Tag: book reviews

Confessions of a Critic: What Makes People Write Nasty Reviews?

Confessions of a Critic: What Makes People Write Horrible Reviews?

This week, I set out to enquire what drives people to write really nasty reviews. Not only did I find the answer, but I also found out that I was the culprit (and so are you). In an attempt to soften this shocking revelation I have turned this life lesson into unmissable advice for authors and internet users. Just call me Dr. Spin-ling.

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Hey, Big Reader: What Did I Miss?

Hey, Big Reader: What Did I Miss?

In what will resound through the world as a shock move, I divide this post in two to ask: when is a 5-star review not a 5-star review, and why should they be banned? Then I attempt to completely subvert the laws of physics by asking you for ADVICE. Pop something bubbly. This may never happen again.

Please Don’t Ask Me To Recommend A Book To You. It Will Only Hurt Us Both

Please Don’t Ask Me To Recommend You A Book: Why Book Reviewers Are An Endangered Species

Being a book reviewer is a tough gig, which is why I’m glad don’t do reviews on this blog. But because I spend so much time shouting and roaring all over the interweb about booky stuff, people often ask me for recommendations. It never ends well. Once it ended up in tears, recriminations, and a mud-wrestling pit. Who knew bookish types were so volatile? Well, actual book reviewers, for a start. And they’ve known for a while.

Benchmarking Book Reviews, Or How To Untwist One’s Knickers

For a blogger, there’s nothing quite as sweet as gaggles of people getting their knickers in a twist over something. (Those of you who don’t blog yourselves probably don’t know that the blogging equivalent of Natural Law is a list, called “Things That People Get Very Angry About On The Internet”. Whenever we’re stuck for an idea of…