A Tale of Two Cities
The Complete Short Stories
Fahrenheit 451
Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Navigators of Dune
End of Watch
The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
King Henry VI, Part 3
King Henry VI, Part 2
Henry VI, Part 1
King Henry IV, Part Two
King Henry IV, Part 1
Richard II
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
The Rosie Effect
On the Nature of Things
So Anyway


Review Protocols

If you would like "Smell The Book" to review your work, first please send me an e-mail at to make sure we understand each other's expectations and that the book falls under the parameters set out here. If we are on the same page, I will provide you with the address to send your book.

I do not charge for these reviews.

Please be sure to include the following information in your request e-mail:
  • Book Title, Author, Genre.
  • Any online links relevant to the book.
  • A brief synopsis and preferably even a short representative chapter.
  • Preferred date of completed review (to coincide with a launch?)

I have a very diverse taste when it comes to books. I'm happy to look at both fiction and non-fiction. If it helps you determine if your book is likely to be to my taste, here is a list of some of my favorite authors:

  • Biographies - Depends on the person, but I enjoy them.
  • Stephen King (thrillers, some paranormal elements, good fluff reads)
  • Homer (ancient history, epics, Greek works)
  • Robertson Davies (Dramas, memoirs, life stories)
  • Frank Herbert (Sci-Fi, time travel,  alternate worlds)
  • Ayn Rand (Philosophical, opinion, allegory)
  • Sir A. Conan Doyle (Sherlock level mysteries)
  • Alexandre Dumas (Classics, epics)
  • Jose Saramago (existential, quirky)
  • Dan Brown (Fluff action, formulaic)
  • Shakespeare (I'm at Stratford every year and open to plays)
  • Graphic Novels (Big comic fan, will review these too if asked)
  • Charles Dickens (Probably past the need for a review?)
  • Many independent authors, (Nick Harkaway, Nerys Parry, Matt Ruff, Rachael Joyce, Amor Towles, Esi Edugyan, Ruth Walker, Nancy Richler and more).

As far as books I personally avoid, there are few, but please no "Twilight" or demon/werewolf vampire bodice rippers. Also please no fluffy feel-good books like "The Secret" or "Chicken Soup for the Soul."  No pure poetry books either please. I'm a fan of Blake and several other poets, but prefer to review fiction and non-fiction please.

At the moment, I am not interested in reading anyone's draft or for proof reading. Only published (or pending publication/release) works please.

Please understand that I can not accept review requests where I am asked to purchase the book or pay for shipping. I get enough requests without having to have this process cost me money.
What you can expect from a review by "Smell The Book":
  • An honest impression of your book, plot, possibly even writing style. You know, the "Smell" of the book!
  • A review out of 10 stars.
  • A link from my website to purchase the book.
  • Book cover image posted with each review as allowed by the hosting website.
  • The publishers "blurb" (the summary seen on most sale websites).
  • Publisher, author and distributer links as well as page count, cost and personal thoughts and opinions about the book.
  • The reviews are posted on this blog and also to Facebook, Chapters/Indigo, AmazonTwitter, PinterestGoodreads, Librarything, and Shelfari and sometimes my own personal websites.  
Please note I am not a "hardass" when it comes to reviews. I usually will try and find the positive points in a novel even if I did not like the book itself. Not every book is everyone's cup of tea but I can usually appreciate that even a book that doesn't appeal to me might be enjoyed by someone else more familiar with the genre or author.

If you would like to donate a single edition or several issues as a giveaway, please check here at the Giveaways page

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