What is the purpose of a book review? And are book reviewers writing anything useful?


Michelle Kerns has been experiencing something of a book review epiphany (or, as fellow Simpson fans will appreciate, an epipha-tree). After compiling my list of the top 20 most annoying book reviewer clich├ęs she indulged her self by surfing about the Internet in search of fellow book reviewers in thrall to reviewerspeak. The shocker came when she realized at least 95% of the reviews don't say anything useful at all.


that's the only peeve I can think of right now... that something resonates...
if only more reviewers would use "a zany, madcap romp" to review things (preferably non-fiction), I would purchase them enthusiastically.