Book Blurbs by PCN

Yesterday, I sent a note to crime author Meg Gardiner, thanking her for vetting a book for me. I receive lots of ARCs for review consideration and sometimes I’m so overwhelmed, I don’t know what to read first, or even read at all.

But when I saw Meg’s blurb on the cover of Dana Haynes’s Ice Cold Kill (out March 26), I thought I’d give that book a try. I don’t blindly believe in blurbs, but I’ve read Meg’s work and been lucky enough to spend time with her at Bouchercon, so I know she’s a whip-smart, discerning person who doesn’t suffer morons or, I assume, moronic writing. And so far, I’m enjoying Kill.

So I thanked Meg for helping with this choice, because sometimes even synopses don’t do anything for me except make my eyes roll backward into my mouth. When I told Meg this, she responded, “Now there’s a blurb: ‘Won’t make you choke on your eyeballs!'” I thought, That would definitely make me read a book.

Then I started thinking about how boring most blurbs are, how they often resemble each other and become useless noise. So I came up with the following blurbs that would get me to read something:

“Takes you on the kind of ride that gets you thrown into a Mexican jail!”

“Scarier than a clown exorcist!”

“Blows your mind like a hooker who likes brains!”

“More exciting than whatever you’re doing, unless you’re playing with chickens!”

“Like an EpiPen to your heart…after a triple espresso!”

“You couldn’t handle this book!” (reverse psychology)

“Better than the book by that guy you read that one time!”

“It will kick your teeth in, gouge out your eyes, pull out your guts, and jump rope with them!”

Would these work for you? Want to add your own blurbs in the comments? Does anyone want me to endorse your book?




  • Reply
    Jen Forbus
    February 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I would enjoy those blurbs for entertainment sake, for sure. But as for me, I don’t pay one lick of attention to blurbs with the exception of two authors. Even people I know and adore I’ve disguarded as biased because I know they are blurbing either a.) a friend or b.) another author from their publisher. Which of course isn’t to say a book is bad, it’s just that I can’t use the blurb as a measurement. If they can’t sell me with the synopsis…I move on to the next option….

    However, I will say, “playing with chickens” sounds more like one of Dante’s levels of hell to me… 😉

    • Reply
      Naomi Johnson
      February 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      ‘Honesty in blurbs,’ a new policy?

      I rarely pay attention to blurbs, but I must add that my favorite read of 2012 — Wiley Cash’s A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME — was one that I picked up solely on the strength of the blurb by Clyde Edgerton, whose work I enjoy immensely. Sometimes, even the most glowing blurb is true and not just radioactive.

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