Category: Books

As the name suggests, this is where you’ll find everything I’ve written about books, publishing, authors, book stores and more. I’ve had the pleasure of talking to some renowned novelists and thinkers including Joe Hill, Jared Diamond, David Brin, Naomi Wolf, Kim Stanley Robinson and Matthew Reilly.

But it’s also been a way of exploring some big ideas facing technology, society and the economy, whether it’s the lack of contact from interstellar civilisations, the role of pornography not just in technology but human communication overall or how graphic design is changing in the web age.

I’ve also turned the spotlight back on the book industry itself, looking at everything from the challenge of keeping boys interested in reading to the latest innovations in distribution to fiction sales’ dirty little secret about the genre that keeps it afloat.

Blaze

Blaze is as easy to read as it is high in quality and, although King has left the ghouls and shapeshifters far behind, it will remind his fans why they’ve loved his work for four decades. … Continue readingBlaze

Death, Sex & Money

Young has good access to editorial movers and shakers on two continents, but he’s more interested in the process and people that determine what ends up on the page than the bombshells about bloodthirsty and opportunistic journalists you’re hoping for. … Continue readingDeath, Sex & Money

Perfume

While it’s perfect for the sensual nature of poetry, it does nothing to advance a narrative. He obviously knows his way around the chemistry of 18th century perfume manufacture, but if you’re that keen, Wikipedia’s quicker. … Continue readingPerfume

State of Fear

Colourless caricatures rather than characters drift arbitrarily through the plot, giving you no indication who matters. Clumsily written action sequences could have come from a primary schooler. Humour is elbowed in where there’s no place for it, sobriety where it’s supposed to be an adventure. … Continue readingState of Fear