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  •  so what makes for a good book review? (5+ / 0-)
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    what do you try to get across to readers, and what should we look for in deciding to pick up a book outside our comfort zone?

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

    by Greg Dworkin on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 02:39:16 PM PDT

    •  Perhaps all the questions, and too little sleep (2+ / 0-)
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      Greg Dworkin, Sylv

      this week, finally added up to a good long slumber for Susan. Especially if she tried all the suggested insomnia remedies simultaneously.

      I have plenty of thoughts on the matter myself - but you asked Susan. She's written 108 book reviews for Daily Kos, and here are her three most recommended:

      Book review: Chuck Thompson's 'Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession'

      Book review: David Neiwert's 'And Hell Followed With Her'

      Book review: Chris Hayes' 'Twilight of the Elites'

      For myself, I'd say a good book review captures both the shape and flavors of a book: shape being the structure and what it aims at, and flavors being the plot/characters/world/themes/and especially style of the book. A good review lets you taste the text (I try to put in a paragraph or three of the author in their most inspired flow).

      Continuing the gustatory analogy, what I look for in a book outside my comfort zone is: is there a meal here from a cuisine I've never had, but really feel like trying? And if I were going to eat Ethiopian, or Malaysian, I'd make sure that my first meal of that ilk was at a really good restaurant - so do extra research when looking far afield (I pay more attention to prizes in genres I don't know).

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 01:26:32 AM PDT

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      •  great analogy! (2+ / 0-)
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        Sylv, Brecht

        thanks!

        But now I'm hungry. I think I'll read a book at the table.

        "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

        by Greg Dworkin on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 06:24:09 AM PDT

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