Aim: revise what kind of information should a book review include and understand the way it is organized.
It is hard to give an easy definition of what a review is. The format of a review may change from discipline to discipline, and from source to source. Novels, short-stories, theater plays, articles, theses, films, CDs, DVDs might be subject of reviews. Contents are also diverse; reviews can range from the merely descriptive to the very critical.
In these pages we will only deal with book review writing. In general terms, a book reviewer is expected to do a careful reading of the material to be reviewed, give an opinion and support it with convincing reasons. This is necessary because one key purpose of a review is to help readers decide whether they will read the book or not.
Book reviewing, thus, is far from easy. Your opinion must go beyond your first reaction to the work and be based both on knowledge of the topic as well as on other factors, for example:
It is important to take a
clear stand at the beginning of your review,
in your evaluations of specific parts, and in your concluding commentary.
Do not forget that the goal of a review is to make a few key points
about the book, not to discuss everything the author has written.
Now, according to your own perception,
which book review would you consider