Negative Reviews

I was inspired to write this after reading a couple of intriguing posts about negative reviews by Re-enchantment Of The World and Weighing A Pig Doesn’t Fatten It. Clicking on the links will take you to each post. Please read the comments, too, as there are some great points brought up there.

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Thinking over the past year of blogging book reviews, I’m pressed to remember a truly negative review I posted. I was disappointed with Stephen King’s IT because I thought it was overlong and suffered from King’s tendency to waffle. Also, it was surprisingly dull in parts and had me almost skipping pages. Despite these flaws, I still rated it 2 stars. Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation wasn’t a great read for me either, but I initially gave it 3 stars, mainly because I liked the weird atmosphere and some of the writing style. After thinking more about it, I’ve amended that rating to 2 stars. But if you follow the Goodreads rating system, “2 stars” means the book was “okay.” Is “okay” a negative review? Not really.

I don’t consciously follow the Goodreads system, but I guess it has kind of seeped into my own thoughts on rating books. For me, “2 stars” means I was disappointed with the book. It wasn’t “1 star” terrible, but there were factors which prevented it from being an enjoyable read. Obviously this is subjective to me and my tastes. My “3 stars” means I enjoyed the book but wouldn’t recommend it to a friend unless they were a big fan of the author. It also means that I probably wouldn’t seek out more by the same author. My “4 stars” means I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to a friend if I thought it matched their tastes. I’d be very likely to read more by this author. Finally, my “5 stars” means that as well as really enjoying the book, there was something extra which really worked for me or impressed me about it. I would certainly recommend it to a friend and I would definitely read more by the same author. I don’t often hand out 5 star ratings, so it needs to be something special to garner those full fathom five stars.

Having just checked on Goodreads, in 2020 I rated only four books “5 stars”: The Fellowship of the Ring; Dune; The Stand; and A Christmas Carol. Interestingly, three of those were rereads. Next, a surprising forty-seven books “4 stars”. Following on, I rated twenty-one books “3 stars”, eight books “2 stars”, and nothing “1 star”. My average rating was 3.6 stars. And it appears that “4 stars” is my most popular rating, which has surprised me. I thought I handed out more “3 stars” than 4s.

I’ve never posted a “DNF review.” There was one book I DNF’d last year after reading 150 pages. It was Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. I might post a review of it this year. In fact, I may pick it up again and finish reading it, especially after Piotrek’s recent review over at Re-enchantment Of The World. I don’t know, though. I’m not really sure why, but I’ve always thought that I shouldn’t review a book I didn’t finish–like, if I did, I was breaking some kind of review-etiquette. What do you think? Is it okay to publish a review of something you didn’t finish reading?

One of the reasons I don’t post negative reviews is because of the books I choose to read. At this stage in my life, I usually base a lot of my reading choices on books that my friends and blogging buddies have recommended and which sound appealing to me based on their reviews. Or I select books by author’s whose work I’ve already read and enjoyed in the past. I can generally predict which books will work well for me based on these factors. This tends to keep me from picking up what I’d consider to be a badly written book.

Also, I don’t read ARCs anymore. I used to be a member of NetGalley and I would sometimes request advanced reading copies of books that interested me. After they changed their request policy, and because of my location in Japan, I could no longer receive ARCs written in English by authors I wanted to read. At first, this was disappointing because it prevented me from reading something brand new and unpublished by an author I liked. But with hindsight I believe this has turned out to be a good thing because, as we all know, there are so many great books to read and so little relative time to read them.

And finally, thanks again to Borgmans over at Weighing A Pig Doesn’t Fatten It for reminding me of the classic Sturgeon’s Law: “ninety percent of everything is crap.” Even though I may sometimes worry that I am missing out on a lot of good new books, the majority of them will probably follow old Sturgeon’s Law anyway.

What do you think? What is your approach to negative reviews?

Thanks for reading!

52 thoughts on “Negative Reviews

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Wakizashi! 😀

    I actually did write a negative review of a book I DNFed: https://reenchantmentoftheworld.blog/2019/09/17/charles-a-fletcher-a-boy-and-his-dog-at-the-end-of-the-world-2019/.
    This book infuriated me like few others, and almost caused a reading slump ;).

