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Reviews about historical, literary, classic, and other fiction.  Miscellaneous book things.

Currently reading

Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: A Story of Women and Economics
Katrine Marcal
The Essex Serpent
Sarah Perry
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
Cordelia Fine
The Well of Loneliness
Radclyffe Hall
A Book for Her
Bridget Christie
The Power
Naomi Alderman
Walking in Berlin
Franz Hessel
The Years
Virginia Woolf
Tales from the Underworld
Hans Fallada

Do We Really Need Negative Reviews?

From The New York Times, a written debate between Francine Prose and Zoë Heller about whether (professional) book reviewers should write negative reviews.

 

Having only positive book reviews seems rather silly to me.  I think a negative review, written constructively, can be a good thing, both for writers and readers. Just because a book was actually published doesn't guarantee that it's well-written or even worth reading.