One-Minute Book Reviews

May 2, 2008

This Week’s Gusher Award for Achievement in Hyperbole in Book Reviewing Goes to …

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“Radish unrolls a rollicking yet reflective read that adds to her robust repertoire of beloved fiction. (Can a reviewer really use that many ‘r’s’ in one sentence?)”

Sandy Huseby in “Radish Raises the Roof,” a review of Kris Radish’s Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA (Bantam, 235 pp., $22), in the April 2008 issue of BookPage, a tabloid book-review section available free at many bookstores and libraries.

Comment by Jan:
Give Huseby credit. Unlike the previous winners of this award, she does seem to know that something is wrong with her sentence. But neither she nor the editor who approved the headline could fight off this case of the cutes. Even if the sentence lacked the manic alliteration, you might wonder: If this novel is “rollicking,” how does a book “rollick”? And by whom is Radish’s fiction “beloved”?

One-Minute Book Reviews gives out Gusher Awards every Friday except in weeks when critics show uncharacteristic restraint in their praise for books. It welcomes nominations from visitors.

© 2008 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

1 Comment »

  1. Ugh.

    …And the competency levels required for review jobs just sink lower and lower.

    Comment by ggelliott — May 2, 2008 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

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