“Among the extremely diverse books lumped together as ‘mysteries’ I shall try to judge each fairly according to the best standards of the type which the author intended to produce, and not those of another type which I personally prefer.”
Digging deeper into my file, I found that most reviews were thoughtful and positive. But a couple of them had ignored Boucher’s credo. One was so critical I was sure the guy not only hated my book but was also thumbing his nose at his boss for forcing him to review it. I don’t care how thick skinned an author becomes, snark hurts because somebody is telling the world you suck.
Reviewing books is hard work, especially if you do it right. You need a broad knowledge of literary structure and keen analytical skills. Hopefully, you’ve read a lot. And, in my opinion, it’s important to have a positive attitude. If you're mad at the world, everything you do and say is filtered through the prism of anger.
We all gravitate toward certain types of books, but I always venture out of my comfort zone if the book comes highly recommended. For example, years ago a friend told me about the novel Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, billing it as a time-traveling “romance.” At first, that didn’t sound appealing to me but she so strongly suggested I read it that I did. It is a time-traveling romance but so much more. I loved the book and went on to read all of the novels in the series.
I generally don’t review books, especially written by people I know. As mentioned above, it’s a lot of work to do the book and the author justice. But I do tell everybody within shouting range when I love a book. That’s why I’m gratified to be blogging with my fellow Naked Authors. I can say without reservation that I love their books—all different, all wonderful. And each came highly recommended by “big mouth readers” like me.
I just finished James O’Neal AKA James O. Born’s The Human Disguise. It’s a science fiction novel, featuring a tough Florida cop in a futuristic world. For those of you who are W.E.B. Griffin fans, he offers this blurb is on the cover: “One helluva story from one helluva writer! Only a cop like James O’Neal could create futuristic bad guys like those in 'The Human Disguise.' And only O’Neal could weave them into such a slick, fast-paced story—one you’re convinced is the real world. This is a ride—and a writer—you’re long going to remember.”
Stay tuned for an announcement from James O about upcoming releases.
I’m a big fan of Jacqueline's Masie Dobbs series, and I’m looking forward to reading her new standalone, which is due out on July 1, 2014: The Care and Management of Lies.
Also looking forward to Paul’s new book, which is due out…Paul?...Where’s the new Jake?
Happy Monday (this is not a review)!