Re: RARA-AVIS: Negative comments (was; Steals)

Mari Hall (
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 08:57:37 -0500 > > to warn via the subject line that a negative review is enclosed.
> >

> Since I just posted some comments very critical of a
> contemporary book, this struck home. I don't know whether Fred

However, although it is no fun to see your book trashed, I think anyone
who reads owes it to the rest of us to post what they "think". Yes,
there were negative comments here, but I keep telling folks (and I know
whereof I speak, I reviewed for 3 years for Mystery News as well as
publishing other places before the internet became the "in" thing) I
don't think "my" comments would make or break a book. In fact if I said
'this is a cozy in the vein of Agatha Christie" folks would rush out to
buy it even though those folks knew I didn't read cozies. I'm not a
writer or English professor so I can't tell you whether the "structure"
is good or the grammar is perfect, I can only tell you why I like or
don't like a book in 25 words or more. Sorry, this went on so long, but
you don't even want to ask me my opinion of "negative reviews".

from Mari Hall
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