Monday, February 28, 2011

The Dirty Parts of the Bible / Sam Torode

Genre: Historical/Humor

Approximate word count: 50-55,000

Availability Kindle: YES    Nook: YES     DTB: YES


Sam Torode is an artist, writer and book designer. In addition to this novel he’s written a non-fiction book on the Song of Songs (the last book of the Old Testament) and The School of the Pathetic, a collection of comic strips he made in college. Torode has two websites, one for his book design company 
and another for this book.


Nineteen-year-old Tobias Henry is trapped in Remus, Michigan. It’s too cold. Nothing ever happens. His Baptist preacher father makes his real interest, girls, difficult to pursue. Then his dad makes a few missteps that leave him blind and unemployed. Sent to retrieve some money his father had hid in Texas years ago, Tobias finds the adventure of a lifetime. This book was a semifinalist for the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.


It’s no wonder Tobias feels bored, depressed, and confused. He’s stuck under his overbearing preacher father’s thumb. Nothing in the way of job prospects since the country is still in the depression - not to mention his father’s attitudes about girls. He wants to do what’s right, but in too many instances, his father’s bible interpretations don’t agree with what Tobias thinks the scripture really means.

The title might be off-putting to some, expecting something racier than it is. (Others might be disappointed it isn’t racier.) The reality is the sexual content is trivial – no more or less than any adult (or even young adult) book would have. What it does have is a coming-of-age story set during the depression leavened with humor compared by some to that of Mark Twain. A book that almost anyone should find an entertaining and enjoyable read.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

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