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holli-herrle-castillo's picture
Feb.13.2010
I've blogged before about receiving a review that, while not bad, was not necessarily good. Now I find myself in the unenviable position of writing a review for someone else that will certainly not be a good one. It's a tough spot to be in, and I can honestly say I've never looked at reviews from...
barry-eva's picture
Jul.22.2009
Views, Reviews and Weird News So what have I got to offer you in this weeks "Views, Reviews and Weird News? Some fresh reviews at various blogs, a radio appearance or two and history coming back to life VIEWS and REVIEWS: GOODREADS **** I do not typically read books that are geared towards...
earl-merkel's picture
Jun.30.2009
Writing is a masochistic art: essentially, you put the (ouch!) most sensitive parts of your anatomy on an anvil... and hand out hammers. It's a risky business, indeed. Alice Hoffman recently felt the sledge-hammer strokes --in, we're told, a "mildly negative review"-- and decided to swing back......
sherry-jones's picture
Jun.29.2009
Dear Reader, I am a huge fan of Alice Hoffman's novels. Like the critic Roberta Silman, who recently reviewed Ms. Hoffman's latest novel, The Story Sisters, in the Boston Globe, I came to love Ms. Hoffman's books first by reading Illumination Night, which I admired as much for the writing as for...
fiona-robyn's picture
Jun.21.2009
"A bit disappointing. The story ambled along for ages, giving no indication of where it was going, with lots of rather pointless looks at the main character's youth. There's also the mysterious letters that have no purpose in the story until the very end, when the reason for them is revealed...
scott-c-holstad's picture
Sep.19.2008
Most of us, if we're lucky I suppose -- especially we poets -- get book reviews.  Could be large national magazines, or literary reviews, or various newspapers -- all sorts of places.  And that's great, right?  However, while hopefully you have received mostly positive reviews for your books, do...
camille-marchetta's picture
Sep.05.2008
Last February I was on a 'virtual' book tour that included eighteen 'stops', consisting of reviews, interviews, and guest blog posts.  Despite the fact that I never had to leave my home, the tour was surprisingly hard work, time consuming, and a lot of fun. On Monday, I started a second tour, this...
natasha-bauman's picture
Jul.09.2008
I teach during the school year. I have two free months during the summer, and I always mean to write, write, write every day of those two months. But I find myself, when I go onto the internet to do "research," just messing around online for hours. I have decided to at least be a bit...