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.
Should you wish to contact me, my email address is mcairnduffATgmail.com. The AT is of course an @, changed in the probably vain hope of fooling spambots.
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.