Man vs Bookshelf: Will You Manage?

This entry is part 40 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

For the first eighteen years of my life, I had little interest in football. The interest I did have I forced. I was, to greater or lesser extent, a boy, and boys liked football. I should too. I had a team – Manchester United. Picked for my favourite colour (red) and favourite player (Beckham) who Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Will You Manage?[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The Moaning of Life

This entry is part 39 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I’m not going to open this blog by saying ‘if there’s one thing I like, it’s moaning’, because I hate that saying.   Nobody likes only one thing. Not even me, and I hate liars even more than I hate Cheerios so I’m going to open with honesty, and the following line: There are seven Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Moaning of Life[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The Dark Tower

This entry is part 38 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Time is a funny thing. If you’re reading this blog on release day (doubt it) it’s been ten days since a Man vs Bookshelf blog was last released. (This one.) As for me, I’m sitting in Costa writing it (yeah, I’m one of those dickheads) on Thursday, two days before it’s due to go out. Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Dark Tower[…]

Why not get yourself a free book?

Hey, it’s been a couple of days since my last blog and I thought since you’ve waited so patiently, why don’t I give you a free book? Sounds altruistic, I know, but don’t let that fool you. I’m only doing it so I can harvest first your emails then later your organs. Uh, actually, ignore Read more about Why not get yourself a free book?[…]

10 stages every novel plan needs

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series How to Win at Authoring

You’re starting to see it now. Following the first lesson in this course, you developed a kick arse idea that was going to change the world. After lesson two, you created a host of awesome characters (plus an insufferable hero). Armed with these, you dived into your plan, ready to craft something brilliant and unique. Read more about 10 stages every novel plan needs[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The Killing Floor

This entry is part 37 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Call me basic but I started my holiday with a Jack Reacher book. That’s right, I’m now officially a middle-aged mother. An impressive feat for a 25-year-old man with no children (that I know of). Still, don’t limit me, and I won’t limit you. A great deal seeing as your potential ceiling is so low Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Killing Floor[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Motivation and Doctor Who

This entry is part 36 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

This will be (at least) the third blog in a row in which I talk about my startling lack of motivation when it comes to my writing, reading, and blogging. By now, things are getting desperate. Thing is (and I think I’ve talked about this before, as well) regaining your motivation is a little bit Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Motivation and Doctor Who[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Redknapp

This entry is part 35 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Honestly, I’ve been meaning to write this blog for ages. Days and days. Cause, as you’ll know from my previous blog, I always wrote my blogs during my lunch break until I fell out of the habit. Then, come my Odd Thomas blog, written in desperation late last weekend. As Sunday tumbled towards Monday without Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Redknapp[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Odd Thomas (1-3)

This entry is part 34 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I’m sure you think this series is about reviewing books. That’s my fault. I wasn’t clear. I’ve done enough to make you think it could be about reviewing books. But it isn’t. Or, at least, That’s not the thrust of what it’s about. This series is about my attempts to read every book on my Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Odd Thomas (1-3)[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The Lord of the Rings

This entry is part 33 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

After my The Hobbit review last week, readers flooded my inbox, begging me to review The Lord of the Rings next. I found this interesting. You would think only those who enjoyed my blog would email in requests. Yet, if they enjoyed it, wouldn’t they read said blog with care, beginning to end? No, it Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Lord of the Rings[…]