Sunday, March 25, 2012

Some merit perhaps …

… but not much: Plot summary or review? | Petrona.

I ran quite a few of Maxine's reviews when I was the The Inquirer's book-review editor. I did not find them to be mere plot summaries. Reviewing crime fiction requires a focus on plot, and what you can always get from Maxine's reviews is some sense as to whether you might want to read the book under review. I suspect the complaint came from someone who thinks reviews have more to do with the reviewer's thoughts and feelings than what the book being reviewed is about.

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