My name is Max Cairnduff, and this is my blog. This is essentially a literary blog, I write up every book I read, whether I liked it or not, and share some thoughts on it. I read a mixture of literary fiction (particularly in translation), crime (mostly noir and hardboiled), science fiction and the occasional bit of history or reportage.
I have other interests of course, mostly cultural though. I love film, theatre, games (computer games, rpgs, board games, games generally), music (jazz, early blues, dubstep, electronic, hip-hop, pop, but like most people with a strong interest in music I listen to a wide range of stuff), some TV programmes (stuff like The Shield, Being Human, Heimat, Treme), I just have more to say about books so that’s what I blog.
I’ve been offered books for review on occasion by publishers, as have many other book bloggers. That means it’s probably worth having a review policy. On reflection, mine is very simple, I don’t intend to review books provided to me by publishers.
That’s not because I see anything wrong with reviewing publisher-provided books, I don’t. It’s because my reading time is limited, and I enjoy following my enthusiasms and passions as they take me. I’d hate to feel beholden to read a book, and I don’t think if I did feel that I’d do a fair job by the author anyway.
That said, I do appreciate the offers I’ve had and I wish the publishers and authors concerned every success.