The opinions here are all mine as are any mistakes. If I am in any way unfair to my readers, or the authors and publishers of the books I review, I'm sure that karma will exact its due. I am not a publisher, editor or literary genius so my reviews will not be expert critiques on plot, theme, voice, syntax, or writing style, they will be from the viewpoint of one reader to another. The reviews I write are not structured in any way, they come from my heart and are based on my gut reactions. And remember that we are all different, what appeals to me -- or doesn't -- may or may not affect you the same way. All I can suggest is read the books and decide for yourself.
The reason why I did this was a combination of lack of self confidence -- I wasn't sure I could do this reviewing thing -- and intimidation from reading reviews that I quite honestly, did not understand.
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Those technical reviews contain in depth comparisons to other books and authors. They analyze voice, plot, pace, fictionalization, characterization, worldbuilding, themes and style. They use words that I don't know the meanings of but feel like I should.
And their grammar and punctuation is perfect; another thing I know I fail at miserably. It has been a long time since 12th grade English.
They generally have no passion. They do nothing to make me want to read the book. They (the reviewers) would never be caught squealing over a dragon or wanting to comfort a young witch.
That alone makes me hope that I do fulfill a need in the book reader universe.
The best explanation I have found for how I review was stated by Ashley over at Nosegraze. She describes how she reviews as "word vomit."
That is exactly what I do! Pour out feelings, impressions, likes, dislikes, and the occasional squeal. Then I proofread, correct, add and subtract the review into something I hope is coherent.
Sadly, I know the review will still have typos that won't appear until I hit publish, an over abundance of commas and more passive sentences than Carter has pills. (Oops. Showed my age there didn't I...)
Which do you prefer, professional or amateur reviews?Inquiring minds want to know...
In the interest of satisfying my curiosity I'd like to know what you think. Do passionate fan reviews hold value or do the more formal, analytical reviews give you more bang for your buck?
Just for fun I'll put up a poll in the sidebar. For those of you who can't see my sidebars (like on mobile) please feel free to leave a comment instead. I look forward to your answers!