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Friday, 7 December 2012

Reviews

Three more treatments to go, before I get to start something absolutely new. My current project is Ephesus, followed by Midnight At The Alhambra, then With A Song In My Heart. There is another piece of work that I have not been able to post on this blog, I'll Have The Last Waltz With You, because it has been shortlisted for a competition, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed with that one.
Add to that, my reading list is so long now because I know and have met so many writers this year. I have bought their books, (mostly tree-books and not e-books), all of which will get a review from me.

Even if I don't know a writer, but I have totally got the plot, cared about the main protagonist, and my mind's eye has been able to get a clear picture of the remaining characters and the setting, I feel I have made a connection with the writer, and feel compelled to write a good review.

If I didn't like the book, felt indifferent or even given up on it, I do not write a bad review. I just don't write a review. There are enough critics out there, that would do the job for me. Besides, just because I don't get it, it does not mean that other readers are not going to like it. So why should I as one individual, write a subjective critique, that makes the author look bad and myself feel good for doing it.

I have had one or two people say to me, 'I liked it and wanted to write a review, but couldn't think of what to say, when it has already been said.' My answer to that is a review is a review, no matter whether it is a paragraph or two, or just one word like "Great!' or 'Rubbish,' (please don't).

I have had a couple of reviews, and when I get one, it's like Christmas has come again.

Speaking of which, I need to go Christmas shopping for my grandchildren, both pre-school, and guess what they are having... yep that's right books, lovely books.