Recap of the Blog Tour, Week 5

Two positive reviews this time around, the first from No More Grumpy Bookseller: Snowden’s Summer of Long Knives was really an impressive historical thriller. In a lot of ways it brought to mind Tom Rob Smith’s debut Child 44. Both deal with countries in the midst of political upheaval. And both deal with police whose jobs are hampered… Continue reading Recap of the Blog Tour, Week 5

To Pan Books or Not to Pan Books

It’s been a few months since the bookish among us pondered the question of the value of negative book reviews, so Francine Prose and Zoe Heller are reheating the issue in the New York Times: The publishing industry, we hear, is in trouble. So why would a sensible writer tell people not to buy a book?… Continue reading To Pan Books or Not to Pan Books

What Is to Be Done About Book Reviews?

Apparently, Talking Points Memo is kicking around the idea of doing book reviews, and Josh Marshall, TPM’s lord asked the following ask on Twitter mere minutes ago:   I have my own (admittedly highly self serving) views on the subject, which you can doubtless guess. But what is the need out there? How can we… Continue reading What Is to Be Done About Book Reviews?