Read it if…..: The gargoyle’s reviews for the time-poor…or goldfish-sized attention spans.

It has slowly dawned on me as I delve more deeply into the blog-o-sphere, that there is more interesting content out there than could ever be read by one individual.  It has also come to my attention that many people, including myself, are time poor.  “But Bruce,” I hear you think, “you are a bookshelf gargoyle, unable to leave your shelf.  Surely you have all the time in the world to accomplish your goals.”  Yes, well, you’ld like to think that, wouldn’t you?  But it seems that, for gargoyles as for fleshlings, time marches on.

To this end, I would like to assist Mad Martha in her attempt to provide you with succint recommendations of unmissable reads.  She really has cornered the extreme end of the market with her reviews in 17 syllables, but for those of you who prefer a slightly longer, but still fairly time-managed review (say, longer than a sneeze, but shorter than a drawn-out coughing fit), I would like to begin some reviews titled “Read it if…”

This will hopefully allow me to share many of the books I have enjoyed and recommend, without burdening you, the reader, with too much information.  After all, let’s face it, you all have other blogs to look at now, don’t you?  It’s alright. I understand.  You can’t be expected to hang around with a stony old brute like me longer than you have to…, don’t apologise, I’m used to it.

So I present to you my first “Read it if…review”: Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

Read it if…..

* you’ve dreamed of running off and leaving your problems behind while dressed inappropriately for the weather

* you are fond of horses or cheese

* you are, or know of, a horse with a fondness for cheese

* you have ever had an interesting conversation with complete strangers on a train (or other means of public transportation)

* you are partial to relatable characters who, despite harbouring strong suspicions that you may be a street-dweller, would happily offer you tea, a bacon sandwich and a chat in a polite, British fashion if you turned up unexpectedly in the small hours of the morning

* you enjoy delightful and witty tales that don’t require too much effort on the part of the reader and won’t generate the kind of angst that comes from consecutively reading three or more dystopian YA fiction titles featuring zombie plagues, nuclear holocausts or other forms of creeping death

Really, this is a great little read if you’re looking for something light and comfortable.  Go on, give it a burl.

Until next time,


5 thoughts on “Read it if…..: The gargoyle’s reviews for the time-poor…or goldfish-sized attention spans.

  1. Fabulous idea! I always joke around with my kids that they have the attention span of a gnat, but it occurs to me that they may have no idea what a gnat is. Now a goldfish…they know about those. I agree that there is so much information and so little time, so I can really appreciate these shorter reviews. I’m considering doing something similar as well including going solo on some books that simply aren’t age and/or gender appropriate for my kids but surely they are a fantastic read for other people’s kids. Nothing worse than having my son or daughter dislike a book only because they aren’t really the target audience. It doesn’t seem fair to give it a poor review for that reason.


    • Oh my, I’m all a-flutter (to the extent that stone can flutter)! An author visit is surely the most exciting thing that’s happened to this blog since, well, ever. You are most welcome for the post…it was well-deserved. 🙂


  2. Thanks for dropping by my blog, t’was great to have you there. Loved your take on Mrs Queen takes the train – it’ll be a book I look out for!


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