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January 29, 2008



Why don't you shut up?

De Scribe

I tend to agree, David. And yes, I don't manage it most times either - my review of Martin Amis' Night Train is perhaps a good example of what a good review is not.

Barry Eisler

Hey, what are you doing slumming on *that* message board?


Clea Simon

At the very least, we can give prospective readers a feel for the book, both content and writing, and help them decide if they're interested in pursuing it. I know, I know, we don't set out to write "buyer's guides," but it's the least we can do.

Cameron Hughes

I only do good reviews when my corporate masters compensate me well.


David J. Montgomery

Clea, I think that's right, and that's what I do most of the time -- the book review as buyer's guide.


I love how Monty refers to Barry Eisler's place as "a message board."

Sort of like driving a Ferrari F40, then saying you drove "a car."

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David J. Montgomery is a writer and critic specializing in books and publishing. He is an emeritus columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Beast, and has also written for USA Today, the Washington Post, and other fine publications. A former professor of History, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two daughters.

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