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Submitting a request to a book blogger can sometimes feel like shouting into the void. To understand why you might not be getting replies, or why those replies are not as enthusiastic as you’d expect, I drafted a list of questions and enlisted several reviewers to enlighten us.

My second interview is with Charles Franklin, of This College Dropout. He writes excellent reviews and has a very useful “Resources for Writers” section on his site. When you get the chance, I’d urge you to check it out. For now, let’s get to the interview!

1. Why do you review?

I am aware of the power of reviews. As a reader, they allow me to get some perspective before purchasing a book in this crowded world of content. They also allow me some interactivity with people that I would not ordinarily have. Through reviews, I can ask the reviewer (or even…

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Written by Steven Piersanti, President of Berrett-Koehler Publishers.   The number of books being published in the U.S. has exploded. Bowker reports that over one million (1,052,803) books were published in the U.S. in 2009, which is more than triple the number of books published four years earlier (2005) in the U.S. (April 14, 2010 Bowker Report). More than two thirds of these books are self-published books, reprints of public domain works, and other print-on-demand books, which is where most

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The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook: 77 Essential Skills To Stop Climate Change
The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook: 77 Essential Skills To Stop Climate Change by David de Rothschild
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“The Global Warming Survival Handbook” was not the book that it would be. I did appreciate the artwork and the overall graphic presentation of the book, but I was little underwhelmed by the content. Just about every one of the tips mentioned in the book could easily be found online (change your lightbulbs, use less, recycle, etc.) While I appreciate the message and the upbeat way that it was presented, I wanted something a little different.

If you are new to “green living”, this book is an easy introduction to a way of life that we should all follow. The upbeat language, humorous sarcasm, and well-designed graphics are great for beginners, compared to some of the more boring “green” texts without pretty pictures. The only obstacle for a beginner would be organization. The book’s organization (in my opinion) should be organized according to time or effort level, so readers can quickly find what “green” intervention they want to do and grow from there.

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Review: Akin

Akin by Robin Murarka

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Akin” is an incredibly interesting story that captivated me from beginning to end that reminded strikingly of “Acheron” by Sherilyn Kenyon. It features the life story of a young man who is harshly treated by his father only to encounter even harsher conditions after waking up in a prison under a sadistic prison keeper. The book follows hi escape from that prison to a new life. Several twists and turn lead him into various ups and downs until he finds up ends where he wants to be, himself.

What makes this story so intriguing to me was its exoticism. The book is written in such a way as to provoke pathos and curiosity.The author deliberately (in my view) provides some details about Akin’s culture, but leaves out other detail. He also freely slips into stream-of-consciousness writing at will, which is disorienting and strikingly creative at the same time. Readers are never really quite sure of their footing, but will hold on to see where their journey will take them.

The balance between two polar opposites is carried throughout the book.There are shocking scenes of ugliness and brutality in the book (Samaye’s treatment and death, rape, Jarvis’ death, destruction of Sumat), but there are also incredibly beautiful scenes (Akin’s friendship with Samaye, Akin’s survival, Akin’s talks with Jarvis). I was a little shocked at some of those scenes, but realize why the author added them.

In my view, the author wants to show the beauty and the ugliness of the human condition. All of it is part of the human journey, which I believe is the central point of this book. As humans we can encounter cruelty, loneliness, and poverty, but we can also experience happiness, joy, and freedom. Realizing that both halves of the human condition will help us reach the epiphany that Akin does has at the end of the book.

Incredible start for a debut author! I am glad to have read it.

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Source: sandythewriter.blogspot.com

This post is not about making sure your book has the obvious like a catchy title, professional formatting, editing and cover design.  In this post I’m going to discuss the things that are beneath the surface, and only visible once the reader begins diving into a story.

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The Athlete's Pocket Guide to Yoga: 50 Routines for Flexibility, Balance, and Focus
The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga: 50 Routines for Flexibility, Balance, and Focus by Sage Rountree

How I Acquired It: Library

Why I Acquired It: Looking to add new routines to workout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The Athlete’s Pocket Guide to Yoga” is exactly that, a pocket guide. It provides an incredible set of yoga routines to supplement or refresh a boring yoga routine, athlete or not. There are no instructions in how to perform the routines, only pictures and the poses of the routines. Great photography….

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Caged – Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet – A Review

Cameron Conaway reaching out to his dad

The Good Men Project is the link between Cameron Conaway and myself. I’m not sure when that link was made and why out of all the contributors to GMP that I began following Cameron on twitter. Maybe it was the Cage Fighter slash Poet paradox that intrigued me.

And that he looks more like a Poet than a Cage Fighter.


But even when Cameron was fighting and looking like a Cage Fighter than Poet he was writing poems and into poetry.


I’ve not been one for poetry really. Not writing nor reading it. Mainly because I think it’s because there’s nary been a poem or poetry style that’s attracted me to it. Reading Caged has changed that. I don’t think that I will now suddenly become a poet, even though I’ve had a…

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