You reach an age, or maybe a stage, where it’s difficult to recall details. Too many emails about too many things and you just have trouble recalling where you read this or that. Someone a few months ago, perhaps on this blog, lamented not being able to afford Holy Horror. I wanted to let that person (or any other interested party) know it is now available free—for review—on Reading Religion. Feel free to drop me a comment if you don’t know how to get this thing started. When I was a grad student I learned about reviewing. It was the way to get ahold of expensive books for free. I’m no longer able to do them (conflict of interest), but I still think they’re one of the greatest perks for the literate.
Reading Religion does not require a Ph.D. to permit an interested party to volunteer. Since it’s a religion site, many clergy do reviews. If you’ve been talking to anyone about Holy Horror (and I’m just sure you have!) and they want to read it, let them know. There’s nothing more embarrassing to have nobody wanting to read your book when it’s available for free. Besides, reviews are how people find out about books. Over half-a-million new websites are created each and every day, my friends. We’ve got to help each other out! I’ve been providing free content here daily for twelve years now—I need someone to review my book. I know people are busy. There are an estimated 1.7 billion websites, many with multiple pages. Who has time?
I try to post about lots of books here on Sects and Violence in the Ancient World. I know it’s not a frequently visited website (I’m a realist) but I know at least two publishers have taken blurbs from my words here to promote their books. Those of us who read have to stick together. Writing, to me, is how you pay back for all the reading you get to do in life. It helps, of course, if people know about your books. By the way, if you have an interest in religion at all you should check out Reading Religion. It’s a great site to figure out what’s going on in books. And you might even find something there you’d like to read. I’d do reviews myself, but that’s no longer permitted. I’ll put my thoughts here on this blog, though. It’s only doing to others what I would appreciate being done back.