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So what’s the deal with this thing, then?

Simply put, I find and read some cheap old paperbacks, usually science fiction, and review them for your pleasure.

Just any cheap old paperbacks?

My rules are:

  • The book costs less than a dollar.

And that about covers it.  I tend to prefer cheesy-looking old science fiction novels, usually with names similar to The Blanks of Blank, but really that’s not hard and fast.  At all.  The key words are cheap and paperback.

What are you hoping to accomplish?

Mostly I’m here to entertain a little bit.  Other than that, I think it’s a good exercise for writers to read things that aren’t especially good.  You won’t become a good writer just by reading things you think are great and trying to emulate them.  Sometimes you have to read things that are bad so you know what not to do.  That’s a cliché, I know, but it’s also pretty true.

How often do you intend to update?

I try to update on Sundays, because nothing else ever happens on the Internet on Sundays.

What qualifies you to do this?

I have a degree in English and I like to read this kind of thing.

If you’re so good at picking apart other people’s hard work, where’s your book, Mr. Smartypants Lit Major?

Umm…look at that weird bird over there!  It’s got a thing on it’s head!  Squawk, squawk, Mr. Bird!


4 Comments

  1. Joe Halder says:

    I love this concept. I have been reading what I call pulp paperbacks for years and have found some favourite authors, these books are super cheap, accessible (mostly) and oftentimes a good distraction from my regular reading. I also call them “Pop & Chips” books, because like a can of pop (soda) and a bag a chips it satisfies for the moment though its not a full meal. Well Done!. I have quite a few of these myself and look forward to reading some of your reviews.

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    • Thanks for reading, Joe! I certainly hope you like what you find. I like the term “Pop and Chips” for this kind of book, although in my part of the country I suppose we’d call it “Coke and Tater Chips.”

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  2. I was wondering, do you ever take suggestions for books to review? Or does it depend entirely on what old, cheap paperback you find this week?

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