Worth listening to – ABC podcast (about the last quarter of the ‘cast), but a few highlights below:
Kolbe Catholic College
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The Art of Writing a Good Book Review
by author and book reviewer Philip Hensher
* It’s a convention not to give away the end of a novel, although the ending is frequently not the most interesting part of the book. You must give some outline of the plot though.
* Quote from books when reviewing – the author’s style should speak for itself to an extent.
* Be honest if you don’t finish the book you’re reviewing, and why, but it’s a professional courtesy to always attempt to finish review books.
* Be honest about negative reviews – why didn’t you like it?
* Try not to review in genres that don’t speak to you.
* Good reviewers bring their knowledge of professional “tricks” to writing a review.
* Not necessarily a great idea to read what everyone else is saying about the book before you review it…