Sunday, February 8, 2009

Who can Review?

Can you?
I heard some talk on this topic about reviews... so, what makes a reviewer? What makes a critic? Is it experience? Schooling? Longevity?

I review books. Bottom line is my opinion. I don't think that really changes if a reviewer works for the New York Times. Maybe because they work for the NYT their reviews are more widely read or accepted, but the bottom line is still their opinion. Two people, equally read, equally educated could have two completely different opinions about an apparent 'classic' book...or where to find the best steak in Chicago.


People are only going to follow a reviewer if they find that their tastes are similar.


  1. Eh. I have my opinion and most of the time it doesn't seem to go along with the majority. I don't really read reviews or put much stock in them. Either I like it or I don't. Most authors really don't want the bad reviews published and will discredit them. I've heard of authors going so far as to trace people who leave bad reviews on Amazon. There was an author not too long ago that actually threatened a reviewer.

  2. Agreed.

    It's one person's opinion. There is no art to a strong reviewer, it's just thoughts on a book.

    I love reading people's thoughts, but I kind of look at it as a book club, or discussion of some kind.

    Good question!


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