    I feel like NG is a more of a disappointment right now than a privilege – I believe that Bart is right citing Sturgeon’s Law, and it applies to new books especially 😉

    As to the negative reviews, I am of the opinion that constructive negative reviews are simply necessary. I don’t have to agree with them, but I want to read them and form an informed opinion. They are a public service of sorts – in a world where everyone is subject, willingly or not, to a form of thought policing and trying to be “nice” always and thinking of the authors’ feelings (and I did my fair share of it and didn’t review even half of the bad books I’ve read ;)) I feel that we need to write constructive negative reviews so that the reading field is more level and that we can actually do our bit in working towards proving Sturgeon’s Law false. How one can improve if nobody tells them they need to improve?

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    • You are welcome. 😀 I will have a look at your review, thanks.

      Yes, your point about “constructive negative reviews” is a good one and an important one. If we are going to write a negative review, it needs to be constructive. I really dislike those 1 star reviews on certain sites which contain just one or two words like “terrible”, or the vomit-inducing “ugh” or “just no”, with no reasons given as to why the reviewer didn’t like the book. That’s just lazy and pretty rude, to be honest. As you say, even if we don’t agree with the review, it’s always useful to read them and listen to other points of view.

      I haven’t written a particularly scathing review since I don’t know when. In my few negative reviews, I always make an effort to point out the reasons why I didn’t enjoy the book. I think that is fair. I can only imagine how upsetting it may be to an author when they read a negative review of their work. So it is only fair to offer constructive criticism and explain why you didn’t like the book.

      I’ve noticed this seeming trend of awarding top marks to almost all new content in the comic book world, too. https://comicbookroundup.com/ is a useful site for reviews but you should see some of the “critics’s” reviews. Wow, everything gets 10 out of 10! I usually skip any “official” critic’s reviews and go straight to the actual reader’s reviews.

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      • Same here, with movies and books alike; I feel like “official” critics are often being completely removed from the world of the common readers/viewers like us. The concept of “mainstream” in general seems suspicious to me; we have a saying in Polish (rough translation): “if something is good for everything it’s good for nothing.” And I think it can also be applied to people, as in “if something is (claimed to be) good/suitable for everyone it’s good for no one.” “Mainstream” is just a very big, convenient bag we’re all being pushed into.

        Yes to constructive criticism; I actually tend to spend more time on my negative reviews than on the positive ones – I always try to substantiate my opinion and explain where I am coming from. Simple “bleh” seems to me indeed hurtful and unfair.

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        • Authors reading reviews? Maybe at NYT or such large sites, but surely not at Reißwolf. I say no to educating authors by constructive criticism. I have my opinion on how a tale should be told, but that doesn’t mean that I want the author to know that or change the way they write.
          Now, I’ll contradict myself: There were two recent occasions where I communicated with the author. First was a YA novel of Mars where the author just didn’t check facts about atmospheric pressure – the outcome was that he said that he took liberties.

          The other book included lots of untranslated French sentences. I told the author that I simply don’t speak that language and they were important to understand the story (not atmospheric). I don’t know if he changed anything.

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          • Not to brag but to refute your argument: the Children of Time review was actually read by Tchaikovsky – we know because he made a comment on Twitter 😉 And we had some other reviews read by authors, too. Piotrek’s review was even quoted on a book cover (only the praise part ;)). Of course it’s a negligible amount, all things considered, but I’m of the opinion that even a small opportunity for change is better than none.

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          • You made it to my worship list 🤣
            I hope to live a little bit longer in my tiny, unnoticed world where I can condemn authors without worrying about their soul.

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          • Hahaha that made my day 😉

            No worries, I count both instances as work accidents 😛 But I do like to believe I’m not the only one reading and writing constructive negative reviews 😉

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          • R. Scott Bakker read my reviews of his book and crossposted one on his own blog page. That was cool. I also angered writer Michael R Fletcher for saying that he wrote edgy grimdark and he told me that he is not an edgelord. 😀

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          • My cover quote was rather funny, as it wasn’t an enthusiastic review… one might say it’s been taken out of context. Now I’m really suspicious whenever I see a praising quote on a cover 😉

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  2. I say DNF it! Let the world know. What makes it fun to read is to stick humor in all around it. Roast the author while still being respectful. I think all these things are possible. I DNF’d Neuromancer by William Gibson and bashed the cover art, vowing only to read it and finish it if I was locked in a room with it alone and absolutely nothing else to do. It would be worth it, only then. Ha ha.

