Saturday, 27 September 2014

Clearing the TBR Pile - Reviews This Week!

My TBR pile is down to 20 books - but that's only because I am on self-imposed book purchase  moratorium.

Here are some of my reviews this week. All good reads. 

Click on the thumbnails to read the reviews.

You can read my other reviews here.

Amazon Links

The Lady of the Pier (The Ebb) by Effrosyni Moschoudi
Secret (Wexkia Trilogy Book 2) by Dale Furse
Gossip by Clara Grace Walker
Just Stay by Michelle Abbott
The House on Persimmon Road by Jackie Weger

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Authors' Reaction to Book Reviews and DNF

“In my reviews, I feel it's good to make it clear that I'm not proposing objective truth, but subjective reactions..."  Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert was a great American film critic who, along with the equally great Gene Siskel, awarded “Two Thumbs Up” to deserving films. Ebert was considered the most influential and powerful film pundit in America.

Though I don’t review films, I follow Ebert’s “relative, not absolute" approach when reviewing indie books. But sometimes, authors react as if reviews are absolute truths.

The way I see it, a review is really an exercise in reaction and counter-reaction:

When a book gets a glowing 5-star review...

When a book gets a 4-star review...

When a book gets a 3-star review...

 When a book gets a 2-star review...


 When a book gets a 1-star review

 And the ultimate reaction when a book is marked 'DID NOT FINISH' (or DNF)

I’m no authority  in indie book reviews (not by any stretch of the imagination), but  I feel that I need to make a stand on DNF. 

Some reviewers consider "Did Not Finish" as a review in itself. I DON'T. 

I believe that marking a book as DNF is OK. But marking a book as DNF and posting scathing remarks in Amazon, Goodreads, and blogs is a disservice to the readers.

It's just...

To me, preliminary reactions and impressions on the first 10 pages of the book do not qualify as a review. 

I'd like to hear what authors and reviewers have to say about reactions to book reviews and DNF. Post your comments!