About

Hi Everyone,

I’m Will. I have been posting reviews on Goodreads since 2008, 1054 as of September 2018, if you can believe that. If you are serving a particularly lengthy prison sentence you may find reading all of them a way to help pass the time. I will not be porting all of those over here. I might need a prison sentence of my own (always a possibility) to have the time. I have provided a link to GR where you may wander through them all at your leisure, if you get that urge.

The impetus for starting this blog was the purchase of Goodreads by Amazon. I was very concerned that Amazon would alter the rather comfortable setup so many of us enjoyed at GR, and I wanted to have a safe haven for my babies before that day arrives. Well, several years on, Amazon has mostly kept their hands off, so I continue to do my reviewing primarily on GR, but hang onto this site as a fall-back should Amazon decide one day to become more intrusive.

I am a 60-something Boomer, thus the “Coot” of the title. I have had a few careers, which is not unusual these days. I retired recently. I have even done a bit of freelance book-editing, but am not in the publishing field beyond that and never have been. If you want to be pissy, I guess an exception might be the newsletters I wrote for the little league teams I managed. But other than that, not in publishing. Ok? Jeez!

You will not find images of me here. I have a face made for radio and a voice made for print. But there are images out there, if you know where to look.

It should be known that my book goddess, my wife, works at Harper Collins. So if you believe that negates my reviews for Harper books, be my guest. In fact, she has no say in what I write and only rarely reads my little offerings even after I post. If you have a concern about whether I am a mole, secretly flogging Rupert product, I suggest you read a few reviews and see for yourself whether you think I am an honest reviewer, or not.

The image in the header is a photo I took from Brooklyn Bridge Park of the lower Manhattan skyline. I have a couple hundred more from the park on Flickr. Also on Flickr, I started writing the beginnings of stories that insinuated themselves into my tiny mind while looking at some of the photos I had posted. I have made a set there, called Beginnings, and have ported those to the Beginnings Menu item here. I hope to add more to the seven I have written so far, both on Flickr and here.

What else? I am a native Noo Yawkah, and do the accent quite nicely when upset. I have lived or worked in all five boroughs (and a few parts of Joisey, as well) and even did an undergrad semester in London back in the 70s. But I live these days in Wilkes Barre, PA. I had an embarrassing moment recently when I got to meet Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf (we love him). We exchanged some intel on New York items. Two of his kids live in NYC and his wife was born in the same Brooklyn hospital as my youngest. When he asked me about my fifteen months of life in Pennsylvania, “Well, what do you think?” I drew a blank and emitted some form of huminahuminahumina. He offered a very sensitive reply about it being quite a change from living in NYC. But there are some things about living in Wilkes Barre that are pretty cool. In this political season my wife and I have gotten to meet a lot of interesting people here, via being volunteers for PA Dems, canvassing, volunteering in phone banks, running phone banks, doing data entry into the state Democratic Party database, attending many gatherings of diverse sorts, parties, rallies, fund-raisers, arts awards ceremonies, protests, meet-and-greets. We feel a connection here to our elected representatives that was much less the case back in NYC. It will be very interesting to see if that connection persists beyond the election season. I am optimistic. We intend to remain politically active after the election, in some way or another.

I am still pondering what to include in this blog, whether to expose some short pieces of fiction and non-fiction I have written, and poems I wrote for my kids (three, all grown) some years back. I am also pondering re-naming this to something else, and wondering if I need to to a total redesign.

As of September 2018, this blog is still in transition, as I expect it will always be. I am not entirely comfortable with the interface, and am not interested in learning enough CSS to be able to roll my own. (I was a programmer for over two decades, so could, if I wanted to, but life has become rather busy, and I would rather spend my time doing other things.) It is in a suspended state for now. I have a considerable number of readers (more than 50K) on GoodReads. One result of this is that I receive an ungodly number of review requests, enough that I have felt it necessary to ask that authors with review requests pass me by. I simply cannot take on any more than I am already doing. Sorry.

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16 responses to “About

  1. Varun Sayal

    Hello WIll,

    Hope you are doing good. You have an amazing blog here, loved it. I am writing to you today, looking for an honest review of my suspense, thriller, sci-fi story-book “Time Crawlers”, published on June 14, 2018, via Kindle Direct Publishing. The book is 118 pages long.
    Alien Invasion, Dark Artificial Intelligence, Time-Travel, High-Tech Hindu Mythology, Djinn Folklore, Telekinetics and life-consuming Cosmic Entities are some major themes in my book which has 6 tightly-knit, fast-paced Sci-Fi stories.

    Your precious words would be a very big help to me and would enable me to write better books in the future. Please let me know if you would be willing to share your valuable review. I will share the PDF or MOBI as required by you.

    Amazon link here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DRPPGK6
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40540847-time-crawlers

    Please let me know how to proceed.

    Very Respectfully,
    Varun Sayal

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    • Hi Varun,

      Thanks for thinking of me as a possible reviewer for your book. As you might imagine, (or might not) I receive many such queries, to the point that I put a line at the top of my GR profile (clearly need that here too) that I am not accepting author-review requests. Between my wife being in publishing and bringing home books all the time, incomings from several other houses, and we buy books too, added to the fact that I am a relatively pokey reviewer, cranking out only one new review a week, means that accepting review requests is problematic. So, sorry, I will not be able to take on your baby, but I truly wish you the best of luck finding readers. There are a lot of reviewers who, I am sure, will be more than happy and better able than I to have a go with it. Your book sounds like a fun read. I wish you the best of luck finding appreciative readers.

      -Will

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      • Varun Sayal

        Hi Will,

        Thanks a lot for this response. Apologies I perhaps missed the line about not accepting reviews. I reached out because I saw that you like Sci-Fi books and many Sci-Fi readers have been saying some good words about “Time Crawlers” on Goodreads. But I totally understand that you are already packed. My best wishes for your other reviews.

        Regards,
        Varun

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  2. “I have a face made for radio and a voice made for print.” with a bio like that, what’s not to like?

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  3. What a great blog. When you have a moment, check out this new historical novel about, of course, Brooklyn on goodreads . . . https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25942936-exile-on-bridge-street

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  4. Hello Will, would you be interested in reviewing my novella “Pulse: When Gravity Fails”? It is a thriller with a hint of sci-fi. I can send the printed version.
    More details on my website:
    htttp://www.scifibookseries.com/

    Thank you in advance.

    John Freitas

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  5. I do hope you will crosspost all your GoodReads reviews here. Not just due to the Amazon concern (GR may go down at any time), but just that the blog medium is far more pleasing to the eye to read long detailed reviews. There should be scripts or tools that can help you achieve this.

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  6. An amusing and lighthearted intro to yourself and your blog – nice one 🙂 Just a quick heads up, Ive made volume one of my poetry book free on Smashwords now so if you get chance to check it out let me know what you think – be nice 🙂

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  7. What a lovely collection. I hope you will keep them coming…

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  8. Ben

    Thanks for the follow. Good stuff here. -ben

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  9. H. Balikov

    Congratulations on starting this journey, Will. I, too, am interested to see where it leads.

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  10. I follow you on Goodreads and always like your reviews. I wanted to print a copy of your review of The Son, which my wife just finished reading. Printing a copy from your blog seemed easier that printing a copy from Goodreads. Vic Carson

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  11. Meg

    I think it’s great you started this blog. I like your reviews very much!

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  12. What a great intro. Makes me want to read your comments, reviews and general thoughts.

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