…And the downs

Well, I read my first neg­at­ive review today. It’s over on Cheryl Morgan’s Emerald City web­site. While I recog­nise, on an intel­lec­tu­al level, that not every­one will enjoy the book, it is dif­fi­cult not to feel sharp dis­ap­point­ment. I won­der why a neg­at­ive review casts a shad­ow over the pos­it­ive ones dis­pro­por­tion­ate to its value as a review. Perhaps it taps into anxi­ety. It’s true enough that all the good work in Deja Vu is dif­fi­cult to remem­ber; its fail­ures, where scenes didn’t work quite the way I wanted, are much more sali­ent.

Right. Well. I wrote three more para­graphs after this one, and now I’ve deleted them because they can sum­mar­ised thusly: whinge whinge whinge. There’s isn’t much point in pick­ing over the bones. At least the book was reviewed.

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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