“When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what it says but what it means…”
— Umberto Eco
…at least not when we are reading for fun (and by “we” I mean me). When I read for school or for work, I must assume my hawkeyed persona and not just consider what a piece of writing says, but how it says it and why anyone might care about anything it says.
I review books—and I’m using the word review rather lightly—for fun. I dive into tales headfirst, not caring to point out typos, or inconsistencies that exist without ruining my reading experience, or sentences that could have been written in a more effective way… I enjoy a good story. Then I share anything that touched me, and which I think you might find interesting.
So… if you are a reader (or an author) coming to Pagan Culture expecting to find (or to get) book reviews that include anything other than the feelings a particular story evokes in my witchy heart, well… it is very likely that you won’t find many of those.
For highly technical and specifics-rich book reviews, you can try: Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf (mega-detailed witchy reviewer extraordinaire), Blog of Erised (the blog from where I shamelessly stole Eco’s quote...and the spot with the best Friday Freebies EVER!), Lilac Wolf and Stuff (whose reviews sweetly bully me into reading more than I should), Janicu’s Book Blog (my first stop for fantasy and science fiction)… there are many others, but these are the ones I visit over and over and over again.
In case you are wondering, this post is my
lazy mass response to a few authors who contacted me to ask if I would like to write a “professional
of their work. I’m always tempted to reply, “Would
you like to pay my professional reading rate?” But I figured this would be
more efficient. Now I can reply to their emails with a link to this post. Just
the link. That should freak them out. *Cackles thinking about it*
She looks so comfy... and perhaps a bit cold ;-)