On Other Blogs #27

Penni Russon, author of Undine, and curator of the "Eglantine's Cake" weblog, comments on a rather harsh review her novel has received on the Amazon site. This is normally not a good thing to do, but Russon looks at the review objectively and comes to some quite reasonable conclusions about it.

And from the other side of the equation, Pavlov's Cat writes about reactions she has received to reviews she has written. As PC puts it, authors cannot take reviews personally. The aim of any reviewer is, or should be, to examine the book not the author. If a personal attack is involved (such as the classic case from Europe earlier this year where a critic wrote a scathing review of a novel that hadn't even been published purely because he had "issues" with the author) then you've still got to keep quiet. In PC's case I'm sure there was nothing personal in the review. She either thought the book was well-written and successful, or not. Russon's critique of her review wasn't based on a personal attack either, but on the woolly-headed thought behind the review. She is disappointed the reviewer didn't understand what she was trying to do in her novel, and who wanted to read a book she basically didn't write. She handled the approach perfectly.

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