Book Reviews And Authors I Like
Book reviews and authors I like
I've just seen a list of the top 100 selling authors of the last decade and not many of the writers I like were on it. I was surprised as I don't read weird stuff -- mainly crime fiction and thrillers -- so I decided to start blogging on the writers and authors that I do enjoy. Hopefully that'll help reach hands across the wilderness :)
I also blog on books and authors at Book Reviews, Authors I Like. Blog includes my views on several book-related topics such as UK Public Libraries and TV coverage of reading and books.
Too Many Books
Not enough bookshelves?
"That child always has his nose in a book." True, once upon a time, though I long ago graduated from Biggles. (I still remember him, Ginger and Algy doing dashing deeds in the war and then, as peacetime police, spotting reefer fields in Cornwall - spoilsports.) I've also realised that there are several activities that are vastly improved with a good book; bubble baths, television, lazing, pre-bedtime relaxing, travel. That's not to deny that there are activites where mixing with reading is a bad idea, as girlfriends and fellow footballers will testify. Vehemently. Painfully.
So then, I read voraciously and must feed the maw with ever new supplies. How do I find new books, new authors? Book reviews in newspapers tend to be over-literary and incestuous as "critics" praise each other's efforts. Book reviews on sellers' sites are a mixed bag, often surprisingly badly written: if you can't write a few grammatically-correct sentences, what does that say for the written work you're talking about?
If only there were sites where I could read reviews of books and authors written by people like me ... If only I could reach out and find such people ... If only I got off my backside (not literally as I sit down to type) and put out a few such reviews myself, and then I might get feedback, comments, recommendations!
So I started my blog: Paul On Books: Book And Author Reviews for book reviews and comments on book-related topics. Then I found this place and was hooked, so I'm expanding! I'm not a professional writer and I don't get paid for reviewing - so you'll only get enthusiastic, honest critiques.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
The end of paper books?
Legible even in bright sunlight, lightweight, long battery life, almost any book available for it - read wherever you are and don't need to lump heavy books around.
Paper v Electrons
Read Cory Doctorow on why he gives his work away online - some interesting thoughts on the subject from a web-clever author.
How will readers like the Kindle affect future novels?
A little old-fashioned in style but beautifully elegant prose and well-crafted novels on themes of spies, corruption and crime. Ross Thomas' books can be read over and over, discovering subtle wit anew.
Ross Thomas: Missionary Stew
Set against a framework of politicians jockeying for position in a future race for the presidency, ranging from murders in a Florida condo to Latin revolution, this is a typical Ross Thomas novel.
John Connolly writes stylishly savage crime fiction. He has an other-worldly nature to his work, exploring that theme as readily as he explores the great forests of Maine and the twisted minds of man.
Great Connolly, death and despair, retribution delivered
Stieg Larsson produced three novels before his untimely death and they became one of the great publishing sensations. The Millennium Trilogy has been selling in vast numbers since it hit the shelves. They're bleak, uncomfortable and riveting reading.
Journalist and novelist Carl Hiassen writes funny, wryly charming books about the crooks and politicians (not always the same thing) who prey on his beloved Florida. Clever, very well plotted, I do like Hiaasen.
Hiaasen's latest: turning his beady eye on celebrity cuklture