Novel Ideas (of Novels? How Novel!)

Novels (and the people who pen them) are greatly assisted by the power of a well-written review, something that I’ve found many people just “don’t have the time” to do! All the prolific readers in my life admit to rarely–if ever–penning a review to something they’ve read, good or bad. Devices like e-readers make it easy enough to rate a book (I know from experience that at the end of a book, Kindle asks you to rate it out of five stars), and that’s easy enough to do for some. But it can be terribly misleading. A simple, innocent example: someone reads a book expecting werewolves, only to find none. BAM, low star rating, even if it was their misunderstanding. It does not review the actual content of the book, but it certainly damages its score. So I’ve learned to peruse written reviews (particularly long ones!) to see what people take away from something. These reviews hold more water. To that point, I’ve written three reviews previously on this site, and they are being moved to this location to archive them for easier viewing. Take what you will from them; I hope they at least spark some thoughts worth having~


Adams, Douglas: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Baker, KellyThe Waters of Nyra: Volume I

Baker, KellyThe Waters of Nyra: Volume II

Cawthon, Scott; Breed-Wrisley, KiraFive Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes

Crichton, MichaelJurassic Park

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Adventure of the Speckled Band

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Dancing Men

Doyle, Sir Arthur ConanThe Empty House

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Final Problem

Doyle, Sir Arthur ConanThe Five Orange Pips

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Doyle, Sir Arthur ConanThe Man with the Twisted Lip

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Musgrave Ritual

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Priory School

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Red-headed League

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Reigate Squires

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: Silver Blaze

Jackson, ShirleyThe Lottery and Other Stories

Jackson, Shirley: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Rowling, J. K.: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Rowling, J. K.: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Stoker, BramDracula

Watson, TomEmber of a New World


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