Thursday, January 18, 2007

reviewer's block

A post from my previous blog:

I keep picking up books, thinking "I don't feel much like reviewing this, but it really belongs in a bibliography, so I'll read it and just write a short informative blurb" and next thing I know, I have paragraphs of review. This is actually pretty cool.

I need to try that trick on some books I didn't manage to review. A good example: "Feed" by M.T. Anderson. An amazing book, too amazing for me to get out any words about it, it seemed. I had a perfect beginning, but after that it all kind of dribbled away.

And "How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found." I LOVED that book. And couldn't find word one to say about it. Perhaps I just can't bear to write a mediocre review of a wonderful book?

MotherReader commented on my last post that I'm not the only one with this problem. Anyone else?

I do have much of a review of The Rules of Survival written and will finish it if it's the last thing I ever do and the worst review I ever write. :-\


Blogger Elaine Magliaro bligged...

I, too, loved FEED. Great book! I have to admit I'd love to read a review you wrote about it.

1/18/2007 7:13 PM  
Blogger web bligged...

I'm so flattered! Maybe one of these days I'll reread it and see if I can make a review happen.

1/18/2007 8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous bligged...

I don't have that problem, of not being able to write a review of a book that I really liked. But I do sometimes have trouble reviewing books that either lots of people have already reviewed on the blogs, or that I know are already very popular. Then I start thinking, what do I have to add to this discussion? I also have a harder time getting up the initiative to review the second book in a series, where I've already reviewed the first. It's like, the excitement is gone for me. But I think that you shouldn't be shy about saying something about books that you love - I think that your passion for the book comes across, and that's what's most meaningful for people reading your review.

1/20/2007 5:04 PM  
Blogger web bligged...

I have that same series problem! And sometimes it seems pointless to review a book that has already gotten a lot of media attention. I don't only review for this blog, though, so I try not to let what's happening on other blogs influence me too much.

1/21/2007 9:16 PM  

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