For anyone considering purchasing this book who is unfamiliar with the Smart Bitches Trashy Books blog, stop and check it out first.
Do you say "awesoFor anyone considering purchasing this book who is unfamiliar with the Smart Bitches Trashy Books blog, stop and check it out first.
Do you say "awesome, some real criticism of the genre, great recommendations, they don't take themselves too seriously, love the cursing, love the mocking?" great! Buy the book! For once a book from a blog combines old and new material very well so that it is WORTH buying it even though we get the blog for free. (Most of the points made in the book have been made many a time on the blog, such as the Cassie Edwards scandal; but the ladies cover them with new words and new entertaining insight)
Do you say "these 'ladies' are shocking and scandalous. I don't appreciate the language, and I'd really rather not hear harsh criticism of my darling genre" or the almost opposite "Romance novels are disgusting and I don't want to read something that may convince me otherwise, I just needed to know the facts" Ok, try another book, perhaps one more geared towards genre outsiders or the ones the ALA produces for reader's advisory purposes....more
The ALA Readers' Advisory Series are all written by different people (understandably), which makes for very uneven reading. The romance advisory was wThe ALA Readers' Advisory Series are all written by different people (understandably), which makes for very uneven reading. The romance advisory was written as a defense of the genre, a calling for people to be unashamed of reading romance. Ultimately, I came out with a good understanding of the genre, and several books to read. This horror advisory reads more like several essays on subgenres.
The writing is more academic than conversational, and the separation of the subgenres did not work properly. The authors discuss overlap, but did not format the book in a way to handle the overlap. Books that belong in more than one subgenre receive an annotation in one genre and a note in the other, but there is no consistency in which section gets the annotations (Either whichever comes first in reading the book, or which one is more prevalent in the book would have been acceptable to me). Some books that should have been in more than one category weren't, which would have been fine were the authors consistent with books only being in one. There was no cross-referencing within the text so it was not easy to see that a book under monsters is also under splatterpunk. (Believe me, suggesting a splatterpunk book to someone unawares is bad news.)
The annotations and descriptions did not make me want to step outside of my comfort zone in my own reading, nor were they extensive enough for me to use without doing some of my own research into the books. All in all, I'm not sure that my view of horror was changed at all. Perhaps someone who has never read any horror would benefit more from this book, it is both an easy reference and a quick read straight through. This book has it's purposes for a library, they just didn't suit mine....more
A great quick read for professionals to appreciate the genre, as well as a great reference. A lot of the text is spent dispelling the stigma of readinA great quick read for professionals to appreciate the genre, as well as a great reference. A lot of the text is spent dispelling the stigma of reading romance or a library carrying romance which is presumably preaching to the choir for anyone who is reading this, but there are good ideas, good professional tips and resources, and good lists in the appendices....more
Not as helpful as I'd hoped. More of a "so you bought this book, here's the arguments you will likely get against it." Synopses of plot seem a waste ofNot as helpful as I'd hoped. More of a "so you bought this book, here's the arguments you will likely get against it." Synopses of plot seem a waste of time because if you get a challange and haven't/don't read the book? FAIL....more