Welcome to the Friday Five Challenge
Rosie Amber’s Friday Five challenge only takes five minutes, so grab a cuppa and join in!
In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions on small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?
AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?
The Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….
1) Go to any online book supplier,
2) Randomly choose a category,
3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,
5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,
6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
This evening I’m off to Munich with my husband, sister and brother-in-law for a long weekend. I’ve never been to Germany so I’m not really sure what to expect but my brother-in-law is extremely keen that the weekend involves plenty of visits to the beer houses, including the famous Hofbrauhaus, so I am growing a little concerned about how well my bladder will hold up. Deciding however that it was a little late to search for books on improving bladder control, I decided instead to search for ‘Munich’. There’s an incredible amount of history to the place and this was reflected in the books on offer. Then I saw this – and it caught my eye for all the wrong reasons.
At first I thought it might actually be a book about the airport, then I squinted a bit and noticed that it declares itself ‘a novel’ under the title. The cover drew my attention because I didn’t think ‘wow’, but ‘really?’. Imagine my surprise then when I saw a quote from the Guardian and then realised it’s published by Penguin.
Price: £4.35 in the UK (269 pages), no Kindle version in the US and the paperback will set you back a whopping $15.99.
Munich Airport: the brilliant, haunting new novel by Greg Baxter
An American expat in London, about to enter a meeting, takes a phone call. The caller is a German policewoman. The news she has to convey is almost incomprehensible: the man’s sister, Miriam, has been found dead in her Berlin flat, of starvation.
Three weeks later, the man, his elderly father, and an American consular official find themselves in an almost unbearably strange place: a fogbound Munich Airport, where Miriam’s coffin is to be loaded onto a commercial jet. Greg Baxter’s extraordinary novel tells the story of these three people over those three weeks of waiting for Miriam’s body to be released, sifting through her possessions, and trying to work out what could have led her to her awful death.
Munich Airport is a novel about the meaning of home, and about the families we improvise when our real families fall apart. It is a gripping, daring and mesmeric read from one of the most gifted young novelists currently at work.
There are fifteen reviews on Amazon.co.uk, many of which, unfortunately, don’t agree with the blurb. Those that give four or five stars really love it though, calling it moving and intelligent, while the lower star ratings feel the book is boring, dull and pretentious. In the US the book has a different cover – which is just as bad. It has twenty-six reviews; again readers seem to either love or hate it.
Buy or pass? Funnily enough it’s a BUY for me (or at least I’ll download a sample).
The cover is awful – it drew my attention for all the wrong reasons. But the premise sounds absolutely intriguing. And having had a ‘look inside’ the writing really appealed to me. I wanted to read on when I got to the end of the sample. The book is definitely polarising, but I’m going to give it a go. I really wouldn’t bother though if I lived in the US.
If you want to join in the Friday Five Challenge pop over to Rosie’s blog to find out more.
This week’s Friday Five Challenge includes a bumper historical for Rosie,
a fantasy for Shelley,
and Christmas has come early for Cathy.