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    Writing Book Reviews

    Even though Book Reviews section of the Forum is for the casual perusal of our own users and reviews posted are not necessarily expected to be of academic standards, it is both desirable and requested that the reviews included follow a general outline and be as informative as possible.

    While searching the web, trying to find more information on the subject, I came across Dalhouise Library's site, which included a nice how-to guide:
    Minimum Essentials of a Book Review

    1. Description, not a summary, of the book. Sufficient description should be given so that the reader, as he reads the review, will have some understanding of the author's thoughts. This account of the contents of a book can often be woven into the critical remarks.

    2. Something about, not a biography of, the author. Biographical information should be relevant to the subject of the review and enhance the reader's understanding of the work under discussion.

    3. An appraisal, preferably indirect, through description and exposition and based on the aims and purposes of the author. While a critical review is a statement of opinion, it must be a considered judgement including:

    - a statement of the reviewer's understanding of the author's purpose
    - how well the reviewer feels the author's purpose has been achieved
    - evidence to support the reviewer's judgement of the author' achievement.
    http://www.library.dal.ca/how/bookrev.htm

    As well as your scoring, you can also add the universal poll to your reviews, which consists of the options (please do not worry if you forget; one of our Moderators will do it later on) :

    * A bookworm's nightmare!
    ** Take a nap instead!
    *** Finished but no reason to skip meals.
    **** Don't forget to unplug the phone for this one!
    ***** A bookworm's bibliophilic dream!

    Thanks to everyone who take the time to share their thoughts and feelings on the books they have been reading!

    Happy posting, happy reviewing!
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    ok i will make a review and reply then

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    This sounds fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scheherazade View Post
    Even though Book Reviews section of the Forum is for the casual perusal of our own users and reviews posted are not necessarily expected to be of academic standards, it is both desirable and requested that the reviews included follow a general outline and be as informative as possible.

    While searching the web, trying to find more information on the subject, I came across Dalhouise Library's site, which included a nice how-to guide:http://www.library.dal.ca/how/bookrev.htm

    As well as your scoring, you can also add the universal poll to your reviews, which consists of the options (please do not worry if you forget; one of our Moderators will do it later on) :

    * A bookworm's nightmare!
    ** Take a nap instead!
    *** Finished but no reason to skip meals.
    **** Don't forget to unplug the phone for this one!
    ***** A bookworm's bibliophilic dream!

    Thanks to everyone who take the time to share their thoughts and feelings on the books they have been reading!

    Happy posting, happy reviewing!
    Scher, good suggestion. I just checked out your thread and it looks really good and should be interesting; you did a good job laying out the outlines and format for us. I am super busy right now, and going out tonight, but I will do my best and see what I can come up with. I have read nearly all the novels by Lawrence, so I could do a great portion of his work. It would take time, but I am willing to try. I can't promise a start this week or next, but will try and write some things offline to post eventually. Thanks for the suggestion. Did you see how many threads I got myself into already? I am amazing myself. But sadly I have neglected a few and I still have to start my blog and another 'book illustration' thread I wished to begin. I will get there though - the new computer makes it faster and easier to post.

    Wow, I think the new upgrade to the system is really drawing newcomers, don't you? I am glad to see it.
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    Many thanks for the thread

    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    even though book reviews section of the forum is for the casual perusal of our own users and reviews posted are not necessarily expected to be of academic standards, it is both desirable and requested that the reviews included follow a general outline and be as informative as possible.

    While searching the web, trying to find more information on the subject, i came across dalhouise library's site, which included a nice how-to guide:http://www.library.dal.ca/how/bookrev.htm

    as well as your scoring, you can also add the universal poll to your reviews, which consists of the options (please do not worry if you forget; one of our moderators will do it later on) :

    * a bookworm's nightmare!
    ** take a nap instead!
    *** finished but no reason to skip meals.
    **** don't forget to unplug the phone for this one!
    ***** a bookworm's bibliophilic dream!

    thanks to everyone who take the time to share their thoughts and feelings on the books they have been reading!

    happy posting, happy reviewing!
    felicitations

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    Is it okay to post a review that was already posted on Amazon? I've got a few there that I'd like for others to comment on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Insane4twain View Post
    Is it okay to post a review that was already posted on Amazon? I've got a few there that I'd like for others to comment on.
    I don't see any reason not to as long as you cite the the name of the poster on Amazon, since there's no way to verify if it's really "you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Insane4twain View Post
    Is it okay to post a review that was already posted on Amazon? I've got a few there that I'd like for others to comment on.
    I thought the thread was intended for reviews by members of LitNet. I would check with the moderators before going ahead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emil Miller View Post
    I thought the thread was intended for reviews by members of LitNet. I would check with the moderators before going ahead.
    I'm posting here. Doesn't that mean I'm a member?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Insane4twain View Post
    I'm posting here. Doesn't that mean I'm a member?
    Of course, but you are not posting a review. If anyone wants to read reviews of non members, they need only go to Amazon and do so. The point of LitNet's review slot is that we can each read reviews by members.
    That's my reading of it anyway.
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    I am a moderator. Emil Miller is correct.
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    But if he is a member, and being a member has written a review on Amazon, couldn't he also post it here?

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    I don't see why not, MM. When I first read his post I thoght he was just going to provide a link to reviews he found on Amazon.

    Can he not post the review here as well? I would prefer that to a link.
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    Thanks for the information. It's of great help to me!

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    Simple but yet informative & interesting...I'll try it very soon

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