Saturday, December 18, 2010

Letter from a friend

A friend of mine (finally) read Bad Attitude (when did I publish that, 2007?) and wrote me this little review. I like hearing what people think of my books, whether they like it or not (as in this case.) Anyway, I thought I would share it with you:

I just wanted to tell you that I read your book “Bad attitude”. And…
Well, you really are too much of a communist. I always knew it, you non-catholic, false Irish!
No seriously, that wasn’t my (main) point. But I’ve got to tell you honestly:
Yes I read it but I’ve got to tell you that I wasn’t really content with it (not that I HAVE to be satisfied of it, I’m fully aware that you didn’t write a book for me). I did really prefer “Game Quest”. Maybe I missed something but this one was a bit too straightforward: always in the store, few characters, too much of a good vs evil plot and a very unappealing main character.
What a punk he was, though I have to admit Tom was also an appealing hatred magnet and I’m always for anything that’s against Future Shop.
Anyways, I wanted to tell you that I read it and that I did have a good time reading it but that I was a bit disappointed because you really rocked my world with “Game Quest” and not so much this time.
If there was some kind of superb irony about it, please tell me.


  1. Bah, humbug! I like that book--it's got a killer ending!

  2. Thanks Wred. I like it too. But it's interesting to see how differently people can approach fiction (from an author's standpoint, anyway). I think what makes mainstream fiction work is that it is the least challenging (I don't mean that in a derogatory sense - as in 'it's easy', but it's geared at a more generic worldview.)