Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dirty Little Secret #25

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"How do you go about reviewing 1 or 2 star books or books you didn't enjoy?"

As I'm in the process of finishing the book The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing I'm learning that a critique should explain what you did/did not like about the book, but not to go about it by bashing the author. Take an overall look at the book - writing style, character depth, are they realisitc, are the hero and heroine a good match, doies the plot move along, are there gaps, etc. You can have a positive/ negative review without making the author look like their writing is terrible, but letting them know that, hey this part of their story development is good, but it can be developed different can also be a learning experience for them as well. Only helping them become better and gain us book reviews some credibility in our reviews.

1 comment:

  1. *thumbsup* to everything you said.
    In fact, I just wrote & posted a "negative review". It really is tough to bring my thoughts across (or rather on paper) without making it seem like I'm nit-picking or bashing the author.
    Happy Thursday.
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