Monday, November 15, 2010

Guest Review: The Debt to Pleasure

During the month of November I will be featuring a series of book reviews done by different writers. Aside from this introduction- everything will be written by the guest reviewer. Please enjoy and dive into some books I haven't had the opportunity to get my hands on yet! - Erica

Guest Reviewer: Ray

Despite that Halloween has just passed, I decided to go with a book that isn’t scary on the outside but once you get inside, is frightening.

First, a little bit about me. I’m a 35 year old husband and father of two little boys. I’m a writer (you can find my books at our website and the co-founder of Christopher Williams Books, a publisher of fine ebooks. I’m a life-long reader and lover of music, movies, and comic books.

But enough about me...

This would be one of those books that I bought because of the cover. I’ll admit it. It has this wonderful still life painting of a bowl of fruit. I loved the picture so much I bought the book. And began to read one of the most amazing and frightening stories of my life.

Debt to Pleasure is a memoir (of sorts) told to you by a man who loves food. He actually presents the story as a cookbook, telling the reader what to make in what seasons. Lancaster begins to hint at something unseemly under the surface when the narrator starts to mention that pretty-much every person who has ever given him a recipe or was part of his life is now dead. Yeah, that was the point where this book about food became something much more interesting. And much darker.

I would highly suggest this brilliant first novel for anyone who is looking for something different than the usual fare being forced upon you by publishers.

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