Monday, August 13, 2012
A negative book review
"I have read your climate novel and it is one
of the worst books I've come
across this year. As you typed in your email to me, with a question mark, perhaps a typo, but there never the less, -- "the book is
IMPORTANT?" -- I agree wholeheartedly sir, with that question mark.!!!!
Your characters are one-dimensional, the dialogue is stilted and often
unintentionally hilarious, the situations are merely a series of cliches
derived from any number of other "end of the world" stories. There is
little about the book that appears to be truly original, or is presented
with any sort of literary skill beyond the most rudimentary -- the book's "Prologue" is so ham-fisted and clumsy that it's almost funny.
I understand your personal stake in this book, as you are deeply invested it seems in the "ideas" in it. But that is all that it is
-- a single vague idea, and not a terribly original nor a very carefully
considered at that, about a single eventuality that might be
extrapolated from the science and speculation that surrounds the topic
of global climate change, that has been churned into a slapdash series
of anecdotes about uninteresting characters and there unimaginative
Perhaps there is a decent work of fiction that could be crafted from
this little idea of yours. And if you and your publisher (and editor, if you even HAD one!) are pleased with
the results of your efforts in writing a novel that nobody will read, then, really,
that's all that matters.''
END OF REVIEW by a mean and cruel and insenstive US newspaper book reviewer
Posted by DANIELBLOOM at 8:31 PM