I receive a lot of review books, but I have never once told lies about the book just because I got a free copy of it. However, some authors seem to feel that if they send you a copy of their book for free, you should give it a positive review.
Do you think reviewers are obligated to put up a good review of a book, even if they don’t like it? Have we come to a point where reviewers *need* to put up disclaimers to (hopefully) save themselves from being harassed by unhappy authors who get negative reviews?
Ah…I had kind of guessed this weeks BTT question. I have kept away from all that happened concerning a particular author last week, but I guess it’s time I give my valuable 2 cents 🙂
Obviously, it goes without saying that any author should not expect a positive review. If your book is bad, it’s bad. Just get over it and try and write a better book. I think the best thing he could have done was to ignore it completely. All of us read so many reviews everyday that I doubt if anyone would have even remembered the name of the book or the author because of one negative review. Now everybody and will stay away from his books in the future.
We are entitled to write a negative review if we do not like the book. But I guess there are certain things I will keep in mind even if I did not like the book.
1) If I am obliged to write a review, even if negative, I will go ahead and write it. But I will also mention what I have and have not liked about it. More like constructive criticism. But I think most of us already do that.
2) If the copy is received directly from the author, we should be courteous enough to let the author know that we have a very negative reaction to this book and ask him/her if it is okay to post the review at all. The author should not expect anyone to modify the review in any circumstances. This should be obvious and it’s really sad that I have to mention it here.
No disclaimers are required if we are honest with ourselves and we have taken care not to shred the book to pieces just because we did not like it. If any author is offended, so be it. It doesn’t matter in the long run.
I did not access the computer for the entire day so I could not participate that week. But I really like the question. So here it is.
I’ve asked, in the past, about whether you more often buy your books, or get them from libraries. What I want to know today, is, WHY BUY?
Even if you are a die-hard fan of the public library system, I’m betting you have at least ONE permanent resident of your bookshelves in your house. I’m betting that no real book-lover can go through life without owning at least one book. So … why that one? What made you buy the books that you actually own, even though your usual preference is to borrow and return them?
If you usually buy your books, tell me why. Why buy instead of borrow? Why shell out your hard-earned dollars for something you could get for free?
I LOVE buying books. I love to see them displayed on my shelf. I love to be able to refer back to something I have read before (I don’t do that very often though). And I love to arrange my bookshelf once in a while.
The library near my house is pretty bad. You can get all the very very popular books, but most of the time they are already issued and I don’t like waiting for something I really want to read.
I got to the library only if I am in a mood for a chick-lit or a Nora Roberts or a Mills and Boon book. Otherwise I generally buy my books.
In the last 30 days alone I have bought more than 20 books. I know, too many, but I am trying to control. My salary this year has doubled, so I kind of get carried away when I am in the bookstore.
Although I think it is good to use the library system, I find there is different thrill in owning books.
I have heard a lot about Terry Pratchett’s discworld novels, but I haven’t read any. So I did what anyone would do. I bought one of the discworld titles – ‘Witches abroad’. And now, I am really finding it difficult to get into it. First of all I have no clue what discworld is. I couldn’t understand much and I was really keen on reading the book.
Now I have a couple of questions. If anybody would answer them for me without spoilers I would be very grateful
1) What is discworld?
2) Do I need to read the books in a sequential order? If yes, which is the first book I should start with?
Also, I have been meaning to read P.G.Wodehouse for a long time. But I don’t know where to start. If you have ever read a Wodehouse novel before, which one would you suggest as an introduction to his work?