Tag: Presentation

David Mitchell – Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse | Review

Title: Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse

Author: David Mitchell

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 326

Rating: 4*/5

 

David Mitchell - Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse

David Mitchell – Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse

 

I suppose the first thing to point out here is that this is by David Mitchell the comedian – and not the novelist who wrote Cloud Atlas. I’d actually recommend reading both of them, but for very different reasons.

This book isn’t necessarily a typical book as such, because it’s basically just a collection of different columns that Mitchell wrote for newspapers. Despite that, it does sort of follow a narrative structure – at least, as much as this sort of book can. He’s done a good job of bringing them together in to some sort of order, however arbitrary, and it works well.

The problem is that as soon as you’ve read the first fifty pages, you pretty much know what to expect for the rest of it. It’s different to other books, which are able to repeatedly hook you in with an intense story line. Here, the best you’ll get is a laugh every few pages and the lingering sense that you’ve learned something.

 

David Mitchell

David Mitchell

 

The interesting thing about David Mitchell is that he’s a sort of hero for the cynical, which is probably why I liked this so much. It’s not for everyone, but it’s great stuff if you’re a fan of his or if you tend to lean more to the left when it comes to politics.

My main gripe with this book is the presentation. It felt too text-heavy, and the different columns weren’t particularly well-separated. That only really affects the book’s aesthetics, but I’ve always thought that aesthetics are important. For the average reader, it might be enough to put them off – especially because the newspaper column style starts to get repetitive.

Overall though, I thought this book was lots of fun – and when I wasn’t laughing, I was nodding my head in agreement.

 

David Mitchell

David Mitchell

 

Click here to buy Thinking About it Only Makes it Worse.

 


Charles Bukowski – On Love | Review

Title: On Love

Author: Charles Bukowski

Type: Poetry

Page Count/Review Word Count: 216

Rating: 4*/5

 

Charles Bukowski - On Love

Charles Bukowski – On Love

 

This book does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a collection of different poems by Charles Bukowski that focus on the topic of love. What’s interesting is that there are different types of love represented here, from the love he had for women to his love of the horses, his cats and his typewriter. But mostly, the poems here follow his musings on love and the phenomenon that it causes inside a person. After all, just because Bukowski was a cynic, it doesn’t stop him from having the same feelings as the rest of us.

That, by its very nature, makes this one of his more approachable books. It doesn’t push the reader away – it invites them in, which makes it the perfect introduction to his work for people who’ve never read him before. The presentation of it is fantastic as well, and it even includes a few of his doodles. Some people have said that this is just an attempt to make money from his memory, but I think it’s a beautiful little book and a great addition to my collection. I’m glad I own it. Buy it – you will be, too.

 

Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

 

Click here to buy On Love.

 


Newsletter Signup

Get special offers, new book news, cover reveals and more!