Sunday, September 13, 2009

Non-review and quickie giveaway: No Mad

Notnessie at Today's Adventure has come up with a terrific way to handle reporting on books that just didn't make it to the finish line, i.e., for whatever reason, we just didn't read the whole thing, but have read enough to get a flavor of the writing. She calls them "Non-Reviews". I've been calling them "Abandoned books" over on LT, but that sorta sounds like I've left them on the roadside for the crows. In some cases, I intend to come back and try later; in other cases, like Sam Moffie's No Mad, I realize that this is just not my cuppa tea. Sam asked if I would review this, and was gracious enough to send me a copy, so I feel an obligation to get it to someone who can appreciate the author's hard work. Sam has suggested that I find another home so someone else can enjoy it. So first my few comments, then the rules for the giveway.. I didn't finish this book; after 60+ pages, I felt it was going nowhere, and I got tired of the moanings, fantasies and self-centered musings of an adolescent masquerading as an adult male. The premise (if I read the back cover blurb) appears to be that said male finds his wife in bed with his brother, so he takes his belongings and his dog and sets off to find himself or abandon his previous life and see the world and/or d) wallow in sex whereever he finds it?? I got that far, but nothing seemed to indicate this journey would ever end... Moffie writes well, his sentences are often humorous, but I kept finding myself saying "and? and? get on with it." I couldn't find the point....but that may be just me---I'm not a middle aged male. I'd be happy to have someone else give it a look and enjoy it. So drop me a comment, and I'll pick from entries received by September 19th. Be sure to leave me an email so I can get in touch with you about mailing instructions.


  1. sounds cool

  2. I'll skip trying for this one thanks, but it is a great idea. I have a few laying around here that might find a better home this way. A home where they will be read to the end....

  3. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks!!


  4. Please enter me, thanks
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  5. sounds great count me in for sure!!!


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  6. sounds good to me ...please count me in..thanks

  7. sounds different

    Cheli's Shelves

  8. Please enter me in the giveaway!

  9. Yikes...I have this book, I guess I'll give it a try, I sorta have to, but I've already DNF'd a record 4 books this year. I was hoping this wouldn't be number 5! I'm not optimistic.....

  10. Please include me in your giveaway

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  11. Please count me in for this rather interesting book.



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