Any review provides a useful public service in that it is a form of advice to the reader; eat here, don’t eat here; read this don’t read that. But if I gave an Obsessive Blogger Badge for every review that appeared on a blog, I’d run out in less than a fortnight.
In the case of David Maybury though, something bigger is afoot. He has set himself the task of reviewing every bookseller in Dublin (for starters) and mapping them on google. As a man who is often obsessive when it comes to books, I have a certain fellow-feeling for David and his project. Soon the readers of Dublin and beyond will have a valuable resourse, in the form of a guide to the whereabouts and quality of every bookshop in town. David has started by giving Read’s of Nassau St. the once over. Lest he run out steam for want of encouragement, he gets a Hobbyhorse and an Eyeball in honour of his labours.