Notes from the blunderground

Wednesday, 3 June 2009 — 9:12pm

Book blogging is on hold again, almost as soon as it resumed. Here’s why: a week ago I read a novel that was not only bad, but bad in the most uninteresting and redundant ways. It is a popular novel, and you can probably guess what it is. I had about half of a review written up before I decided to put it on hold and see Pixar’s ninth consecutive work of mad brilliance, Up, which promptly restored my faith in storytelling. I now lack the motivation to go back to spinning invective about said novel, which I have previously done in an identical fashion for a nearly identical book by the same author.

That, and the n-thousand words I dump here each week presently need to be directed to another project. No, it is not this. In the interests of this mysterious project I am rereading a number of wonderful books in scraps.

In other news, I am now on Twitter (as Nicholas_Tam), though I haven’t put it to any use, and by no means will it supplant this space. I will do something unique with it eventually, and remain open to suggestions. To my dismay, NicholasTam was already reserved by my Australian rival, with whom I have conducted a username turf war for years. As I am wont to remark: Winston Churchill never had to put up with this crap.

An announcement of a rather different flavour will follow shortly. I have been sitting on it for weeks, but most of the paperwork is now complete and the relevant parties have been informed.

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2 rejoinders to “Notes from the blunderground”

  1. Jones

    You know that reading Dan Brown is bad for you, right?

    Thursday, 4 June 2009 at 6:38am

  2. If other book reviewers suffered from le cafard because of all the bad books they passed over in silence, we’d have a lot fewer book reviewers. Which would be a Good Thing, because your reviews would suddenly leap into the prominence they so richly deserve.

    In short, bring back Wednesdays!

    Thursday, 4 June 2009 at 12:10pm

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