Friday Five Challenge – Purple by Gary Hodgkinson

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

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Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

So here goes…

This week I chose Sci-fi

I went to Amazon Sci-fi books in kindle, it’s not a genre I regularly read so I wanted to see what appealed on a quick glance. or

This book cover caught my eye, I like purple, it had a computer which suggested Sci-fi to fit my remit.

The price od £2.04 appealed to me

Book Description:

Balancing on the cutting edge two scientists work to create the last word in artificial intelligence, but a new sentience is waking deep within its core, growing at an uncontrollable rate, and nobody was prepared for the consequences.

Really? I seriously hope the story reads better than that terrible clichéd blurb I just wrote.

Um – Did the author really write this for a bio?

Number of pages; 38

Reviews: Zero

Would I BUY or PASS?………….PASS


I loved the book cover it got me hooked, the price was ok, the number of pages had me thinking uh-oh short story, I’m feeling cooler about it now and looking back at the price for only 38 pages. The book bio killed it off completely, this was the author’s one chance to impress me enough to buy his book, he blew it.

Where do you think he went wrong?

I’ll be back next week with another Friday Five Challenge, do feel free to join in.