Yeah, but why some books and not others?
Certain books get recommended to Robbie A LOT. And yet, to the
neverending frustration of readers, he never seems to get around to
reading them. There is a good reason for this. If Robbie senses that a
book or a series of books is already very popular and highly publicized,
he doesnt feel an urgent need to review them because theyre selling
themselves pretty well. He considers it more important to draw your
attention to lesser-known treasures, books that deserve more attention.
Often Robbie will wait until the best-selling book that everyone wants
him to read comes out in paperback before he buys it for himself. He is
in no hurry because he knows theyll be around for a while.
But so much rich magic, so much reading pleasure can be found in
unexpected places, forgotten titles, authors relegated to the discount
rack or the public librarysome of them, outrageously, out of print.
This is where Robbies missionary zeal kicks in. These books NEED to be
on the Book Trolley, need to be brought to the attention of the
discerning reader in search of something special. Thus Robbie will glom
onto whole strings of unjustly neglected books by Joan Aiken and Diane
Duane, for instance, because he really believes you will love them and
they deserve to be loved. Meanwhile, books such as Inkheart and Cirque
du Freak, authors such as Tamora Pierce and Orson Scott Card, are not in
any great danger of being overlooked. Your feedback has proven that you
know about them, and they will still be in print when Robbie gets around
to reading them. So despair not!
If you would like to contact Robbie, you may do so here.
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