Medieval Helpdesk

Recently my mother bought a Kindle, but she did struggle at first to get her head around all the functions and features of the device. So imagine what it was like back in the medieval days when that new fangled device called the book was introduced to the masses…


Burning The Page: Jason Merkoski Tells Inside Story Of Amazon Kindle

Want to get the inside scoop into how Amazon and Jason Merkoski brought us the Kindle, a device so good publishers fear it may bring an end to the bookpress, then follow the link below:

Click here to read part one of five of Jason Merkoski Tells the Inside Story of Amazon Kindle on the Huffington Post


Safe House by Chris Ewan

When Rob Hale wakes up in a hospital after a motorcycle crash, his first thought is for the gorgeous blonde, Lena, who was on the back of his bike. The doctors and police, however, insist that he was alone at the scene. The shock of the accident must have made him imagine Lena, especially since his description of her resembles his late sister, Laura.

And so begins one of the most average thrillers I have read for years…

It all started out well. A gripping mystery, a beautiful girl, and a setting, on the Isle of Man that I have never encountered in a novel before. Then the mystery starts to unfold, and everything just seems to fall into place too easily for our hero and his companion Rebecca (a British spy who conveniently falls onto the scene, probably so she can appear in a future novel).

Of course for anyone who reads a lot of thrillers, it often seems that a lot of the plot twists are borrowed from other novels, but in Safe House everything just feels a bit too ‘paint-by-numbers’; even the villains of the story feel like they have been stolen from one of those late 1980s action films with Bruce Willis or Geena Davis. My biggest gripe about Safe House is the mediocre ending to the novel, which left me wishing the author had taken it in a different direction.


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One of my favourite authors announces a ‘cancer blog’

Since discovering The Crow Road, I have been a fan of the fantastic Scottish author Iain Banks, so it deeply saddens me that his next novel will be his last, and that his last writings will be on a website he has set up to keep his fans updated with his battle against cancer.

It used to be that you needed a newspaper column or book deal to log your journey through illness outside your social circle or the pages of your own diary. But the announcement by Iain Banks that he

English: Iain Banks, author, at the Edinburgh ...
English: Iain Banks, author, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

has months to live after being diagnosed with cancer shows the extent to which audiences have grown for those to whom sharing can be a form of treatment.

The writer said he was setting up a website at which friends, family and fans could follow his progress. It’s not clear how detailed posts at will be, but its key feature is its very ordinariness. Social media and blogs have made potential publishers of us all, with immediate audiences.

via Iain Banks and finding the right words after cancer diagnosis – News – Books – The Independent.

American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis

Will reviewing Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho kill this blog before it begins? Am I just opening myself up to a tirade of abuse from a portion of people who have never read this book, but have still made up their mind that this novel is the work of the devil?

Perhaps, but I will give it a go anyhow

Cover of
Cover of American Psycho

Meet Patrick Bateman, a good-looking, fashion guru, racist, misogynistic, paranoid, self-centered, egotistical, snobbish New York yuppie. Patrick works in the Mergers & acquisitions department of the Wall Street firm of Pierce and Pierce, and he spends his days and nights in a late-1980s consumerist void, checking out ‘hardbodies’ and running up debts on his American Express platinum card and worrying about late fees for videotapes he rented… Oh, and did I mention he is also a sadistic serial killer, rapist, torturer of small animals and the narrator of American Psycho; one of the most controversial, memorable, and fantastically written satires in modern literature.

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Amazon goes social

Amazon began their mega-online-empire years ago selling books. Now it seems the online retailer have taken their passion for books one step further by agreeing a deal for the San Francisco based book-lovers social networking site Goodreads.

Click to read more via BBC News – Amazon to buy social network site for readers Goodreads