He Who Puts His Head Into The Lion’s Mouth …

(Warning – The Review linked to below contains strong language which some may find offensive.).



I came across Glenn Hates Books, (https://ghbooks.wordpress.com/) as a consequence of him having clicked the “like” button on several of my posts. Glenn’s site is not for the faint hearted. As the tagline makes clear it contains “brutally honest book reviews”. Anyone who visits Glenn Hates Books will find a book reviewer who pulls no punches. If Glenn believes that “a book sucks donkey balls” he will make that crystal clear in his review. It would be a brave or foolhardy author who would risk entrusting their pride and joy to the tender mercies of such a reviewer. Well I will leave it up to you to decide whether I am brave or downright foolish but, dear reader know that I screwed my courage to the sticking point and emailed a copy of my story, Samantha to Glenn with a request that he consider writing a review. Having clicked on “send” I felt rather like a man playing Russian Roulette. Would the gun go off blowing me to kingdom come or would I escape unscathed?

Why, you may well ask did I put myself through the ringer by approaching a reviewer known for his colourful language and, on occasions excoriating book reviews? The fact of the matter is that I was intrigued by Glenn’s approach to book reviewing. Like a moth to the flame I was drawn in.

I submitted my request for a review on Friday 6 February and on the evening of Monday 9 February received a helpful email from Glenn informing me that he had reviewed Samantha and providing links to the review, (https://ghbooks.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/samantha-is-a-dirty-whore/).

I am grateful to Glenn for taking the time to read and review Samantha. He is, as his site makes clear, brutally honest in his reviews, however, on a personal level I find Glenn charming and engaging. His reviews focus on books not on the author, which is as it should be.

Will I put my head into the lion’s mouth again by requesting that Glenn reviews another of my books? The jury is still out on that one!


(For a fellow author’s view on Glenn Hates Books please see http://petedeakon.com/2015/01/07/glenn-hates-my-book-and-i-love-him-for-it/. For my book, Samantha please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samantha-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00BL3CNHI


10 thoughts on “He Who Puts His Head Into The Lion’s Mouth …

  1. D. Wallace Peach

    Glenn and his book-hating ways have crossed my blog as well, and I’m a little intimidated. I’m working up the courage and will likely take the leap in the next few weeks. Thanks for sharing this. Wish me luck.

  2. roughseasinthemed

    Odd blog. Still, it makes a change to read someone who doesn’t give everything a glowing five stars. I think you did well to come out of it with three. He seems to review plot mostly though, rather than style, characters etc. interesting though suspect the stylistic novelty values wears off.

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thanks for your comment. Yes it is certainly an interesting blog. Your comment on Glenn’s blog, picking up on his criticism of “British” modes of speaking, “I went to university” etc made me smile.



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