book reviews

Margo Howard takes up New Republic’s anti-Amazon banner, disses Vine club for daring to review her

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

Author entitlement is a wonderful thing. Just by putting pen to paper, you can be forgiven for child abuse. Stalking. Abusing your readers. Grumpy-catting when you can’t get the recognition and validation you paid for. Especially in your own mind. Apparently it’s all part of that [...]

Quote of the day: “What happens when The Guardian lets an author gloat about stalking a blogger”

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 20, 2014 // 6 Comments

Plagiarism or not, second-hand reporting or not, I can’t do better than to simply repeat and link to the above headline. Here’s The Guardian, defender of free speech and woolly thinking, running in full the ruminations of author Kathleen Hale on how she tracked down the perpetrator of [...]

Book review: Love Is the Law, by Nick Mamatas, Dark Horse Books

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Author, teacher of writing, anthologist, jokester, sometime radical, father-of-adorable-infant and allround nihilistic kid Nick Mamatas has written across genres and voices with wit, zip, and flair through “six and a half novels” and a slew of shorter works. He was even partly [...]

Virtual Unreality looks virtually imbecilic from the cover on in

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

This is a book non-review, because it’s in large part a review of a book cover. And I apologize unreservedly to any genuine worth in the contents that I may have traduced – but I won’t hold my breath. Because wouldn’t life be wonderful if every book cover in the world, [...]

Book review: The New Black, edited by Richard Thomas, Dark House Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

The New Black from leading indie publisher Dark House Press brings together 20 tales in the burgeoning genre of neo-noir, characterized by Dark House’s materials as “a mixture of horror, crime, fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, the transgressive, and the grotesque all with a [...]

Biblionasium: Where kids write book reviews

By Joanna Cabot
March 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Digital Book World has a great write-up about Biblionasium, a site I have not heard about until now which describes itself as a ‘Goodreads for Kids.’ They previously got around the whole ‘social media websites and children under 13’ privacy issues by limiting their young [...]

Review: French Reader Series by Yves Thibault

By Joanna Cabot
January 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

I found a great little series on the Kindle store that I think will really help me in my quest to read more French this year. I consider myself a high intermediate in reading (my spoken French is much more fluent) and while I can muddle through with a real book competently if somewhat slowly, I [...]

UK snark awards celebrate Hatchet Job of the Year for harshest reviews

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

In a welcome sign that snark survives this side of the Herring Pond, UK book-lovers’ site The Omnivore has announced its latest Hatchet Job of the Year Award shortlist “for the writer of the angriest, funniest, most trenchant book review of the past twelve months.” And there are [...]

Climate ebook titled ‘Cli-Fidelity’ exposes dangers of nuclear power grids

By Dan Bloom
January 3, 2014 // 4 Comments

Across the Pond, in the UK, British novelist Peter Romilly recently released his second novel with a climate theme, this one titled [easyazon-link asin=”B00H7F33PA” locale=”us”]Cli-Fidelity[/easyazon-link]— and the punning title is worth the price of admission alone. [...]

Book Review: Undead & Unbound

By libertyc
December 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Undead & Unbound: Unexpected Tales From Beyond the Grave, put together by the horror and dark fiction authors and serial anthologists Brian M. Sammons and David Conyers, is anything but your usual grab-bag of selfies from the zombie apocalypse that fill the horror aisles these days. No surprise [...]

Wife of Amazon founder reviews "The Everything Store"

By libertyc
November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Editors Note: Both Susan Lulgjuraj and Joanna Cabot submitted stories on this topic, but each had a slightly different approach, so we’ll run them both. Be curious what you all think. It turns not everyone is a fan. Certainly Brad Stone has learned that this week when the BusinessWeek senior [...]

When Traditional Publishing Disappoints

By libertyc
October 28, 2013 // 1 Comment

This weekend, I read the final volume in a trilogy I had been reading throughout the year. I had been prepared for the disappointing ending by the groundswell of online rage about this book—the ending was a bit of a surprise, and not a pleasant one—so my response was a bit of a muted [...]

Should authors review other authors' books?

By libertyc
September 9, 2013 // 6 Comments

A recent New York Times Bookends feature focused on writers reviewing other writers—specifically the argument of “should they or shouldn’t they?” Zoë Heller and Adam Kirsch discussed the topic, touching on why some authors are reluctant to review others, but also why it’s [...]

Self-publishing author Ted Heller doesn't like the process. That may be because he's doing it wrong.

By libertyc
May 16, 2013 // 3 Comments

Self-publishing is not for everyone. It’s not for the impatient. It’s not for those dreaming of great successes. Self-publishing is one of the hardest gigs to get into—that has been proven by hundreds (if not thousands) of authors who have self-published books. That’s not to say you cannot [...]

Group looks to create Rabble Reads, an aggregated book review site for indie and traditional books

By libertyc
March 2, 2013 // 1 Comment

Being able to trust a book review on popular sites such as Amazon and Goodreads is getting difficult. These sites have fake reviews—some good and some bad—designed to work the system by raising and droping books in the rankings. Amy Holman Edelman and those at IndieReader are looking to [...]

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