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.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Comin 2 gt U by Simon Packham

We're a fan of Packham's gritty style.  He's not afraid to get his hands dirty.  There's no dancing around the issue with him - and despite writing for a completely different demographic than The Opposite Bastard - in Comin 2 gt U, Packham still delivers killer prose.

Never for the faint hearted, Packham's latest novel tells the tale of a young boy, Sam, who finds himself the target of some serious bullying.  As if he didn't have enough to deal with, what with his psychiatrist mum who over-analyses everything, his AWOL dad following his 'Hardman' dream and a dying Grandfather with a heavy burden on his guilt-ridden shoulders...

Read our book review >>

Pop Goes the Weasel by Albert Jack

Ever wondered what Jack and Jill were doing up that hill?  Or how about what a Goosie Gander was doing wandering around a 'Lady's Chamber'?  These and many other curiosities that have been driving us all mad these many years are finally answered by the inimitable Albert Jack.

The secret meanings behind our beloved nursery rhymes are laid bare - and some of them have a startling, occasionally lurid history.  Read the review of Pop Goes the Weasel >>

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Voice From the Planet (an anthology)

Voice From the Planet is almost experimental in its nature.  A collaboration of original works by authors from as diverse a range of countries and continents as you are ever likely to come across, is something that can be likened to setting of a spark in a box of fireworks: it not only blows your mind that this anthology came about through the determination of authors to tear down the physical barriers between them, but will also enlighten the reader to the presence of alternate styles of writing that are lacking in our niche Western literature.

This anthology of 30 short stories from across the globe comprises the many and varied works of authors who came together via the Internet to form a truly unique experience for the reader. From award winning authors to complete unknowns; just as the anthology does not discriminate geographically, is it not prohibitive to the unpublished author... Continue reading the book review >>

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

No Readers' Choice for September

We really don't like not giving away books, it just goes against the grain - but the fact is that with us all being off, there isn't really a lot of reviewed books to choose from.  It'll be back next month (October), so don't go having panic attacks on us... you'll be able to get your voting fix in just a few weeks. 

Back to Business

September has finally rolled around, and the office is buzzing with excitement... but that will probably wear off quickly once everyone has a chance to look at the INBOX.  So much to catch up, so many emails to answer - how the heck did you manage without us for 6 weeks?!?
So, Autumn is upon us and with it comes the inevitable Halloween rush, followed closely by the Christmas seasonal releases.  In fact, there is so much coming out in the next few months that it can leave you bewildered and overwhelmed with choice.  This is (hopefully) where we come in: we'll be trawling through the masses, uncovering the great titles from the not-so-great. 
Things to look forward to:
  • We'll be featuring a Halloween special RIGHT HERE during October
  • Our list of Christmas stocking titles
Happy reading !!