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

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