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 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[…]

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 Hobbit

This entry is part 32 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Hello, and welcome to this Mark Ayre production of “The Hobbit (review)” Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “Mark. Why are you writing the Hobbit review BEFORE your Buffy Scripts review? We know you read Buffy first cause that review came out days ago.” Well first off, how do you know what order I’m writing Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Hobbit[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The Collector

This entry is part 29 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

After reading two non-fiction books, I was excited to read something that might offer more to review.  Not that this doesn’t have its drawbacks. For one, the time taken. 2018 has not got off to the best of starts for writing, and I constantly find myself behind where I would like to be. Last weekend Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The Collector[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Pele

This entry is part 28 of 40 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to read two non-fiction books in a row, except that I haven’t because who does? What is interesting or not interesting depending on what kind of life you’ve led is that last week’s blog was the shortest I’ve written thus far. It was a short book, so Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Pele[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Dirk Gently (1 & 2)

This entry is part 25 of 40 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: Bobby Moore

This entry is part 22 of 40 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 40 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[…]