bad book reviews
Today we began a new segment in Las Vegas Weekly: Books I Couldn't Finish. Here's the mini-manifesto that ran with my review of the Andre the Giant bio:
Life is too short to waste on crap. So, when I find myself 100 pages into a crappy book, I put it down and pick up another one. I’m not alone; lots of book reviewers abandon crappy books mid-story. That’s one of the two reasons so many crappy books go unreviewed in magazines like Entertainment Weekly and People. (The other is that many arts and entertainment editors—not ours!—prefer to spend what little book space they’re allotted discussing books they can actually recommend.)
In our new segment, “Books I Couldn’t Finish,” we’re going to tell you how many pages we got through and why we couldn’t get through any more. We’re just not going to tell you why these books don’t work “on the whole.” Because we don’t know. We didn’t get that far.