The Apposite Blog Post Title

Book jacket hyperbole has always baffled me. Why does an industry built on a foundation of expertly crafted language sell itself with made up words like ‘unputdownable’? I understand the need to sell the book to the potential buyer in as efficient manner as possible – reading a couple of chapters is usually impractical soContinue reading “The Apposite Blog Post Title”

Penguin’s Great Ideas and the Eradication of the Foreword

I’m usually late to the party when it comes to exciting new things. By the time I discover the author, or hear the band, or whatever, there will already be a large body of work behind them and a fanatical group of followers will have already formed. I’m used to it now, being one stepContinue reading “Penguin’s Great Ideas and the Eradication of the Foreword”

Harold Fry and the 2012 Booker

As with every year when the Booker prize long-list and the subsequent shortlist are announced I take a look, ostensibly for the purpose of finding new things to read but always in the hope of seeing something on there that I have already read. The usual turn of events is that the list features some books that IContinue reading “Harold Fry and the 2012 Booker”

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

After finishing this book I went and had a look around the internet for other peoples thoughts on it and found one review on goodreads saying that this book isn’t proper Magic Realism. I’m going to disagree and say that that is exactly what this book is. It is the story of a girl, toldContinue reading “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender”