Most of the reviews on here will have their feet rooted in the genres of horror, dark fantasy or crime fiction. I do often like to dip my toes into different waters and Troy James Weaver is a writer that I have been wanting to read for quite some time. ‘Marigold’ provided me with the perfect opportunity to sample his work. It’s very short. In fact, I read this in 45 minutes late last night, but that’s not really important. What IS important is that Troy James Weaver is voice begging to be heard.
I’m not one for reading forewords usually. I often find them a little boring and some I have read do a little too much back slapping for my liking. The foreword here by Michael Kazepis is perfect. He talks a little about Troy, and the genesis of the story; what it was to what it is now. I feel like it’s important to read because it gave me the feels before I had even ventured into the book itself. It helped me understand where the book came from and provided a heartfelt reading experience.
Troy James Weaver writes with heart. He bears his soul through these pages with a tight prose that commands your attention and has a real authenticity about it. It isn’t easy reading. If you are looking for a book to cheer you up after a long week then this isn’t going to do it. But please, don’t let that put you off. It’s one of those books that reads like a slice of life. A life that a lot of people will have no trouble relating to.
In short, I love this book, and I think that you will too. Writers like Troy James Weaver do not come around very often and as a result they should be cherished and revered.
‘Marigold’ is an absolute triumph and is available here.