Discount Toradol

by Bill Ward on October 16, 2009

in Black Gate,Book Reviews

douglas_macarthurA Discount Toradol, fter a month or so of slacking on my Blog Gate responsibilities, I have returned like MacArthur to the Philippines, sans corncob pipe, with a post all about book reviewing: Writing Book Reviews -- How and Why. Since a great deal of my time lately has been going into reviews for the next issue of BG, 100mg Toradol, 250mg Toradol, and since I can't think of hardly anything to blog about lately, an indepth look at reviewing seemed like a good idea:

The primary element of a book review, Toradol overseas, 30mg Toradol, then, comes down to the reviewer's opinion of the book itself, Toradol uk. Toradol usa, Sometimes this opinion is expressed in neutral terms, and sometimes in personal terms, 20mg Toradol, 500mg Toradol, and it is important to distinguish which is which. The difference arises when one is referring to an absolute standard of judgment versus a subjective one — and this is perhaps the biggest gray area, Toradol mexico, Toradol australia, and perhaps the most reliant on instinct, in any sort of critical endeavor, Toradol japan. Toradol paypal, Is the novel’s uneven pace an example of a failure in pacing for this kind of story, or your own impatience with the book, 150mg Toradol. 750mg Toradol, Is the author’s baroque style purple prose, or just something you aren’t in the mood for, Toradol canada. 40mg Toradol, Does the novel fail on points of characterization, setting, Toradol ebay, 10mg Toradol, or theme — or is it just not the novel you thought you were getting when you looked at the cover?

So, I talk a bit about the do's and don't's, Toradol craiglist, Toradol coupon, and offer a little practical advice on how to become a reviewer for those of you crazy enough to want to and, finally, 1000mg Toradol, 200mg Toradol, I dig into the reasons why those of us who do review, review:
But, 50mg Toradol, Toradol india, above all, reviewing is a way to engage with books in a more alert, Toradol us, more critical, and more substantial way. When I think over the last few years, the books I remember best are the ones I reviewed — and not only have I retained more from those books, but I’ve understood them better as well. The act of taking notes, of thinking and evaluating, and of then actively writing about a book, is a way to take one’s reading to another level — and for book lovers, what could be a greater joy than that?
.

Similar posts: Temovate For Sale. Buy Strattera No Prescription. Where Can I Buy Xopenex. Discount Petcam. 10mg Hydrochlorothiazide. 40mg Buspar. Actos overseas. 100mg Diclofenac.
Trackbacks from: Discount Toradol. Discount Toradol. Discount Toradol. Discount Toradol. 40mg Toradol. Toradol overseas. 10mg Toradol. Toradol craiglist.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Pete Mitchell October 17, 2009 at 2:14 am

Enjoyed the (full) article at Black Gate. I do wonder if there can be any truly ‘neutral’ sentiments expressed in a book review. Whether a particular piece of writing is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is a wildly subjective assessment; one person’s “thrilling, visceral, chaos of war battle scene” is someone else’s “tedious, incoherent smash-’em-up”.

It seems to me the best a reviewer can do is make their own prejudices clear in describing what did or didn’t work for them in a book, and avoid unfounded generalisations, e.g. “I didn’t like this because …” rather than “This is utter garbage, penned by a completed idiot.”

My pet hate are reviewers who try to couch their personal like or dislike of a book in purportedly “objective criticism”. This sort of attitude leads to specious (and laughable) claims like: “Look! Look! I hated this and it used the passive voice, so It Must Be Bad!”

Everyone has their opinion, but trying to aggrandise that opinion as the unassailable standard to which all other opinions must conform (i.e. “One review to rule them all!”) or otherwise assert that the reviewer’s opinion is “more important” or “more valid” than anyone else’s strikes me as sheer hubris.

I was also interested by the point you made about good reviews needing to be ‘entertaining’. An unremittingly snarky (and in no way ‘fair’ or ‘balanced’) review about something the reviewer hated enough to ridicule at every possible turn can be highly-entertaining, but I’m not sure how good a ‘review’ it is.

I guess the key, when reviewing, is not to let the cheap shots–or the arrogance–get out of control.

P.S. I spotted a minor typo in the article: “… Whenever evaluating failures and success in a book it is important to keep foremost in mind the totality of the book itself — if it is successful despite it’s flaws …” It should be “its flaws” (no apostrophe), of course. Just FYI, in case you still can (or want) to fix this.

Bill Ward October 17, 2009 at 9:42 am

You know, the whole ‘snark and cheap-shots’ thing never occurred to me, I should have covered it. It is so alien to the way I review that I don’t even think about it (especially as, for this site, I don’t even bother reviewing books I don’t recommend), and I really haven’t encountered it all that much from genre reviewers. Needless to say, I agree with you, and bile and abuse is not at all what I had in mind when I urged reviewers to be entertaining.

I share your dislike with reviewers that insist that their pet hates or current humors translate into objective criticism — however, I don’t feel this invalidates the notion of objective criticism (or objectivity in general, a larger issue). This is why I mention in my post that the line between objectivity and subjectivity is something it almost requires a honed instinct to navigate — and perhaps it’s also a question of personality and mindset. I believe there are such things as objective standards — certainly ‘failures of logic’ are among the most cut-and-dried examples of this. Beyond that, many books have their own inherent criteria based on genre expectations or the goals the author creates for himself.

I agree the days when the gatekeepers of high culture passed sentence from on high under the guise of objective standards has past — but I’d argue that some of their criticism was, of course, another kind of subjectivity. But narrative structure and the demands of storytelling have their own kind of logic, and I do believe it is possible to offer some sort of objective analysis of them that goes beyond gut feelings or pet hates. I don’t necessarily think it is the most important part of criticism, however.

And thanks for spotting the typo — I always fix them when brought to my attention.

Leave a Comment