It’s been several years since I’ve read Tom Reynolds blog Random Reality. I remember following his page and reading all his posts about his job as an EMT in London. I don’t remember what happened to cause me to stop reading, but the fact is I did. Imagine my surprised when I found that he had written a book.
Blood, Sweat, and Tea is a compilation of Reynolds’ posts from his blog. Surprisingly, there were several I read that I vaguely remember reading years ago. Unfortunately, this fact is also the books weakness.
While I appreciate the work that Reynolds had done in creating his blog and documenting his life as an EMT, simply copying and pasting that blog into a book leaves much to be desired. While there is the occasional note to give some background or thought to the post, these personal thoughts and reflections are what I was hoping there would be more of.
If you find reading several very small stories as a collection interesting then this book is certainly for you. The longest story is perhaps four pages in length. However, if you’re looking for insight into the life and thoughts of an EMT working in one of the world’s largest cities I think you may be disappointed.