Jo gives us the darker side of Dan Brown, the evolution of the book page, and whats to come.
I have two confessions to make. The first is that I work for a very popular commercial bookstore, and -consequently- will never let anything by Dan Brown touch this page. In fact the only time I would even consider it, is if I had amnesia or he started writing for "Black Lace" erotica. It’s nothing personal, I thought the ’Da Vinci Code’ had great pace and was very well written.
Unfortunately, one can only build obscenely noticeable displays -filled with his entire collection of cretin coloured little paperbacks- so many times and still deal with ’Sorry! Do you stock the Da Vinci Code?’ before you start chewing off your arm.
I’m sorry, am I coming off a little bitter; please excuse me while I daydream about throwing up all over a shop counter, to the fine tune of "sorry, I’m looking for a book." Notice the sarcasm -fancy that.
Now that I’ve eternally pissed off every Dan fanatic out there, I have one more nail to strike into my coffin. Time for my second confession, okay, I’m a self confessed fantasy junkie.
I’m fully aware that I just lost any credibility I might have had before that sentence. Hear me out before you depart, I’m the first to acknowledge the formulaic nature of at least 95% of the fantasy writers out there. However there is a very niche 5% section of the conceptual market that are so way out and so innovatively, beautifully, written it makes being a fan worth it.
This page is intended for more than just novel reviews. It’s a platform to showcase and congratulate innovative writing in any way, shape or form. Anything from poetry to graphic novels, short story collections to novels, can be shared and appreciated or generally ripped apart right here.
Check out some of the material being reviewed in the next edition, you might find something you like. If you don’t, send me some hate mail. Alternatively, drop me some suggestions or helpful directions for future material.