One of the main reasons the (non-existent, officer!) monkeys and I decided to start this homage site to Julian was a very real concern that people who encountered his muscular self-promotion without any context might be lured into parting with their hard-earned cash for one of his eye-wateringly badly written novels.
It gives me and my (imaginary!) monkeys no little pleasure, then, to see that Google has joined us in the quest for critical balance. A search for Julian Ruck on Google now gives first page prominence to this blog (variously in third or fourth position), John Abell’s analysis of Julian as a comic creation, Steve Mosby’s analysis of Julian as a plagiarist (via John Abell’s blog) and David Hewson’s report on Julian’s ‘car crash’ of a festival in Kidwelly.
Prospective readers will now have every chance to consider alternative views of Julian’s literary merit – and if we’ve saved even a single innocent reader from wasting 1p on Amazon, then all the monkeys’ hard work will have been worthwhile.
And if you need a little extra delight with your coffee, consider this – Julian’s own unimaginative, bullying and ad hom comments on this blog have helped us improve our ranking for the term ‘Julian Ruck’. Now that looks a lot like poetic justic!