EBooks and Bargains
The past couple of weeks have not been great for this business of blogging about books, and I was going to put it off further until I was feeling fizzy with words and ideas again . . . but I know from experience that you have to find your own fizz.
And so desperate am I to fizz again, that I'm breaking my usual IMM rule of "Only books received through the post" by featuring two books that came to me not through traditional mail, but through electronic mail.
It seems that I have gained some credibility as a book reviewer, after all--and I have been offered not one, but two ebooks for my edification, pleasure and promotion!
What's most challenging is that they are not what I would normally choose to read . . .
A Planet Full of Doofuses is a collection of politically-tinged (yet often humourous!) essays that make up one man's answer to that eternal question of what's wrong with the world. And believe it or not, for all the harping and carping about the world that I do on this blog, it's not my preferred topic. =P
Frog Dell's Junkyard is one of those "talking animals" books you know I love . . . with a twist! This novella was not written for the YA market and so promises to be a bit more edgy. It'll definitely be an unusual read to take me out of the Ethical Animals slump I've found myself in.
The reviews will come soon. =)
If there were a "Method School" of blogging, I'd probably be a tenured professor. I can't tell you how many times I've kept myself in character--that is, in the character of the persona behind whichever is my favourite blog at the time--despite being, practically and technically, "offline." You can disable the DSL, but you can't block the blogging.
As I've said above, however, I haven't really been in book blogging mode lately. That means less reading of books, less thinking about books, less buying of books, and less going out of my way to be around books. (Not that I'm complaining: it's strangely restful.)
This is why this week's bargain book comes to this blog courtesy of two other members of my family . . .
That's my youngest brother, better known to you as Cue-card Boy. He just loves Gordon Ramsay and wants to be a chef when he grows up.
It was my mother who saw Ramsay's Just Desserts marked down 70% at a bookstore that was having a huge sale and she who grabbed it for him. (I'm not so lucky with the bargains: I had to pay full price for Ramsay's memoirs, Roasting in Hell's Kitchen, when Cue-card Boy put it on his wishlist.)
We haven't tried making any of the desserts featured here yet, but I'll definitely blog about it when we do!
Image Source: A Planet Full of Doofuses by Bob Wallace