Examples of Book Review

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Example of Book Review
The Ka, a novel

An example of book review writing can be found listed with most books sold on the Net and on the writer’s Web sites.

A good sample book review would pertain to writing your personal feelings about a book that you’ve read. Writing a book review is not to be confused with writing a summary of a book. Writing a summary is a totally different matter and that will be covered eventually in my Articles section. In my opinion, no real format exists for writing book reviews. Writing help may not be needed. An example of book review variations is shown below. Some rules do apply, however, and you will see that they are loose and easy to apply. On this page, you will find reviews pertaining to my paranormal Egyptian fantasy novel, The Ka. You can also… Read and analyze the first chapter of The Ka.

Read and analyze the lengthy character list for The Ka.

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Some Dos and Don’ts
of Writing Book Reviews
Do ~

State how you feel about the story overall.
Did you get emotionally involved?
(Sample: I cried at the ending. What happens to the main character is something I can easily relate to.) Point out what you liked about the plot.
The setting. The season. Time period. The writer’s ability. Anything that moved you. (Sample: The descriptions of the costumes during the time period came alive for me.) Talk about your favorite character.

Do you love a certain character or were they the type you love to hate? (Sample: The villain in this story was so real, I couldn’t help hating him.) Tell if the author writes a great tale.
Have you read this author before? Would again?
(Sample: This story was fantastic from beginning to end. Really breathtaking. I’ll definitely check out this author’s next book.) Be careful what you say.
Comment on the book, not the writer.
(Sample: This was an interesting book, but not what I expected from this great writer.) Recommend the book.
Of course, a positive review is the best recommendation.
(Sample: Without reservation, I heartily recommend this book.) Be honest.
If the book or story moves you, write an honest review.
(Sample: I read the story twice. It really fills me with hope for the characters.) _______________
Don’t ~

Excessively criticize
Some criticism can’t be helped. Make it constructive criticism, if you must. (Sample of constructive criticism: The setting for this story was perfect. But I really wish more of the history of the time period could have been included.) Write about how the book offended you.

If it did, why didn’t you simply stop reading it?
(Sample of a bad review: This story went against my religious principles.) Plan vengeance and retaliation.
If you’re sorry you bought the book, resell it on Amazon, Alibris, or any other place on the Internet, even your own local used book shops. (Sample of bad review: I hate this story. I want my money back.) Ever make negative comments about the writer.

It’s okay to say that you felt the writer didn’t get their point across, or could have more thoroughly described the characters, comments like that. (Sample of a bad review: The writer is an idiot who knows nothing about the topic.)

Your personality shows magnificently in what you say when you write book reviews. When writing derogatory remarks, you could end up accomplishing nothing more than making yourself look ridiculous. Some great examples of book reviews can be found at Book Town in author/reviewer Susan's Whitfield's column.

Visit Book Town

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That said, let’s get back to the example of book review data that I’ve compiled for you. I’ve brought together some of the reviews I have received personally and a few from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others I received after traveling on book signing tours. Before The Ka was published, I received several reviews from people who read the manuscript. Two are included here. You can also see a sample book review or two (or...
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