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Man vs Bookshelf: Dirk Gently (1 & 2)

This entry is part 25 of 25 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I know, I know, I said after last weeks EXTRA SPECIAL review it would be back to normal this week. I said it, then promised you my next review would be of my next two books – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul. And yet what you may Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Dirk Gently (1 & 2)[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: 102 days down (+ Freakonomics & Superfreakonomics)

This entry is part 24 of 25 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

The stars have aligned. Following whatever it was I read last I read Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics. Two books about ‘rogue’ economics, utilising stats and data to show such things as how teachers cheat and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance. And, in reading the latter of these two books, I also passed an exciting milestone Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: 102 days down (+ Freakonomics & Superfreakonomics)[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The Hard Way

This entry is part 23 of 25 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

As most of you will know, this is the first sentence of this particular blog. What many of you will not know, is why I’m opening with it. Well, allow me to let you in on a little secret. I’m trying to buy time. That’s right, you heard me. I’m sitting here, writing rubbish, putting Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Hard Way[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Bobby Moore

This entry is part 22 of 25 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Legend is a big word. So I won’t use it to describe myself. At least not in a public forum. What I whisper to myself into my pillow as I fight back tears and try to fall asleep is another matter entirely. But, now you’ve raised the interesting topic of legends, I’m able to segue Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Bobby Moore[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Junk

This entry is part 21 of 25 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Sex, drugs, prostitution, unplanned pregnancy, homelessness, squatting. And, now we’ve finished the recap of my weekend, let’s talk about this week’s book. It’s YA adult Carnegie Medal winner, Junk and it’s about: Sex, drugs, prostitution, unplanned pregnancy, homelessness, squatting. Ah, how life mimics art. Let’s do this. Melvin Burgess and Me My knowledge of Burgess Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Junk[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Ayoade on Ayoade

This entry is part 20 of 25 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I’ve been reading the reviews for my Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Man vs Bookshelf blog. It’s fair to say there was a mixed bag: The Guardian: Bearable The Times: 2,700 words long The Daily Mail: Why are we worried about an English man visiting the galaxy when the whole galaxy is visiting England… AND Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Ayoade on Ayoade[…]

5 reasons continuous blogging is harder than you think

The problem with blogging is once you start, you can’t stop. At least, not if you want to be an effective presence on the internet. And if you’re a writer, as I am, you kind of need a blog. Or, at least, it’s important in this modern writing landscape we find ourselves in. Your blog Read more about 5 reasons continuous blogging is harder than you think[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series)

This entry is part 19 of 25 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Hello. I’m back. Did you miss me? It’s been a good couple of days, but here I am, ready once again to broaden your mind and worsen your day. And this time, we’re going abroad.             No, not to France. Think further afield.               Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series)[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Potter and the case of the Duplicates

This entry is part 18 of 25 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

There are plenty of books on my shelves a lot of people won’t know. This, I guess, will not be one of them. Let’s be honest, at this point Harry Potter is bigger than Jesus. Maybe even bigger than the Beatles. People are mad on the bugger, despite the fact he’s not the most compelling Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Potter and the case of the Duplicates[…]