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Author:  DanHenderson [ Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:53 am ]
Post subject:  Jo Walton reviews Starman Jones for Tor

Jo Walton reviews Starman Jones for Tor.

Author:  JamesGifford [ Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:04 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Jo Walton reviews Starman Jones for Tor

But... but... what color nail polish was Jo wearing when she wrote this?

Author:  DanHenderson [ Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:19 am ]
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James Gifford wrote:
But... but... what color nail polish was Jo wearing when she wrote this?

Sorry; you lost me. For the record, I have no idea who Jo is, nor had I read anything else of hers before this, so if there's a reference in there, I'm afraid it went completely over my head.

Author:  JamesGifford [ Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Jo Walton reviews Starman Jones for Tor

It's the fluffiest, content-lite blurbing passing for a review I've read in a while. She doesn't seem to know what a review - even of a classic novel - is supposed to consist of. So while we're at it I demand to know what color nail polish she's wearing and also what she plans to have for lunch. I mean, that's the point of the Twitter gener... SQUIRREL!...

Author:  DanHenderson [ Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Jo Walton reviews Starman Jones for Tor

James Gifford wrote:
It's the fluffiest, content-lite blurbing passing for a review I've read in a while. She doesn't seem to know what a review - even of a classic novel - is supposed to consist of. So while we're at it I demand to know what color nail polish she's wearing and also what she plans to have for lunch. I mean, that's the point of the Twitter gener... SQUIRREL!...

Ha! Thanks for taking the time to explain. I followed the link in this review to her review of Friday, and it seems very much in the same vein. I wonder if Tor is paying her for this stuff.

Author:  audrey [ Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:38 am ]
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Well for that matter Charlie Brown reviewed Moon recently also.....was that also a new release?

Author:  PeterScott [ Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Jo Walton reviews Starman Jones for Tor

Eh, if anyone this side of Panshin writes a modern review of a Heinlein novel, I'd call that a win for our side. I won't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Author:  JamesGifford [ Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Jo Walton reviews Starman Jones for Tor

Yes, yes, I figured you or someone else would say something about all publicity, good publicity, etc. so forth.

But other than the mention of the title, that "review" does nothing to inspire a newcomer to want to read the book. If anything it's a little offputting. Only a newish RAH reader who perhaps had not heard of or gotten 'round to that title would be inspired.

See: damning, faint praise, etc. ...SQUIRREL!

Author:  TexasScot1952 [ Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Jo Walton reviews Starman Jones for Tor

James Gifford wrote:
But... but... what color nail polish was Jo wearing when she wrote this?

I also need to know what color shoes she is wearing. :D :D
What drek!!!!!! :evil:

Author:  JamesGifford [ Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Jo Walton reviews Starman Jones for Tor

Peter Scott wrote:
Eh, if anyone this side of Panshin writes a modern review of a Heinlein novel, I'd call that a win for our side.

Hmm. Say. You know...

Maybe we should review the major canon. Each at some length, with balance, and strike a balance between being a modern-take review and a classic-work critique. Neither too fluffy nor too smothering, just give modern readers the sort of prep and intro like that of all good current reviews.

We could, you know, post them somewhere.

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