Have you ever heard of a Book Simulator? When Love Books Group Tours put a call out for reviewers for Chris Yee’s book I signed up straightaway out of sheer curiosity! So if you’re wondering just what on earth something like this is doing on a book blog tour too, then read on 🙂
Blurb: Hate reading? This book is for you! We all know you don’t like to read, but don’t worry, Book Simulator is here to save the day. Convince your friends that you are an avid reader. Utilise techniques that almost anyone can learn. Techniques include: page turning, eye movement, note taking, and much more. Book Simulator includes interactive exercises that allow you to practice your craft. Impress your friends and master the art of book simulation.
Book Simulator is a humorous take on the conventions of a traditional book. While it pokes fun at various aspects of reading, it also celebrates the spirit of storytelling and encourages the exploration of future stories to come.
Book Simulator is available as an eBook and paperback from Amazon UK. And depending on which you choose, you’ll get a different forward from the author!
About the author: Chris Yee grew up in Needham, Massachusetts. As a young child, he had a wild imagination, thinking up stories of mystery and wonder. People would ask what he wanted to be when he grew up, and the answer was always the same. He wanted to be an author. As he grew older, educational interests pulled him away from the world of writing and into math and science.
He attended Northeastern University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering. He now works in Boston, full-time as an engineer. Despite his technical background, he never lost an interest in writing. He writes every day, to fulfil a passion that has never faded.
I’d asked for a paperback rather than eBook to review. In his forward, Chris Yee advises that I am an “intelligent individual [to] have chosen the superior print version.” Well, it’s always encouraging to be congratulated from the start. And the irony of reading a book that sets out to teach you how to feign reading wasn’t lost on me either.
Are you one of those heathens that writes in the margins or underlines words? I did this all the time as a student (and the books were mine, not library copies), so I loved Chris’ encouragement to scribble and doodle on some of the pages in Book Simulator (although I’m not sure how this would work for an eBook?). And I must admit, my mental image of a cashew in a trolley owes more to Sainsburys than San Francisco but there we are, whatever works for you.
Book Simulator is actually a hard book to review because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. But I will say that about halfway through, it changes direction with a twist that I did not see coming. Although the tongue in cheek premise is to teach the reader how to become an expert at pretending to read, it’s also a paean to what a wonderful experience reading can be. The epilogue sums up that stories matter and that quality storytelling will never come to an end while the creative spirit is alive.
Would I recommend it?
At just 122 pages, Book Simulator is a very quick and easy read, perfect for some light relief. I enjoyed it and think it would make a great stocking filler – although I can’t believe I’m referencing Christmas already… If you do get an eBook version, I’d love to know what your forward says and how the author gets around the note taking and doodling!
Big thanks to Chris Yee and Love Books Group Tours for sending me a copy to review. And don’t forget to check out what my fellow Blog Tour reviewers thought of the book too – see below:
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