Saturday, August 23, 2008

On Blog Reviews

Patti Abbott tackles the subject of negative book reviews on blogs.

I commented:

I think any reader is entitled to share an opinion on a book, but it's a long way from sharing one's opinion to being paid/solicited for it.

I don't think blogs have achieved the credence that newspaper/magazine reviews have, and because blogs are ubiquitous (anyone can start one), perhaps they will never be equal.

Personally, I have no qualms about posting negative reviews on my blog. In studying creative writing, I learned to critique the work without criticizing the author, to give reasons from the text for my dissatisfaction.

This said, if I don't finish or don't like a book at all, I don't review it.

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