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Awful, Ohio

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Every morning the sun rises, waking Awful, Ohio, overlooking all of its residents, guiding them towards another productive and profitable working day. The economy is strong and the money is abundant, all of which are offered to whomever produces and profits the most product. The masses rejoice daily over the informed opportunity, with the exception of Troy Slushy.

Paperback, 256 pages
Published 2011
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Richard (Bound & Determined...)
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I know that many reviewers are wary of self-publishers, stating that quality of the writing is poor, as well as the pervasiveness of grammatical and spelling errors. I must be on a run of good luck, because all the self-published books I have read have been really good, including Awful, Ohio.

Neal uses a writing technique that is unlike anything I’ve read thus far. There is a redundancy that propels the story along, reminding you of motives, reasoning, and the succubus-like tendencies of Awful,
Saint Andrew
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Troy Slushy lives in the mundane, repetitive world that is Awful, Ohio. Many readers may find Troy’s every day life identical to their own. Getting up and going to work every day can slowly start to diminish the autonomous spirit running amuck in our veins. As our sun-fueled world continuously turns, every waning day becomes more routine and commonplace until one no longer questions his freedom. Our careers become our lives, our hobbies no longer exist. Troy Slushy has no hobby until one day he ...more
Lowtechmaster none
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An amazing first novel! It is a brilliant surrealistic satire on the values of modern society, the economic system, "success," human relationships, the human body and bodily functions, human hopes/aspirations/gullibility, and language, etc. "Awful, Ohio" has a systematic and consistent intentional incongruity in its settings, plots, and characters, and in its characters' dialogues and thoughts, as well as in word choice. The book's imagery is dominated by opposites: light/dark, wet/dry, ...more
C.V. Hunt
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Troy Slushy wakes one day within a midlife crisis. He is miserable with how his life has turned out, and the sun shines every day to expose his failures. Troy’s ultimate correction for his over indulged life is to destroy the one thing that exposes his misery – the sun.

Troy lives in a world of overabundance. The economy is booming, unemployment is low, and everyone is spending money. We are shown the inside world of a factory where the owner is obsessed with efficiency. Your punishment for not
Erin M
Dec 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this book from the author, and unfortunately, I was really disappointed with it. The biggest complaint I had - tons of errors. I really don't understand why if an author is going to go to the trouble and expense of self-publishing, they wouldn't take the extra step and hire an editor. It does not make for an enjoyable reading experience.

Truthfully, I did not make it all the way through this book - I was turned off by the errors, and did not care much for the style. I felt as
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
(a similar version of this review can be found here at Into the Hall of Books:

I became interested in Jeff Neal's Awful, Ohio after reading a review on another blog. The synopsis was intriguing and had such a dry humor about it--I felt like this story would fit my personality and sense of humor well.

As Awful, Ohio begins, we get to know Troy Slushy and his utter disdain for how his life has become: he hates where he lives, he hates getting up for work in
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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--Full, non-spoiler review courtesy at Book & Movie Dimension a Blog--

From the beginning , Awful, Ohio had the tell-tale signs it wasn't going to be just any regular old novel. And entirely proud to have the opportunity to have read this novel. Awful, Ohio is this blog's raison d' etre (reson for being) considering, Book & Movie Dimension a Blog, was made for discovering unique and or books that are just amazing. Awful, Ohio falls under both categories: a unique and amazing book!

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Awful, Ohio- Author Interview with Jeff Neal 1 3 Sep 22, 2012 01:14PM  
Birthed in Massachusetts, thus fallen towards the lower ranks of York, Pennsylvania, where residency has been an affliction for 14 years, until, a glimmer of hope personified itself in the sparkling form of a college acceptance letter to Temple University. Philadelphia was a marvelous 5 years, walking down concrete paths, looking up the concrete walls, where they reached no higher than penchant ...more
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