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.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Surge in great new literature!

We're not being funny, but there have been moments when we've despaired of the literary efforts being put on our bookshelves - but just recently, we've had to pinch ourselves (a few times, and some of us got bruises!) - is it just us, or are there some really cool books out there at the moment???

Think: Who is Charlie Keeper? or how about Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye?
For the more grown-up readers, there's the likes of: When will there be good news? then there's the second in the intriguing Shadows of the Apt series; Dragonfly Falls or perhaps the brusque gangster-thriller Beat the Reaper?

If you're a parent - we've found the ultimate new children's book in Bottoms Up! - and if the title doesn't make you realise what you're in for, you're kids will. Not just funny, but also celebrating the human body in all it's naked glory - especially bums!

We're sure that this month there is a book out there that will appeal to everyone, no matter what it is you're looking for.

Keep on reading!

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

The Opposite Bastard by Simon Packham

It's not what any of us were expecting, to be honest. I got to write the review and as such, it might not be to everyone's refined tastes or expectations either, but to me, the review had to mirror the humour and nonsense of the book itself. It's rare to find a book that is genuinely funny, without it coming from some Comedian who is selling off parts of his soul for the latest 'autobiography' (and most of them aren't actually that funny anyway). I pushed hard to for it to be our book of the month - I really think this one is worth a read. Push yourself - challenge yourself - dare to do something different today.

For a quick peek - read our book review.

COMING SOON: We hope to have an interview with the author on the main site soon. Check back regularly!

Is there a book out that better than Harry Potter?

The answer in our opinion is: yes!

Who is Charlie Keeper? Read the book review. Finally, we found ourselves a work of fiction that surpasses our expectations and incredibly is not published by one of the mainstream publishing houses! How has this happened?!?

More importantly for us though is the question of Who is Marcus Alexander? We'll let you know if we manage to get hold of him for an interview... we have soooo much we want to ask him!