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Daniels, Neil
All Pens Blazing A Heavy Metal Writers Handbook Volume II (Book Review)
February 2011
Released: 2010, Indie
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

This is the second book in the series ALL PENS BLAZING. I did a fairly in-depth review of the first book so accordingly, due to the very similar nature of this second title in the series, my review will be a bit on the short side. Please check out the review of the first book here.

In case you don’t want to read the first review, APB is essentially a collection of interviews with Metal journalists about Metal journalism! The popularity and demand for a second book sees Daniels releasing part II. Some of the minor flaws that just slightly marred the first edition have been corrected. The print is much larger and easier to read. The book is a bit bigger, there is a nicer cover, the font is easier to read and the whole thing is just a bit more professional.

Daniels has expanded the scope of the second book. Instead of just authors from England and North America, this time he has interviewed authors from Europe and Australia as well. He has also included authors who specialize in the more melodic genres writing for various webzines and magazines. There were a few more women this time around but it still seems to be a man’s game overall. It was nice to read about Gerri Miller and Amy Sciaretto for example.

The first edition had 65 interviews and Part II added another 69 interviews. Will there be a part three? One can hope! Daniels was kind enough to include me in his book (Interview #69 by virtue of my surname, not my sexual habits) so that’s a good reason to not buy it! Ha! Seriously, chop off that last interview and you have a damn decent book that is mandatory for anyone who wants to write about the rock.
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