I’ve met, read, and am working with Ward, and he is knowledgeable and intelligent. I highly recommend that ever reviewer read this essay. It is helpful and cogent. For me, it was also timely, as I have felt my reviews have lacked the quality I expect from myself.
“A critical essay assumes familiarity with the work in question — a book review assumes the opposite.”
“The primary element of a book review, then, comes down to the reviewer’s opinion of the book itself.”
“Above all, reviews are entertainment.”
“Reviewing is a way to engage with books in a more alert, more critical, and more substantial way.”