitomizes the reason I sometimes read short stories. It is like a brisk walk instead of a long hike. It is satisfying in a different way than a full length novel.
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By Hursfard Nutley on November 20, 2011
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This is a very excellent little story...grim, sad, dystopian, but incredibly well-written and satisfying.
I shall now consider Hugh Howey as an author to watch out for.
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Back when scifi was represented by a number of magazines, back when anthologies were more in vogue, the short story had a far more important place in the genre. Sadly, these days, despite the ability to showcase such stories in online websites, the format has seemed to fade.

Wool is exactly why this phenomenon is detrimental to those of us who enjoy reading. This is a superb story, well crafted by someone who is obviously in love with the written word. The narrative flows effortlessly, drawing in the reader. It is engrossing, pleasurable, interesting, and disturbing, all at the same time.

Other than writing that the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting, I don't think I am going to write much more than that. Each and every reader should be able to enjoy the story as it unfolds.

The plot of the story is good, but the author's wordsmithing and his ability to draw emotions with the written word are what make this short story stand out. The story is not just a pile of words haphazardly thrown onto the page. It seems as if each and every word has been caressed and placed just so. This is art, not mere writing.

While reading Wool on my Kindle, I was almost in panic mode as I watched the percentage of the story read get closer and closer to 100%. I did not want it to end. But end it did. But not my contemplation of it. That continued for quite some time afterwards.

I was extremely happy to see, though, that there are some follow-on stories. I have already downloaded them, and I eagerly look forward to see just what the author has in store for me next.
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This is a brilliant piece of dystopian sci fi. It is as I said, hard to read, but it's harder to put it down. You get sucked in pretty damn fast, and flipping pages is just EASY. Hugh Howey puts a fantastic spin on this story, slipping between what you think is happening with what actually happens.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a major case of the screamin' wiggins to go take care of.
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This is a great story to knock out in one or two sittings. The ending...well, you'll have to read it for yourself. I thought I had it all figured out and that's when the rug was pulled out under me and I finished reading while nodding my head and muttering "awesome." Always leave them wanting more as they say and Wool did a great job of that.
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OPINION ON THE ENTIRE SERIES:
There are five titles in the series. They are not complete stories. They are sections of one long story. The author published as he wrote. I suggest you buy the Omnibus Edition instead of the individual titles, which will save you $1, as of the date of this review. The Omnibus includes all five titles.

At the end of some of the titles I was angry or frustrated at the cliffhanger endings. For example, not knowing if the main character is dead or alive. But the ending of title 5 is very good. It's a happy ending for the group and one main character.

The overall plot concept is good. Neat ideas and events in a dystopian world. People live in an underground silo. The air outside causes immediate death.

But, I was not entertained. I wanted to read fast to get through it. The author doesn't do characters well. He names a bunch of people, has things happen to them, but I don't get to know them. At one point a guy does a complete turn around in the story, but I never see it. I don't see what led to it, why he changed, how he changed, or what he did after. Another guy is killed at the end. I assume I know who the guy was but the author didn't say. And the author didn't show conversations and actions leading to that killing. The author needs some John Grisham influence. I get to know John's characters. I'm pulled in emotionally. That is missing here.

Too many parts of the book are told and not shown. Like reading a newspaper it can be interesting, but you are not living it. For example, there are two battle/fight scenes. In one, we hear there is gunfire and two are dead - but no details prior to or during. Where are the emotions of a guy during battle? Of seeing, fearing, reacting?
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