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Arcfinity - We're reading BARRICADE by Jon Wallace
"There’s a general principle of book reviewing, set out originally by, I believe, Cyril Connolly. He advised reviewers that they should write for the reader when reviewing a book they like, but if they dislike it they should address the author instead. This creates a distinction between a public recommendation, which pleases the author and possibly makes readers interested, and a more personal discourse intended for the author, but which is likely to be discouraging and disappointing... Well then, Mr Wallace, what are we to say to each other in this semi-public place?" Oh boy. Christopher Priest really hated this book (and his argument seems reasonable, to be honest.)
sf  writing  criticism  christopherpriest 
june 2014 by infovore
Holy Cows | Christopher Priest, author
An excellent post by Priest on lists, and canons, and why you sometimes share your own. Also, strikingly, so much of this is the sf I have grown to love as an adult - the Le Guin, the Pohl, the Dick, and especially the Roberts. You make the list to stop it becoming sacred.
sf  books  lists  christopherpriest 
february 2013 by infovore

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