About Asylum

Asylum is a record of the books I read, and the occasional author interview.


  1. I would love it if an experienced reader such as yourself would check out my work! I would love honest feedback from someone who really knows how to analyze and provide commentary on writing. Feel free to check out my blog at fromtheinbetween.wordpress.com! And thanks for sharing your opinions with us!

  2. Dear John, I’m following your site full of interesting reviews of books I never seem to hear of, but your posts never seem to show up on my reader in WordPress even though I’m following you. Is there another button I need to press for your posts to pop up automatically when you when you post something new? Thanks!

  3. Hello! I am a publicist at Southern Illinois University Press and we are interested in sending you a book to review. If you are interested, please send me your email and I will send you an electronic copy, or we can send you a standard copy if you would prefer.

  4. Ten or 15 years ago I read a Brian Moore book about an IRA bomber (not Lies of Silence.) I don’t remember the title. Can you help?
    Thank you, Charles Coates, NYC

  5. Hello John,
    I’m a publisher, of sorts, and have an author, at least that’s what he claims, and I was wondering if you’d like to take a shufti at his novel and considering a review. It’s published in the New Year, but I have physical copies available. Do let me know if you’re interested.

    Here’s some blurb.

    ‘Reckless, sardonic, and frequently hilarious Nico Lee’s ‘A Good Lie Ain’t Easy’, is a heart-warming tale about not staying true to yourself and all the joy that can bring to family and friends. Set on the road, somewhere between the cheap ache of nostalgia and the numb regret of last night, it charts the trajectory of four young drifters, as they attempt to remain as emotionally stunted as the great nation they’re erratically traversing, an English girl and three American brothers, set to wander, in a time so primitive that Grindr was just a really bitchin’ Death Metal band and irony was still something you could enjoy without having to be ironic about it.’

    John Blaney

  6. Hello there,

    I’m a writer – I write romance novels and romantic comedies (in e-book format). Would you like me to send you one to see whether you want to review it?

    They are light, funny books with a warm heart and some deeper subjects bubbling away beneath the fun…!

    Thanks for your time,

    Bernie x

  7. Hi John,

    I’m a marketing assistant for Gallic Books, indie publisher of an eclectic mix of prize-winning fiction from around the world. I’m in the process of updating our bloggers database, and though I know we’ve sent you some titles before, we don’t appear to have an email address for you in the system. I’d love to get one on there for you, just so it’s easier for us get in touch in future about any exciting upcoming releases we’d be keen to send your way.

    Drop me a message if you can!

    Many thanks,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s