    I was kinda looking forward to finding some indie books to DNF. These authors need pressure, just like the rest of us and they DESERVE to know about it on the off chance they will get around to reading it.

    Hell, what’s the possiblity they improve over it? 🤠

    That’s what I think!

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    • Thanks S.D. DNF and review it? Perhaps I will.

      I remember reading that you really dislike Neuromancer. I’ve enjoyed it more each time I’ve revisited it. 😎 I am a big fan of Gibson and have just finished rereading Virtual Light (1993). It blew me away, again! Loved it. But I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who didn’t like Neuromancer.

      I don’t enjoy DNFing books. I do my best to keep reading to the end and it is rare for me to quit. But sometimes you just have to. As an indie author yourself, how do you deal with harsh reviews?

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  3. I think it is perfectly valid to write a review about a book you DNF, as long as the review explains that you DNF it and most especially WHY. The review describes your experience with the book and if that experience is so bad that you couldn’t continue, then that is valid and the review can be based on that. I think there are no real rules about reviewing, only those that we make as a community.

    My rating works differently from yours. One day I will post some statistics about my ratings, that would be fun!

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    • Thanks for your reply! That’s good to know. 😀 I agree, the “WHY” is very important to any negative review. I’m curious to know your rating system. I’m not the biggest fan of assigning numbers to a book rating, but I guess it’s the simplest way to show if you enjoyed it or not.

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  4. I don’t remember if I wrote about it in my text, but as you hint at, Goodreads’ rating system is skewed to the positive. It only has 1 negative category out of 5. That results in books getting more stars. I use their rating on their site, that’s only fair to other users, but on LibraryThing or WOW I’m harsher with stars.

    Life is too short to finish every book you start, I’d say.

    Thanks for the link!

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  5. You already know that I don’t shy away from reviewing DNFs or giving 1 stars. I’m a grumpy old man with a high bar that books have to jump over.
    When I started reviewing (in the 80s), I took the distanced, analytical stance. Now, I bring more of myself into the reviews. Which also means that it can read undiplomatic („German directness“).
    Sometimes, I recommend 3 stars which means I liked it. There’s nothing wrong with liking a book, and my average is slightly above 3 stars.

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  6. This is why I created a “Star Ratings Explained” page and have the link at the top of the page. I still revisit it once or twice a year to keep myself on track 🙂

    I also wrote about what I thought on DNFing and one stars:
    https://bookstooge.com/2018/08/04/psa-honesty-and-book-reviewing/

    I have a very strong opinion on that subject so I’ll let the link speak for itself.

    As for LT, I use it and am in one group called the green dragon. LT is more of a backup than anything, as I’ve gotten into fights with somebody in every group I’ve tried to be a part of there too. sigh….

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  7. Not being a book blogger I don’t know that my opinions are as useful as others, but I certainly don’t see any problem with rating and reviewing a book you didn’t finish. It might be helpful for others to know you didn’t finish it and, as Jeroen said, why you didn’t finish it. Perhaps that could help save them some time. I also don’t have any problems with negative reviews when they’re done in a constructive manner. I see too many times when it appears folks thrive on writing scathing negative reviews, coming up with more and more creative ways to eviscerate an author. I quickly get bored with that and move on. If that makes them happy, hey, I wish them all the best, and some folks find that entertaining, but I don’t and choose not to waste my time there. But a constructive negative review can be very useful even if I don’t agree with all of it. It’s great reading others opinions and trying to see the world through their perspective.

    Like you I hate not finishing a book. And it’s taken me a long time to convince myself I SHOULD not finish books if they’re not working for me. There’s just too many other books out there I might enjoy more and a limited amount of time to read them. Yes, it’s possible I might miss something great, where a book turns around and vidicates itself after I quit, but past history where I did slog on and finish the book shows the odds of that are likely small enough I shouldn’t worry about it. All that said, I still find it very difficult to not finish.

    I do enjoy getting ARCs, at least for now. They give me the chance to try something I might never have read otherwise. I’ve found some great authors that way, but I’ve also slogged through some I didn’t care as much for, so there’s bad with the good. I try to be selective to increase my chances of enjoying them. Right now I get them through giveaways versus places like NetGalley, not that it makes much difference. Thankfully, I’m the sort who does tend to enjoy, at least to some degree, most of what I read. I’m hopeful I don’t lose that, I’d hate to start hating more of what I read.

