Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The plan that backfired.

It seemed a good idea at the time. To ask people if they could put up e-luv reviews on Amazon. The result was one review from Mr C Macdonald, who hated the book. In the spirit of bringing you the bad reviews as well as the good, here's what he had to say:

I'd heard a lot of good reviews about this book, so I decided to get it myself. Sadly though, it left a lot to be desired. It took a while to get started and once it had, it was on an endless loop of the same lines and scenarios.

Not really that entertaining to read. If it had been more fact than fiction and stereotypes, then it would have made for an exhilarating read. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the expectations and the reviews I had previously read.

Mind you, I think I got off relatively lightly. The magnificent "Confessions of a chatroom freak" by Mr Biffo, which is one of the funniest books you'll ever read was described in less than glowing terms by the same critic thus:

I can sum up this book in one word, "dull." Not only does it claim to be something that it's not, it's incredibly predictable and repetitive. The author seems to think he is some sort of comedic genius. I grew tired of the "character" after the first few pages. It wasn't a funny concept to begin with, but he still managed to churn out the same selfless bile, page after page.

He was no more gentle on Hard Candy, a film I rather liked, calling it the worst film in history, going on to say:

As far as I'm aware this film didn't have much in the way of a plot. I'm guessing the crew just filmed it on the spur of the moment. It's VERY predictable from the off and the ending, well you can see that coming a mile off.
As for the dodgy editing, that kinda gives up after the first few attempts at trying to build the suspense.
I expected the film to be better, given the reviews. Now that I've seen it, I'm beginning to wish I hadn't bothered watching it. It was a complete waste of time.

Friday, April 04, 2008

e-luv for sale. Possibly.

e-luv's publisher, The Friday Project has gone into liquidation.I think this means that the rights to the book come back to me. The reason I can't be more sure about this is that they haven't actually told me what's going on, despite claims by Commercial Director Scott Pack to have contacted all Friday Project authors and despite several emails to Managing Director Clare Christian.
So if you're a publisher, who is still trying to come to terms with missing out on e-luv first time round, you've now possibly got a second chance. Contact me at dave at stripeyjumper.com
Meanwhile in other news..

Author Chat

The writer of your favourite internet romance novel (that'd be me) is answering questions and talking about the writing of the book on readitswapit.co.uk, a website for discerning book people. It's on Thursday 29 April at 8 PM GMT. Which is 7 in the morning here in New Zealand, a time I am unlikely to be coherent.
Read more about it here

Person of the week

The lovely Kate Meduna, a Russian reader who has offered to send me a copy of "My girlfriend lives in a Network", the Russian translation of e-luv. I look forward to leaving it casually placed on the coffee table.

New book

My next book, The Bromley Boys, comes out in August. It's about growing up in the 70s supporting Britain's worst football team. It's packed with teenage angst and is available for pre-order on Amazon here


If you enjoyed e-luv, please fell free to give it a review on Amazon here. I'll be so grateful, I'll come round to your house and cook you dinner. If you hated it, please don't leave a review.