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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Weekend Discussion: Flash Reviews

I've gotten a small pile of books in over the past couple of months or so that I wouldn't normally read.  They're also the kind of books I don't usually review on JRT, but I have a good working relationship with this publisher and don't want to disappoint.

I may have a solution.

Some of you may be interested in these books, despite the fact that they are not "speculative fiction" or the type of literature I am used to (and prefer) to read.  Since it's my hobby here to provide you with my honest opinion of books in the hope that you read, and then recommend your friends read them, why not do something a little different to celebrate the unique quality of these books?

I present to you: FLASH REVIEWS!

Flash reviews would be shorter reviews, perhaps 2 per post, of a book received for review that I'm curious about but normally don't cover--nor will I make a habit of covering--on JRT.  This is an exception I'm more than happy to provide since I love this publishing company so much.

How many of you would be interested in such a feature?

The books up for discussion are as follows:

Daughters of Fortune by Tara Hyland
If I Grow Up by Todd Strasser
Suspicion by Kate Brian
My Single Friend by Jane Costello

I'm making this decision in part with your help because I want it to be clear the reason I'm not making a habit of changing my review policies is simple.  I've started to establish the sort of readers that are attracted to my blog.  I do not want to disappoint a future audience by misleading them if they return and discover I don't continually review Chick Lit or non-SF/F YA titles.  Flash reviews seem the best way to get my thoughts out and share these books with you!

Let me know what you think in the comments. :)

An extra note: Terribly sorry this post isn't a review!  Like the Jawas mentioned earlier in the week, I'm in the process of reorganizing my reading schedule and so, have taken a bit of a breather to rejuvenate the way I review.

5 comments:

emma said...

Sounds fine to me :)

TJ said...

Personally, I prefer medium-length/longer reviews, but that's just my vote. :)

Then again, none of the titles really sound interesting to me, so I probably wouldn't end minding if you 'flash reviewed' them. :P

Erika said...

@emma: Fantastic!

@TJ: That's the same line of thought I took when deciding. It'll also be a testament to how well I can review them in less than half the number of words. ;)

Barbara E. said...

I think flash reviews are a great compromise, and should satisfy publisher and reader as well.

Erika said...

@Barbara: Thank you for the input, I agree. :)

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