To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions:
- • What are you currently reading?
- • What did you recently finish reading?
- • What do you think you’ll read next?
Today I deviate from the standard meme.
What am I currently reading – easy, yesterdays Tuesday Teaser.
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss.
What did I finish reading? – DRECK. Terrible dreckishy dreckful dreck.
What did I finish reading? – DRECK. Terrible dreckishy dreck. A book (actually more than one piece of dreck, but the last one I read was dreckishy dreck) I offered to review.
A book that has a poor plot, clichéd villains, POV flip flops. No descriptions or descriptions that contradict.
The male dialogue usually ends with , ‘he sneered.
The young female police officer is always in trouble, has a temper and her boss doesn’t like her. So he assigns a 20 year veteran cop to keep her out of trouble while they investigate a vampire like killer.
No one believes in vampires. But it just happens that her partner is the vampire kingpin. That’s right – Kingpin.
She kills him (the kingpin) and is covered with blood that spits. Sorry, that is what is written, spitting blood. Immediately there is a knock at the door. It is her boss, the Lieutenant.
” “I see we have a problem” he sneered.
“How did you know?”
“A neighbor called about the commotion. Don’t worry about a thing. I’ll get this taken care of this for you.” ”
Oh the humanity!
I push myself out of a sense of duty to read on. It doesn’t get better.
I don’t want to write an unkind review. I don’t want to hurt feelings.
And I will not say something that isn’t true or I don’t believe. So what is the answer?
Do I let the author know I have to give a bad review? Or do I just not review the book?
I am leaning the don’t review way out.
Input and advice would be appreciated.
Now, I that I am all worked up about the level of dreck my brain has endured, I need to relax.
10 responses to “Dreck – WWW Wednesday”
If this is a person you know, I’d say just avoid writing the review, or tell the author that it wasn’t your cup of tea or something equally “it’s me, not you.” If it’s someone you don’t know who contacted you for the review, go ahead and give a bad review (though couch it at the beginning and end with good points). They asked.
Thank you for the advice Lina. I appreciate the help.
Ooooh! Please tell me that someone said, “You just don’t get it, do you?!?” and added a searing glare. ALSO. The film version of “Never Let Me Go”– watched it alone, and damned near felt like going head first through a plate glass window. Very uplifting.And by uplifting I mean, “inspires sobs /suicide”.
I haven’t seen the movie but the book is beautiful and devastating.
Poor you it feels awful when you get a book that bad that you were asked to review. I would go back and say it wasn’t for me – sorry. Thanks for sharing with us though 😉
Thank you for the help Cleo, I needed input. And I had a bit of a rant.
It’s always a tough one, when you’re not sure what to say. If I didn’t finish a book, I won’t review it, but if I did finish it then I’ll write a ‘bad’ review, but try and explain what exactly it was that stopped me from loving it. I’ll always try and find something good about it though, even if it’s something small, so it’s not just a negative review.
Thank you for taking time to comment and give me help. I appreciate your input greatly.
if its bad its bad no point in sugar coating it,xx Rachel
Thank you Rachel.