    Interesting topic, and one sure to stir up some strong opinions. I’ve enjoyed reading both the post and the different opinions in the comments.

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    • Most people don’t think their opinion matters as much as anyone else’s. Being a blogger doesn’t matter. It just means that you share your opinions more often. Personally, I just find my reviews to be mostly nonsensical rants. I agree with the rest of your points, especially rating and reviewing a book you don’t finish. I just generally don’t do it. Because… tradition?

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    • Thanks Todd. I enjoyed reading your thoughtful comment, and all the comments, too. Like you, I tend to enjoy most of the things I read. Also, I think our reading choices have a lot to do with our enjoyment of books. Unless we are trying a new-to-us author or a debut novel, we are very likely to choose something we expect to enjoy. This results in generally positive reviews overall, unless the book is a major disappointment.

      My decision to stop reading ARCs has probably kept a lot of potentially negative reviews at bay. Although, when I was using NetGalley a few years back, I limited my requests to authors I liked, so almost all of the ARCs I read were positive reading experiences.

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  8. I don’t review or rate my DNFs either. Partly I’ve always thought that the whole thing could turn right around in the space of a chapter or two and I don’t want to do it a disservice. Moreover, I just don’t want to waste anymore time on it. I don’t post many negative reviews either, but occasionally I’ll power through a book (usually an ARC) and end up not liking it. But mostly I just stop reading things that I don’t like. I used to HATE DNFing things, but as I’ve been blogging longer and getting more ARCs, I just don’t have time to power through every book that I don’t like. And I’ve stopped feeling like it’s a good use of my free time.

    I’m a firm believer in using more than just 1-5 stars to rate a book. I really like going with a 4.1 or 3.7 or something based on how I liked it compared to some other book. Or you could go with the 10 star rating like Re-Enchantment deploys.

    NetGalley hasn’t totally changed, but you can now request books from wherever, no matter where you’re located. Some publishers won’t grant them, but others will. For example, I’m based in the US, so Little Brown UK and others won’t give to me. But some others like Head of Zeus, Solaris, and Hodder & Stoughton generally don’t seem to care. I regularly get books from those last two, even.

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    • Thanks for commenting, Will. I was the same with not wanting to DNF anything. I’m an optimistic reader and so, like you, I would keep on reading in the hope that things would improve. I’ve stopped doing that now. Like you say, I don’t have the time to keep reading something I’m not enjoying. There are always much better books out there.

      Yeah, using only 1 to 5 stars is limiting. I’m thinking of changing my ratings. I didn’t use to bother with a “star” rating, but I guess it makes it easier for casual readers to see what you thought of a book without reading your whole review. Not that I’m promoting such an approach!

      NetGalley did change for me, but I think that was because of my living in Japan. I’ve lived here since 2003 and I used to get approved for digital ARCs, but it stopped happening pretty much overnight. I can’t remember when exactly, but a couple of years ago, I think. Never mind. As I said, it leaves me more time to dig into the wealth of quality books that are already out there.

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      • I meant, I think it’s changed again. Not completely, but you might be able to get ARCs again from some places. If such a thing interests you.

        2003? Daaaang. My sister’s lived there since 2008 and it feels like forever.

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  9. Thanks for the shout-outs 🙂

    I also don’t follow the Goodreads system, only one negative rating is not enough for me. I’d say my interpretations of the GR stars is more or less same as yours. And I’m currently at 3.91 average (4.1 for books read in 2020!) which is high, but I choose to interpret it as a sign I choose my books well… although there are books I feel I rated to highly, as the time passes and I remember their faults better than what I liked.

    As to reviewing DNFs… I don’t DNF often, as I’m so great at selecting decent reads, see paragraph above 😉 but I wouldn’t hesitate to write a post about such a situation. I’d start with the fact that I did not finish, and say why. Blogging is not a job, we’re not obliged to follow some strict rules.

    I’ve mixed feelings about NetGalley and I’m in no hurry to go back there. There’s so much I know I’ll enjoy, why taking risks? I know there are authors who deserve more recognition than they get, but’s I’m not ready to sacrifice my free time on the off chance… moreover – Tchaikovsky or Gladstone, if they ever find my negative reviews, won’t be much affected. A newcomer usually needs help from someone with much better skills than my humble self. There are enough writers, and reviewers, what the world needs is more editors 🙂

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    • I think I have been a little too generous with my ratings over the last year. As I wrote in the post, I was really surprised to discover so many 4-star ratings 😮

      And thanks for the support regarding DNF “reviews”. You are right, this is not a job for us, so we should feel free to post what we want to.

