Book Reviews and Analysis

News, Perspectives, and Insights on Writing and Publishing

From the Staff of The Editorial Department

August 25, 2016
Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
A "first 50" review

George R.R.Martin’s ‘A Game of Thrones‘ turns 20 this month! In honor of twenty years in print, and a hugely successful twenty years at that, here’s a breakdown of the first 50 pages of the book that started it all. Aside from the prologue, the first 50 pages of ‘A […]
May 19, 2016

The Best Books on Writing Ever!
Picks from our editors and staff

There are grillions of books on this subject out there, ranging from “duh!” to “wow.” Because you’re our peeps and we don’t want you to waste your time with the former, our staff has put together a short list of the latter. We’ve included links to make it […]
February 11, 2016
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Review of Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
A reflection on J.K. Rowling's talent as a mystery writer

“When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible–and Strike […]
December 7, 2015
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Review of Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster
A reminder of why characterization still matters in mystery suspense

“When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her stepgrandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Baylor-Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small […]
November 25, 2015

Word Play by Peter Farb
An enlightening study of language that's a gold mine for dialogue-conscious novelists

Word Play by Peter Farb may not have been written with novelists in mind, but it’s a smart, funny, and delightfully entertaining book about language and how we use it. And it’s chock full of good insights for writers, especially on the topic of dialogue. One chapter I […]
June 18, 2014
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The Art of the Short Story
Alive and Well with Taylor Brown's Latest Collection

Author and TED client Taylor Brown’s latest collection of short stories, In the Season of Blood & Gold, is a bit of a rarity in an era when short fiction has somewhat fallen out of favor. And like the book itself the stories have their share of anachronism […]