From Lev Grossman, author and book critic for Time magazine, shares his confessions of a book reviewer, including this terrific insight into the job of a book reviewer:
I think of the reviewer’s role now as being more about providing context for a book, tracing its lineage in the tradition and locating it in the literary topography of the present, and all that touchy-feely sort of thing. The critics I love these days do something slightly different from what they used to: they don’t just judge, they open up that weird, intense, private dyad that forms between book and reader and let other people inside. They tell the story, the meta-story, of what happened when they opened the book and began to read the story.
Also worth reading is Grossman’s essay on literary value in the age of the Amazon and Goodreads review.
Here’s an autumnal book for you! I review the haunted house story Rooms by Lauren Oliver on my book review blog, Books Worth Reading.
I review three anthologies edited by John Joseph Adams on my book review website, Books Worth Reading. Have you been wanting to try a new genre: dystopia, post-apocalypse, or multiverse? A well-edited anthology can be a great introduction to a genre as well as a good way to discover new writers.
I just read and reviewed Gregory Maguire’s new book, After Alice, a retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. (Beautiful cover, isn’t it?) Read the review on my book review blog.
I posted a review of The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara on my book review blog, Books Worth Reading. This is a dark book that really sticks with you.
Newly added to book review blog is a review of Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Days, a new magical realism novel by Salman Rushdie.
I’m reposting some of my favorite book reviews on my blog Books Worth Reading. This week, I’m recommending the science fiction classic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.