Thursday, March 30, 2006

Another review of Taking Comfort.

This one's by Debra Broughton.

She uses the word 'unputdownable'. I've dreamt of seeing that word in a review of one of my books.

My favourite bit of the review? Well, I'll confess I'm overjoyed with the whole thing but the opening sentence is especially gratifying.

"If the mark of a good book is that you can’t put it down, then Taking Comfort by Roger Morris is a really good book."

Call me shallow, but that's always been important to me. To write a book that will hook the reader and not let them go. I can't say how much it means to know that it worked for one reader at least.

Oh, I like this bit too:

"But just as it’s becoming too much, the tempo is raised and the story hurtles towards its conclusion (this is the part where I was outside arrivals 3, gasping at what I read, and not giving a damn about the people around me who had nothing better to do than watch me)."

3 comments:

Tom Saunders said...

Good-oh.

Don Capone said...

"Call me shallow, but that's always been important to me. To write a book that will hook the reader and not let them go."

Why is that shallow? What writer wants to write a book that IS put-downable?

Congrats on the good review!

roger said...

Hi Tom and Don.

Don, I don't know but I sometimes get the sense that there are those who look down on books that work in that way. The term 'page-turner' is slightly derogatory. Conversely, there is sometimes the view that the harder a book is to read, the better it must be. Of course, it all depends on the book.

I did have a conversation with David from Goldsboro Books (a bookshop in London where we'll be launching MNW) about what genre my book is. I said I had no idea. He said he thought it was a literary thriller. That sounded good to me!