Mar 192012

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing by Mayra Calvani and Anne K Edwards
Source: Review copy for book tour
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

This book was written not only with the aspiring reviewer in mind, but also for the established reviewer who needs a bit of refreshing and also for anybody–be they author, publisher, reader, bookseller, librarian or publicist–who wants to become more informed about the value, purpose and effectiveness of reviews. 

I found this book to be an interesting look at traditional book reviews. It seemed to be geared more towards print reviews than book bloggers, but lots of the advice is good, regardless of the final outlet. Most of the advice seems like commonsense, but that might just be because I already read with an eye towards my final review.

The most current and interesting chapter was the about the controversy about whether book review bloggers are true reviewers. This is something that was discussed and argued about within the last few months, and I found the view of the authors to be quite respectful and interesting.

Overall, I was very interested to read the advice in the book, but I was slightly disappointed in the lack of pertinent information. It seemed a bit outdated for online book review bloggers, but was still worth reading.

Challenges read for:

2012 Ebook Challenge

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