I will be starting my own version of a book review, or perhaps a ‘non’ book review called The Hurley Edition Book Report. Instead of presuming to review a book, believing that I know best or better than anyone else, especially the author, I’d rather write my own thoughts and impressions of a book, promoting it and the author along the way. After all, it’s a small world and business we are in and we should be encouraging each other, not tearing each other down, which I have seen in many “book review blogs”. So I thought a new approach would be in order and that approach is —- a THE Report. (The Hurley Edition Report) So keep on the lookout for those, as they are a new concept and welcome addition to The Hurley Edition that will be launching soon with a book close to my heart, and that’s all I’ll say for now!! Soon, everyone will be saying, “Have you been reviewed by The Globe & Mail?”, “Not yet, but I’ve been given a THE Report on The Hurley Edition!!” says the beaming author! That’s my hope, anyway.
I was always told, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all!” This way, I don’t promise to write a review for every book or ARC that I receive, but I CAN promise to write a THE Report on books that strike me as great, interesting, amazing, as well as needing that all important exposure that we so desperately need as beginning writers, or even as published writers; especially here in Canada. So it is in the spirit of mutual beneficial involvement that I start this endeavour. I would also encourage as many fellow bloggers, authors, both, and even the mainstream media to create their own versions of THE Reports. Book reports on what was good or great about the book that you’ve read. Look for the amazing things in a book that you read instead of criticisms to put others down, or make them look bad in the harsh public light of the mainstream media, perhaps costing authors a chance at nominations for awards or agents or grants. All of these are incredibly important to anyone trying to “get the voices out of their heads” and onto the page. In the end, we all benefit from better supported arts. We get better books and artists who just may be able….maybe…to live above the poverty line for the first time in our country’s history.
As always, you know how to reply to or email me with your own thoughts. Let them loose, I say!
HI! It’s great to be back after a lengthy absence from the blogosphere.
I am excited to announce a book giveaway as my first post back here at THE HURLEY EDITION!
I have read and reviewed an advance copy of “Peace At The Edge Of Uncertainty” by Neil Hanson. It’s a beautiful book written in the form of a letter from a middle aged man to his dead father, who passed fifteen years prior to the letter. It is a captivating study in facing death, something we all must face at some point, but most of us rarely think of.
The first person to comment on my review (which will be the next post – not this one) will receive a paperback copy of the book. All other comments left about the book or the review (again – not this post – the next one) will receive an E-Book copy of the book. This is a great contest where everybody wins. My many thanks go out to Nicole at Tribute Books, who organized this blog book tour, and who so kindly asked me to be a part of it.
To set up the book and some information about the author, please read on…..
Neil Hanson’s Bio:
Neil Hanson lives and works in Colorado. Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty is his first book. He blogs actively and writes articles for periodicals. He is an avid outdoorsman, passionate about hunting and fishing. He spends a great deal of time bicycling the roads and trails of Colorado, and backcountry skiing in winter. His passion for gardening spills over into a joint venture with his oldest son, where they operate a landscaping and construction company in Colorado.
In this story told in the first-person form of a letter from a middle-aged man to his deceased father, Hanson invites us to journey with him through the final days of the father’s life, finding a magical transition waiting at the end of that journey. The story weaves end-of-life reality and spiritual questioning into a sensitive and revealing tapestry of Truth and Wisdom. The tapestry is colored with true stories of mystical experiences that inform the spiritual path of the son.
Most of us will face difficult and painful end-of-life decisions with the most important people in our lives. The threads of this aspect of the story are sensitive, and Hanson reveals the struggles and destinations of the son as he wrestles deeply with the journey that he must walk in making these decisions for his dying father.
The Book Review is forthcoming….
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So I have been trying to reach out to my fellow bloggers to see what this world is like. I need to make some new friends in this community, so what better way to do that than to register with the Book Bloggers Appreciation Week site. So….. Keep Reading…