Howard McEwen

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Book Reviews

A list of my book reviews can be found in my blog’s Book Reviews category link here.

I try to use John Updikes first rule for book reviews: “Try to understand what the author wished to do, and do not blame him for not achieving what he did not attempt.” I’m not going to read 50 Shades and fault it’s literary merits, for example.

After that, I just write whatever my gut reaction was or whatever is top of mind to me at the moment I’m writing a review. I write these to better learn what I like. The reviews are also a diary. Over the years, I’ve read and re-read novels and books and they stay the same but the reader doesn’t. The same book is different at 23, 33 or 43.

I hope you find them useful.

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