I’m delighted to see the first comment (that I’ve encountered) from someone who’s actually received Balanced Libraries: Thoughts and on Continuity and Change: Jennifer Macaulay at Life as I Know It.
Before encountering this, I was just about to state my policy on comments and reviews of this book that I encounter. It’s simple:
- I’ll link to them, by editing this post or creating another one. That’s true whether they’re positive, negative or mixed
- I will not comment on the comments and negative reviews unless there’s a factual error, and probably not even then. I learned a long time ago that it’s bad practice for an author to respond to book reviews (of whatever nature) except to say “Thanks for reading and commenting.” Update: I will feel free to thank people for positive reviews! What I learned was not to quarrel with negative and mixed reviews. Which I won’t.
So…Jennifer, thanks for reading and commenting!
First full review, 4/20/07: This one from Pete Smith at library too. Thanks for reading and commenting. (Pete also posted the review on the Balanced Libraries book page at Lulu.com. Thanks!) Added note: Smith’s review is thoughtful–and also positive, for which I’m grateful.
Another review, 4/26/07: Jennifer Macaulay at Life as I know it writes a thoughtful and positive review. Again, I’m grateful.
The first non-English review, 5/29/07: Wow! Wouter over het Web has a lengthy review in Dutch. Wouter assures me it’s a positive review, and from Babelfish’s output, it does appear that way–although the translation leaves something to be desired. Thanks!
And a long, thoughtful review from Mark Lindner, 5/31/07: right here. I can only say Thanks and Wow!
6/7/07: Another long, thoughtful review, this time from John Dupuis. Once again, I can only say Thanks and Wow!
9/18/07: Another long, thoughtful review, this one from John Miedema. I’m posting a belated separate item on this one–and again, “Thanks and Wow!”
4/4/07: Not a review, but Sarah Houghton-Jan offers a nice writeup.
4/5/07: You’d think the author would know the subtitle of the book… Thanks, Alane! And now this: Worldcat.org’s record. I’ve made the big time!
4/9/07: Also not a review, but Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran has a nice early comment at Impromptu Librarian
6/13/08: I only spotted this mini-review by doing a little egoogling (ego-Googling). It’s on Goodreads and from “Jack”, and appears here in its entirety and without added comment:
“Generally just classic Crawford: long-winded, rambling, reactionary rhetoric. “