- Man vs Bookshelf: Introduction
- Man vs Bookshelf: Horowitz Horror
- Man vs Bookshelf: Lisey’s Story
- Man vs Bookshelf: Devil May Care
- Man vs Bookshelf: Big Little Lies
- Man vs Bookshelf: Good Omens
- Man vs Bookshelf: Grandpa’s Great Escape
- Man vs Bookshelf: Clough: The Autobiography
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Cuckoo’s Calling
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Escape
- Man vs Bookshelf: I Am Legend
- Man vs Bookshelf: Confessions of a Sociopath
- Man vs Bookshelf: Silence
- Man vs Bookshelf: Six Years
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Thin Executioner
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Entrepreneur’s Book of Checklists
- Man vs Bookshelf: John Dies at the End
- Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Potter and the case of the Duplicates
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series)
- Man vs Bookshelf: Ayoade on Ayoade
- Man vs Bookshelf: Junk
- Man vs Bookshelf: Bobby Moore
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Hard Way
- Man vs Bookshelf: 102 days down (+ Freakonomics & Superfreakonomics)
- Man vs Bookshelf: Dirk Gently (1 & 2)
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Clifton Chronicles (1 & 2)
- Man vs Bookshelf: Twitterature
- Man vs Bookshelf: Pele
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Collector
Sometimes I read a book that offers so little for me to review, I wonder if it’s even worth me getting out bed in the morning.
Then I remember there’s more to life than reviewing books. All those boring tasks I have to attend to. Working so I can pay the bills. Attending to the tattered remnants of my social life. Winning a staring contest against the siamese cat from across the way (just kidding, it’s a tabby).
So I drag myself out of bed and think, now I’m up, may as well grab a pint of Strongbow and give this review a try.
Don’t look at me like that, it’s gone midday.
Twitterature is a book that takes some of the most famous classics from literature (also Harry Potter) and rewrites them as if they were a series of tweets (back when 140 characters were still the limit) in 20 tweets or less.
Classics such as Moby Dick, Hamlet and The Catcher in the Rye are given the treatment and are all done very well.
It’s a comedy (obviously) and it works, so long as you know the book. Where I was familiar with the stories I was cracking up but found it hard to get into the ones I had not read.
Interestingly, there is a glossary of terms at the back.
Okay, that’s not interesting. What I meant was:
There is a glossary of terms at the back (where else would it be?) and, interestingly, it is the funniest part of the book.
In fact, I would go far as to say if you don’t plan on buying this book, I’d at least find it in your nearest bookshop (assuming such a thing still exists in a physical sense by the time you read this) and read said glossary. You won’t regret it.
I gave Twitterature a three out of five.
It’s short and funny, but only with the stories you know, and I wouldn’t rush to read it again.
I did keep it though, so I can return to that glossary.
Love the glossary.
Time for something that hasn’t happened before – two non-fiction books in a row.
Next time out it’s the autobiography of another footballing legend.
See you then.
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International worst selling author Mark Ayre has been writing since before he could pick up a pen (somehow). Recently he is taking the internet by storm with his Man vs Bookshelf Challenge where he aims to read the 210 books on his bookshelf in 210 weeks, reviewing them on his blog and Goodreads along the way. He is also publishing books on Amazon, his most recent being the family suspense novel, Poor Choices, which you can find here.