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The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing by Mayra Calvani
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Feb 24, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: to-review, non-fiction

Serve Your Reader with an Objective Review

Want to promote books you love? For no-nonsense, clear and expert advice on the art of book reviewing, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is a must read. Crammed with advice and guidelines for the beginning or experienced reviewer, the book is practical and specific. The co-authors are seasoned journalists and the forward of the book is written by James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief of Midwest Book Review, lending even more credibility to the expertise offered.

A glance at the table of contents will alert the reader to the quality and compass of this guide. Clearly listed are points about the art of reviewing, the influence of book reviews and an extensive list of resources. The authors provide explanations of how to read a book and how to understand its construction, plot, style and characters. The difference between reviewing fiction and non-fiction is clearly laid out with examples of good and bad book reviews in both categories. Helpful resources for where to post reviews or how to start your own review site abound. Also discussed are the practicality of earning income or fame through the reviewing of books and how to handle disgruntled authors or publishers.

The credibility of The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is evident by the many stresses on two very important points:

• Book reviews must be well-written, objective and fair.
• The primary audience of a review is the reader of books, not the publisher or author.

Interested in book reviewing? Read The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, throw your personal bias in the trash, and read the first book in your stack with an objective mind.

Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont

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