Wednesday, March 23, 2011

John Irving's LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER and Reviews

I'm in the middle of reading LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER, by John Irving, and I wanted to talk about how I feel reaching the middle of the novel. I'll leave a rare amazon review (rare for me) when I'm finished, but I wanted to discuss something I think is important when buying books nowadays.

First, I'm a John Irving fan and have been for years. I read his first novel in college for a contemporary fiction class, and I've read everything he's written since then. And though I like some more than others, I've never been disappointed in the way he combines story with writing style. But more than that, I read his books slowly on purpose to keep them going because I don't want them to end.

And so far, while almost exactly in the middle of LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER, I've been completely captured by the story and the writing. It's classic John Irving and I don't want it to end.

I'll review it later on amazon, which is something I don't like doing mainly because I think there are already enough people reviewing books. They don't need my opinion as well. But I did want to make a point of saying that if you are thinking of purchasing this book...and if you're a fiction writer in any genre and you haven't read John Irving you damn well should be thinking about reading one of his books just to see how he handles certain situations, with regard to writing style and storyline...please read the reviews with caution. If I didn't know better and I read some of the negative reviews for LAST NIGHT IN TWISTER RIVER I might not have purchased the book.

But I do know better, and I know when a book review can be taken seriously and when it can't...good or bad. And this is an important skill to learn these days, whether you're reading amazon reviews, goodreads reviews, or the many so-called professional review blogs on the Internet. This is one of the reasons why I love and trust Elisa Rolle's review blog: I know she's passionate about books and reviews with her heart. And, unfortunately, it's also one of the reasons why I stay as far away as possible from another romance review blog without the love or the passion, which shall remain nameless. It's an interesting concept. You can tell when the love is there and when the reviewer or blogger is truly passionate about books. Just as you can tell when the reviewer is only doing to garner attention they normally never would have received before the Internet.

Here's an interview with Irving discussing LAST NIGHT IN TWISTED RIVER.

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