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Mean Book Reviews

The Curious Case of Criticism

Marty Kaplan | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Marty Kaplan

Reviews throw a spotlight on work we might ignore, and they can embed that work in a context and tradition we might only dimly be aware of. The problem is that reviews also function as commodities.

Don't Be Held Hostage By Reviewers

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.10.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Wannabe authors imagine that once they get published, life will be glorious. That's because they haven't thought much about bad reviews. Every author gets them, and sometimes they're crushing.

Which Book Received The Meanest Review Of The Year?

AP | Posted 02.07.2012 | Books

LONDON -- A critic who accused a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist of scattering literary allusions like "tin cans tied to a tricycle" has won a prize f...

Huffington Post Readers' Picks

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In our article The 5 Meanest Reviews Ever, we asked you for some of your own personal favorite venomous reviews. You responded, telling us about revi...

5 Meanest Book Reviews Ever

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It has been said that any publicity is good publicity. But when someone describes your writing as "like reading a bad newspaper or a bad piece in a ma...