Afterthoughts: Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne

In a Nutshell: A very readable novel made all the more enjoyable by the presence of a wonderfully crafted main character. If you think this novel is all about corporations and oil then think again. It’s so much more than that. Highly recommended! … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Friday 10th September 2010

You know, even though I’ve dived back into full-time lit blogging (and I’ve never been happier having done so) I thought about leaving out this online reading journal feature until I could come up with the ultimate format for it; a format which would … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne

I come to the next novel on my reading list - Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne (Duckworth Publishers (US - Harper Perennial)) - knowing very little about it, or its author. Given that this is a debut novel, that's probably not surprising, but if you know … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: The Beauty of Simplicity

The Beauty of Simplicity, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. Beautiful Books were on Twitter today revealing the cracking new cover for one of their top titles due out next spring, Flick by Abigail Tarttelin (you can see the cover art and … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: A Zombie Infatuation

A Zombie Infatuation, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. Although my love for fine fiction, world literature and the classics is quite well known, few people know that I have a skeleton in my cultural cupboard. I say it’s a ‘skeleton’ but … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: I Was Tin-Kin I Like The Cover

I Was Tin-Kin I Like The Cover, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. It was crazy times at RobAround Manor this morning as I set about turning the place upside down looking for my Sony Reader. Thankfully, after fifteen minutes of manic … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: All That I Have by Castle Freeman

In a Nutshell: Although All That I Have won’t win any prizes for being an all-out action-packed thrillfest any time soon, it stands out as being a very well written crime thriller which comes with delicious literary undertones and a delightful … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: All That I Have by Castle Freeman

Note: My afterthoughts on All That I Have have now been posted. The reading fun never stops here at RobAround Manor as I move swiftly on to the next novel in my wobbly book pile, All That I Have by Castle Freeman, which is published by Duckworth … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Monday 18th January 2010

As I'm in a mad rush to get my dog out this morning I'm going to be brief for once with my reading journal entry for yesterday (Hooray says all of you :)) So, with Monday's for me now known as 'Maupassant Monday' one of the main aims of the day … [Read more...]

War on the Margins giveaway: And the winners are…

The deadline is past, the entries are in (a total of 69 in the end which is phenomenal), and I can now reveal that the winners in my giveaway competition to win one of three copies of Duckworth’s newly published novel War on The Margins by Libby … [Read more...]