Are bloggers permanently changing the landscape of the review?
This is the question posed by a blogger who goes by the name of devi, on a recent post to "bookish," her book review community on livejournal.
The trigger for her essay was a post I wrote on another Internet writing site. I had written about my reaction to the first review of Accordion Dreams. (It was similar to my Red Room blog entry a couple of posts back, on the same subject.)
I loved the review by Mr. Anchovy (a blogger and accordion aficionado). Including the wacky, slightly edgy opening line with the reference to soft porn :-) But then I began to worry a little about the tone, the whole blog culture that leads to an informal and very subjective voice. Was this a proper review for a book by a middle-aged psychologist, published by a university press? Or was I just being my stodgy self, in second-guessing?
My eventual conclusion: This was a fine, enthusiastic review, and one I should be happy to share. In fact, my publisher included it in their latest e-mail newsletter.
An interesting essay and discussion, which you can read in the link above. It helped me crystallize some of my thoughts about this. It's a cultural shift, to be sure. It makes sense that it would be harder for those of us who came of age in an earlier time, pre-computer, pre-email, never mind the recent revolution in user generated content.
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