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Bill Ward on the How and Why of Writing Book Reviews

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.”