by Ben Woods
Ben Woods is my MySpace friend. I am guessing he found me because I list Max Barry as one of my favorite authors. He mentioned he was coming on a book tour to Champaign. What odd luck, I thought–an author who seems similar to another author I love coming to where I live! However it was on a day I was out of town. So it was not meant to be.
Later he told me he was doing a free book to every state, if I agreed to review it. So here I am. I like that publishers are now using online media to get the word out on their books. It is especially a great marketing tool for independently published books.
I have been putting off reviewing it because I feel a little weird about this–I never intended to be a book publicist. While I have reviewed a self-published book before the author did not know that I blogged when he gave it to me. I know the author will read this review, and, I am, minutely indebted to him by getting the free book. In fact, though I am sure no one noticed this, I also review a LOT of Harper-Collins books, as I get free books of theirs through a friend. Again, I feel completely FINE saying I hate their books, but I like to be as transparent as possible. In fact, while reading this book, I got another offer of a free book in exchange for a review.
I read this book a long time ago but felt weird reviewing it since the author will probably read this. I write my reviews mainly so that I can refer back to what I thought of something and because my friends frequently ask what I am reading. So this is new! Basically I really liked this book. Like, I missed my stop on the subway when reading it. I thought there was some trail off at the end, and it could use another edit, but especially for something self-published it was great. It was incredibly funny and reminded me of “microserfs” by doug coupland and “Company” by Max Barry. I highly recommend it to anyone who has worked in a techie office.