Have you ever found yourself tearing apart someone’s review?
I was reading a review of a book I’d recently reviewed, and noticed that the person misspelled the main character;s name. Not only did the reviewer misspell the name, she included a snippet from the book with the correct spelling. This got me to thinking about my reviews.
When I review books, I try to keep the book beside me for two reasons. One, I include a snippet, so I need the book to copy word for word the passage I want to include. Two, I want to make sure that I’m not reinventing cities where things happen. I have a bad habit of renaming locations in books. For example if it happens in Locomotion, Kan., I’ll change it to Locanon, Kan. Stupid, I know, but that’s me.
How do you feel when you read several typos in a review? Do you ever feel like you’re reading a review by someone who didn’t read the book? What would make you boycott a reviewer? (Yeah, I know I have spelling issues myself. I try to reread my posts before I publish them, but that doesn’t always prevent the errors.) So I guess what I want to know is, how much slack to you give a book reviewer?