Yes, I have. Normally, I count on you, @Pat Young , to show us what was. You haven't done so here, unfortunately.Has anyone else read this book? What did you think of it?
A book review is not a chapter by chapter recounting or synopsis of a book.And it's dismaying when the 10% addressed is 'cherry picked' to advance the reviewer's agenda.
Earlier, I was going to say that your sections read more or less like a synopsis. At least, they strike me that way. I should add that I think that's really nice.A book review is not a chapter by chapter recounting or synopsis of a book.
Generally, in my experience, "book reviews" take several forms:
1. The "Book Report"-We are all familiar with these from elementary and middle school. These are brief summaries of the book's author's plot or thesis, perhaps with a short assessment by the reviewer.
2. The daily newspaper review-These are similar to a movie review in a regional newspaper. They are typically 500-1000 words long and are primarily aimed at letting a reader know if he or she will like the book. They are a sort of consumer's guide to the book.
3. The weekly newspaper book review supplement style review-These are found in supplements like the New York Times Book Review-They are longer-form, typically 1,000-2,500 words long. While they focus on the book under consideration, they often also introduce information from outside the book. They also may focus, in historical works, on the subject of the book and not just the book itself.
4. Academic Reviews-Generally written by an academic expert on the subject matter that is the focus of the book. Written for credentialed specialists.
5. Long Form Reviews-Found in periodicals like the New York Review of Books. These discuss the subject of the book generally, as well as the book itself. These reviews are often 3,000-5,000 words.
Most of my reviews are of the third and fifth types.
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