An anonymous reader in Huntsville, Alabama writes:
"Why do you never review bass fishing books?"
I initially assumed that "Hooked in Huntsville" (as I like to think of him) was just a joker, and not a very funny one. But our subsequent email exchange indicated that he was indeed serious.
So it's a good question: Why don't I review books other than crime novels?
I do occasionally write about a SF or Fantasy novel or book of non-fiction, but it's true that I don't do it often. The simplest reason is that I don't really have much time to read things other than crime fiction (which is my bread and butter genre). I can't keep up with more than a fraction of the mysteries and thrillers published each month, let along try to read anything else.
More than that, publishers rarely send me other kinds of books. And I have a hard and fast rule: I only review books that publishers (or authors) send me. If I have to buy it, I ain't writing about it.
But the bottom line is that I'm open to writing about other kinds of books. (Especially other genre fiction, like SF, horror, etc.) Someone just needs to convince the publishers to send them to me.
Now I have a question for my Alabama reader: Other than the intended target, how does bass fishing differ from other types of fishing? Is the bass in and of itself such a wonderful fish that it deserves its own sub-genre of fishing?