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

Currently reading

Christina Alberta's Father
H.G. Wells
Chemistry
Weike Wang
Go, Went, Gone
Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
Cordelia Fine
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.