Seven Deadly Words of Book Reviewing

Marty Halpern directs my attention to this compelling and poignant piece on Papercuts.

My least favorite words in book reviews are actually:

Gravid ovoid
Mandibular (unless they are talking about my new character Juan Mandible Sick-Eyes)


  1. says

    I’m kind of fond of crepuscular myself.

    Of course being retired I can now point the finger at the hapless hacks. I think the following words should be banned from reviews: “good”, “bad”, “enjoyable”, “interesting”, “plot”, “character” and, of course, “author”.

  2. Spencer says

    I would not be surprised if John Clute has used all of these words in the same review.

  3. Jeff VanderMeer says

    In this novel, the crepuscular bovine, slime-aided by the gravid ovoid performs the barnacular purpose of steiniventing the so-called “Thorgock” of the plot. Fluvid and grottitated as it may be, it, in the end is merely mandibular.

  4. says

    I’ve seen “Fever Dream” quite a bit lately, but that one crosses both book reviews and movie reviews.

    And, I’m a bit tired of it in both places.

  5. says

    One of these days, I’m going to dare to use “intrepid” and “copacetic” in the same sentence in a review, or maybe I’ll just go even further and use “smegma” to describe a smelly, nasty book that has no appeal to me.