Public Service Announcement
It is a truth universally acknowledged that published writers crave readers, and it is almost as widely accepted that four and five star book reviews aid their acquisition. Whilst it is customary for reviewers to be drawn from the ranks of previous readers, this imposes an artificial and wholly unnecessary constraint on review production. For example, when my seminal work, The Spirit Of The Age was first published, it had but a single review on-line, and I’d written it myself (with Goodreads’ blessing, I should add. I registered the book and it insisted I reviewed it).
Elsewhere on the Internet plagiarism has been re-branded as ‘Mash-up’ and the voice of experience is under attack e.g. Michael Gove’s “The British People have had enough of experts”, the climate-change deniers and the credence given by many to ‘anti-vaxxers’. Why should literary reviews be any different? Thus I offer the following ‘fill-in the blanks’ generic 5 star review as a public service to writers, independent or otherwise, everywhere. Wannabe reviewers, disseminate it further as your own work with my blessing!
A New Star Has Risen In The Firmament – 5 out of 5 stars
(Choose author, e.g. David Melville Edwards
(first,latest) novel (insert name of novel and link to buy here) takes
the (choose most appropriate genre based on jacket blurb, e.g. fish out
of water, urban fantasy, magical realism, gritty police procedural,
paranormal romance, comedy of manners, erotic romance) genre and turns
it on its head. Likeable characters, taut writing and tight plotting
kept me turning pages, living vicariously through their triumphs and
disasters. I laughed out loud at some of their antics and the scenarios,
then I cried when (tragedy struck, or choose an invented scenario using
character names from the jacket blurb; remember, neither you nor the
future reader have yet read the book). Make no mistake, this book has an
I loved (delete according to taste: Harry Potter, Twilight
Saga, Peter Grant, Cancer Ward, War and Peace) and feel sure that this
book will appeal to other fans. Highly recommended!