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  10. I’ll post a negative review without hesitation if a book warrants it, Wakizashi, but I don’t merely slap a one-star rating on it — I offer a detailed rationale for why I disliked the work. In some respects, I give more thorough reviews to the books I don’t like than the ones I do! Case in point: I wrote an entire essay on Goodreads about why Ready Player One is one of the most evil novels ever written.

    I rarely resort to DNF, but when I do, I explain why. For instance, while I loved the premise of Enchantée, I acknowledged that I wasn’t the right audience for its YA-lit ambitions. With The Walking Dead, I’d been a fan of the TV show — for a few years, anyway — and thought it was time to finally check out the source material. I got halfway through the first volume before deciding I could no longer continue punishing myself with its shapeless plotting, nonexistent characterization, Frisbee-flat dialogue, and regressive gender politics.

    For all of It‘s breathtaking narrative ambition, I couldn’t help question if the novel absolutely needed to be nearly 1,500 pages! I wonder if it perhaps represents the author at the height of his commercial popularity and prodigious, coke-fueled creativity simply refusing to submit to any editorial input. As brilliant as it all is — and it certainly is the work of a singular creative mind — the sheer length of it smacks a bit of indulgence.​ The story wouldn’t have lost any of its effectiveness had it been shorter; it might’ve even been more potent if we weren’t quite so detail-overloaded by the time we reach the cosmic climax.

    I read Lovecraft Country when it first came out — long before the HBO adaptation — and the cover clearly stated A NEW NOVEL! So, I was completely thrown when a hundred pages into the book, the narrative segued into what seemed to be an entirely different story! And then seventy-five pages after that… another unrelated story! And that’s when I realized it wasn’t a novel at all, but a series of loosely interconnected novellas. Once I understood that, I went back to page one and read it with an entirely different set of expectations. (Still didn’t care much for it.) The publisher really did that book a disservice by marketing it as something it wasn’t.

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    • Thanks for your detailed comment, Sean, and the links you provided. I can appreciate how a constructive negative review can take more time to write than a regular one. I enjoyed reading your breakdowns of the books you linked to. Ready Player One was all surface sheen and little else. The book version of those popular nostalgia TV programs like “I Love the 80s.” (Did you have those in the States, too?) I loved your point about Halliday being an evil sociopath-all the things he could have done with his wealth and yet what he actually did.

      I read some of the later collections of The Walking Dead, but the comics never really blew me away like the first 2 or 3 seasons of the TV show. Like you, I came to the comics after watching the series. I’m surprised your GReads review didn’t provoke more outrage on the site.

      I think I would’ve enjoyed IT a lot more if I’d read it when I was a teenager. After all the hype and praise the book has garnered over the years, I was expecting a near masterpiece of horror fiction. Instead, I found it ridiculously overlong and bloated, even boring and annoying at times. Yes, there are some brilliant scary scenes in there, and most of the characters are fully fleshed out. I much preferred King’s The Stand, which I read at the end of 2020. I still need to finish my review and post it on here. I believe it’s King’s masterpiece, despite its length.

      Lovecraft Country was another book that was over-praised and over-hyped, in my opinion. For me, the way it approached the racism of Jim Crow America was heavy-handed and clumsy. This “message” became more important than the story or characters. After 150 pages, I’d had enough of being hit over the head with this message. I know racism is a terrible thing, I’m not an idiot. In Ruff’s book, every single white character–including the few children–was not only racist, but they wanted to MURDER every black character that crossed their paths. I’m not exaggerating! Now I don’t know much about these dark pages in history outside of what I’ve read in books or seen portrayed in films. I’m from the UK, and we’ve had our own struggles with bigotry and hatred. But is that what it was really like back then? All the white people living in a certain part of the US wanted to kill all the black people? Or was the author being satirical or ironic? Did I miss something? Yes, I know this is a work of fiction…

      Also, like you, I wasn’t a fan of the structure of this not-a-novel. It should have been marketed as a collection of stories, which is what it is. I found the writing formulaic and dull. The characters were flat and stereotypical beyond belief. It wasn’t scary. It wasn’t weird or eldritch. It wasn’t Lovecraft, despite the title. And whatever one may think of Lovecraft himself, many of his stories are a lot creepier and atmospheric than the tales in this book. Anyway, enough waffling from me. I’m turning into Stephen King!

