SMART Giveaway on Goodreads

Prolibris is marking the year since the publication of SMART with a giveaway on Goodreads.  There are 5 paperback copies to be won, and the giveaway runs through April to May 7th.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Smart by Joel Mentmore


by Joel Mentmore

Giveaway ends May 07, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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IndieReader Discovery Awards Verdict

“SMART delivers in droves—Mentmore writes terrific prose and dialogue that truly dazzles.”


Eat my dust
The Race is On


IndieReader Discovery Awards are announced towards the end of May, but the panel are publishing pre-award verdicts – here’s their verdict in full:


“Joel Mentmore’s SMART, clever, quick, and pithy, is the rare novel that is fantastically contemporary, a nightmare of technology that is doubtless chilling even weeks after reading. A high-tech thriller that is both a mystery of heart-stopping suspense and the tale of a perplexing, ambivalent male friendship, SMART delivers in droves—Mentmore writes terrific prose and dialogue that truly dazzles.”


Review of SMART and Interview with IndieReader

Here’s the link to the interview I did last year with IndieReader, which they kindly published over the holiday period.

Joel Mentmore on finding inspiration in the Early European History section of the British Museum when his smartphone died


I  was a particularly tardy blogger towards the end of last year and realise that I probably haven’t posted the link to the terrific review of SMART which IndieReader published earlier last year.

Indiereader’s final verdict:

SMART is an intriguing and thoughtful exploration of smart technology, of human tools and their effect, real and potential, on human society, wrapped up in a clever and entertaining story.

Cortana: The spy in Windows 10 | Computerworld

Cortana: Smart, Cool But Creepy
Cortana: Smart, Cool But Creepy

Cortana, Windows 10’s built-in virtual assistant, is both really cool and really creepy.

Source: Cortana: The spy in Windows 10 | Computerworld

Expect more of this kind of article.  Behind the chrome skin of the shiny, new, smart personal assistants may not be anything more sinister than a land-grab for personal information, but gradually (creepingly), we seem to become more vulnerable to whatever they evolve into, whether that evolution is by design, or by mistake.