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

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How German Is It (Wie Deutsch Ist Es)
My Year of Rest and Relaxation
Ottessa Moshfegh
The Memoirs of an American Citizen - The Original Classic Edition
Robert Herrick

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.