Is there a difference between reading and review reading?

There’s a bit of a lull in my book review schedule as the ones I am slated to review don’t start hitting bookstores until January and I don’t like reading a book too many weeks before it gets published. As a result, I’ve been pretty much reading whatever strikes my fancy lately and it’s brought […]

May Bibliolust

Like two months ago, the “books to review” stack is piling up again. As a result, this month’s s bibliolust is limited to books I will be reviewing in the coming weeks:

A Day in the Life: One Family, the Beautiful People, and the End of the Sixties, Robert Greenfield — Greenfield has long documented […]

Is it cliché to talk about clichés?

So, someone’s come up with another list of the most annoying clichés book reviewers use. There’s 20 of them compared to the last list, which contained “seven deadly words” for reviewers.

So, how big an offender am I? Here’s what a search of the 158 posts in my “Book Reviews” category shows:

Gripping — 0 […]

An author’s rules for reviewers

You can find plenty of opinions, both good and bad, on book reviewers. Likewise, there’s lots of ideas out there about what a review should or shouldn’t do. This past week SF author David Louis Edelman gave his thoughts on what authors want from reviewers. Here’s the list with some of his comments:

Opinion. “Have […]

Book Review: The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing

It’s kind of a puzzle. How does a book reviewer review a how to book on book reviewing? More than other reviews, the reader may judge the book solely by the review itself. After all, since the reviewer just get done reading about writing book reviews doesn’t the quality of the review reflect the value […]