If you are like us (and probably one of the many thousands of book lovers across the globe) and have had the misfortune of spending your hard-earned cash on an apparent "best-seller"; you will probably also have experienced the dull thud as you bang your head against the wall, thinking "Why did I listen to the reviews on the back?!" The truth is: reviews found on books are usually self-promoting, PR stunt-type hype and not necessarily a true reflection of the books' quality at all.

It is our aim to tell the truth about books, but don't for one second assume that that is synonymous with us creating a blog to 'diss' authors' work - to the contrary - our intention is to provide an honest appraisal of each and every book we read. If the book is any good - it'll get a good review. If it's awful and a tragedy to the literary world - then it won't. It's that simple.

Friday, 16 January 2009

January's Competition is now GO!!

Thanks to those of you who pointed out that this month's competition wasn't functioning properly - preventing you lot from entering our free draw to win a book. It was a technicality that has now been sorted - phew!

This month you can choose from:-

- The Smiting Texts by Roy Lester Pond (Thriller featuring Egyptology, murder and intrigue)

- The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Award winning drama about the end of the world as we know it from the perspective of a father and son)

- Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier (Fantastic fantasy with lashings of love, magical battles and odd creatures)

We're not sure HOW you are going to make your mind up as to which one should win this month's Reader's Choice - but we're sure you'll have fun deciding!!

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

A Case of Wild Justice by Yvonne Jerrold

We just couldn't pass up the opportunity to review A Case of Wild Justice by Yvonne Jerrold - the highly original take on how to tackle crime in these modern times of limited police intervention and ever increasing support for perpetrators - had us hooked before we'd even started. And the concept of the Silver Bees is both extraordinary and entirely believeable - why couldn't the elderly population take matters into their own hands in order to feel safer?

To read the full review and for details of the book - see our book review

Monday, 12 January 2009

NEW Feature available on website!

We've been listening to some of your feedback and we understand that sometimes you just want to have your say on a book, which is fine by us! So, we've added a NEW feature that enables registered users to leave their own comments or feelings about a book - how good of us is that?!?!

As always, if you have a suggestion or a comment to make about The Truth About Books in general, you can always contact us via this blog or via our main website.

All comments are subject to approval prior to being added to the website.