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      • Ready Player One is superficially entertaining — it’s The Da Vinci Code for ’80s geeks/gamers, and I enjoyed it enough as I was reading it — but when you start to interrogate its ethos, you can’t help think (with a growing sense of dread) that it emblemizes everything that’s wrong with our culture of nostalgic manboys: Halliday (who came of age in the ’80s) is the personification of an entire generation (Gen X) that would rather live in a 1980s time capsule than deal with the (admittedly overwhelming) existential issues that are demanding to be addressed here in the 21st century. Once you understand that book for what it really is — pure nostalgic propaganda that rewards “Easter-egg hunting” — its message seems downright evil. (Yes, we did have I Love the ’80s here in the States!)

        I think perhaps one Goodreads user left a pithy comment on my review of The Walking Dead — “This is wrong” — but otherwise it hasn’t provoked more outrage, no. I suspect the feverish adoration of TWD has diminished considerably since the comic ended and the TV series was mostly abandoned by all but its most diehard fan base. It’s no longer the “It” show of the moment. Like Ready Player One, it’s another terrible, morally bankrupt story that conditions us to accept environmental destruction and ensuing societal collapse as not merely inevitable but preferable, because apocalypse absolves us from our burdensome civic obligations to one another.

        Agreed about King’s It: The novel is a marathon that sometimes seems like it is intentionally trying to wear down its readers. And I didn’t think the recent two-part movie adaptation was all that, either: The first one had its moments, but the second chapter had a “big scare” in literally every scene, to the point where I was expecting a jump scare all the time, so when one (invariably) happened, it didn’t provoke a reaction from me. The director didn’t know how to pace the movie — how to lull his viewers into complacency and then scare the s*** out of them when they least expected it. Like the novel, it was such a narrative onslaught, eventually I grew numb to it. (And the CGI didn’t help.)

        And you and I are in complete agreement re: Lovecraft Country. I never even watched the HBO miniseries because I was so underwhelmed by the source material.

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        • Harsh words about The Walking Dead! I’d never thought of it in those terms, but I can see what you are suggesting. You could argue that these kinds of “societal collapse” stories have been around for years. It used to be the threat of nuclear destruction, then it was plagues, more recently zombies. Ballard was writing about environmental collapse in the 1960s, to name just one author.

          Yes, I agree. The movie adaptation of IT started well but lost its way in part two. Jump scares are being overused in horror movies these days. It has become creatively lazy. What was the last good horror movie you saw?

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          • Sci-fi author David Brin calls the dystopian fiction of the mid-20th century — Nineteen Eighty-Four, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World — self-preventing prophecies, whereas apocalypse porn like Mad Max and The Walking Dead are merely, to use his words, “little-boy wish fantasies about running amok in a world without rules.” The Walking Dead is written with sublime commercial imagination — I’ll give it that — but zero moral imagination.

            I finally saw Jordan Peele’s Us recently and was floored by it. It’s the best kind of horror: thought-provoking and genuinely scary.

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  11. I agree with you totally. I’ve never posted reviews on Goodreads or Amazon ect, or tend to review books much on my blog (I usually do film, TV, and comic books). I sometimes have ARC’s of comic books from time to time. As a whole I tend to give a positive and focused opinion with constructive critique if needed. I don’t think its helpful or that pleasant to be scathingly negative though, even if you really didn’t like a book or film ect. As a writer and reviewer I believe we also have a responsibility to be respectful to people, I’m all for good debate or critique, but there’s never any excuse for just doing a hatchet job purely to get some hits and clicks out of it.

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    • Thanks for reading and commenting! I found your blog today via Bookstooge. I really enjoyed your review of the new Swamp Thing issue #1. It was a great start by Ram V and Mike Perkins, wasn’t it!

      Yes, I always try to be respectful and keep any negative criticism constructive. No clickbait on my little blog. 😉 I’m looking forward to having a proper look at your blog now I’ve found you. I do some comic book and graphic novel reviews from time to time, too.

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