Book Review

What you need to know about writing a review

What is the difference between “professional” reading and reading for pleasure?

This is a different type of time for forwarding. “Professional” reading is a labor investment, when a person reads for their pragmatic goals related to work. Reading for pleasure is reading with the installation to extract pleasant sensations from the book; it has no practical consequences .. In texts, by the way, there is also a division. Some are written to be read for pleasure (this, for example, is almost all fiction). Others, genre, refer to the artistic, scientific, and technical literature, require a different approach.

How many times do you need to read the book you are going to write a review on?

It depends on the personal qualities of the author. If the author has worthy philological data and from the first notice all internal connections, roll calls, structural features, hidden quotes, plot moves, he can write a review at once. But, of course, the text of a certain level of complexity requires a thoughtful attitude and often appealing to something, checking your guesses, considerations. As with good music, with good literature, repeated reading brings new sensations and discoveries.

How to tell about the plot of the book and not become a spoiler?

Fear of spoilers – a new phenomenon that arose with the help of film and even serial effects. Serious publications such as the “New Yorker” or “Atlantic” still print long book reviews, handing over almost the whole story. It means that an intelligent person reads a book (well, if this is not a detective for the sake of a detective), not out of interest “and what’s next?”. And judging writing skills, not to mention the events described in the book, it is very difficult. But now because of the spoilers there is such a howl that it is easier to concede. You can take the drawdown, there is no denouement.

What is the difference between reviews of art books and non-fiction?

A review of non-fiction involves the presence of any kind of expertise – preferably academic.