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sowmyakc_sridharan

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How best to review a book?
« on: December 16, 2011, 07:39 AM »
Some books really hoodwink me, and I want to write a review which will help transcend my experience to other readers.
But often I am at a dilemma on how best to pen my ideas.

How do we capture the essence of a book without revealing crucial plots?
How to hook other readers into reading that book, and how to explain characters better?

Fellow readers,
If you have any suggestions, please reply to this topic 
:)


Cheers,
Sowmya
 

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Re: How best to review a book?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2011, 04:06 AM »
First of all, you should check the Book Review guidelines. Then you need to type what you want to post. From personal experience, you might not get enough but it helps if you keep the book near too so you can remind yourself what things are you forgetting.
As for not spoiling the plot, try to move around it. As if a character dies, present it as '... where fate deals a dark hand at one of the characters. ..." It doesn't matter if it sounds too revealing because since you have already read it, you know what it means.
As for getting others interested, try expressing why you like the book and what you think will appeal others.
As for explaining characters, I am not much help but will say that you present them as someone everyone can identify themselves as (or can be lured by the mysterious description.)

Best of luck,
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sowmyakc_sridharan

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Re: How best to review a book?
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2012, 06:38 AM »
Thank you Aquarise!
Happy new year  :)
 

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