And in my constant, never-ending and admittedly ill-fated mission to promote excellent (and sometimes slightly inaccessible) books, I would like to promote some books that everyone should read or buy as gifts for people like me who are difficult to please.
Bad cover design delegates books to the wrong sections, gives them the wrong or no readers and so often puts great books on sale tables, alone and unwanted and left to die next to untold numbers of Dan Brown books.
Never mind the beer ad guy – Lauren Beukes may be the most interesting author alive right now. Broken Monsters… Read more Review of Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Another South African author has landed a much-coveted six-figure publishing deal, and rightly so. Landed by Oliver Munson of Blake Friedmann, The… Read more Review of Sarah Lotz’s “The Three” (SPOILERS!)
Usually a book can be allocated its genre within a moment of reading the blurb and glancing at the jacket. But then there’s The Shining Girls, which gleefully refuses to pick a genre box to sit in, and decides that it will timeshare in several.
We meet with Boer War-era psychics, half-springbok boys, inter-dimensional gatekeepers and a pirate queen armed with Uzis.
There’s nothing writers love more than giving each other advice. It is the most irritating thing short of catching ebola… Read more Writer on Writer Crimes