A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

“Death, fire, and burglary make all men equals.” —Dickens

Category: Bad Reviews

Today in Very, Very Bad Reviews

by evanmcmurry

You know your book’s bad when the reviewer inserts the following warning in the middle of the only sentence of praise of a 1,500 word book review:

IF SOMEONE TAKES THIS HALF OF THE SENTENCE AND USES IT AS A BLURB I WILL HAVE YOUR GUTS FOR GARTERS

The rest of it ain’t any nicer, and contains the Winston Churchill nugget that “when a new book appears one should read an old one.” Read the whole etc.

When the Review is Better Than the Album, Arcade Fire Edition

by evanmcmurry

A bad review can be a grand thing, and as someone who’s never really gotten Arcade Fire, this bad review was more enjoyable to read than the band is to hear:

 “Reflektor” isn’t neoclassicism. It’s something conservative pretending to be something bold. It’s Sandra Bullock’s hack dialogue in “Gravity.” It’s square, sexless, deeply unstylish, painfully obvious rock music. It’s an album with a song called “Porno” that you could play for your parents. It’s fraud.

Youch. Read the whole etc.