British Website Celebrates 'Angriest, Funniest' Book Reviews
via The Washington Post:
British review-aggregating website The Omnivore is sponsoring The Hatchet Job of the Year Awards, a celebration of the "angriest, funniest, most trenchant" book reviews published in 2011.
The prize--a year's supply of potted shrimp, an English seafood dish--will be awarded on Feb. 7.
Omnivore co-editor Fleur Macdonald said the award isn't meant to award “gratuitously vicious reviews.”
We are celebrating reviews that are well written, that have a point, that are insightful and also are entertaining. There are too many reviews that are a bit bland.
Both the nominated reviewers, and the authors of the beaten books, are invited to the ceremony.
Though I imagine some might not want to show up. Like Monique Roffey, the author of With the Kisses of His Mouth. Camilla Long, the nominated reviewer, called it “a pointlessly explicit, infuriatingly naive and, at times, plain off-putting slither through a series of — willfully? maliciously? — unedited sexual slurpings.”
Oof. You can click over here to see the list of books and reviews that were nominated.
So folks, what do you think? Is this a fun way to make light of the book reviewing process, or is it salt in the wound of the authors whose books were highlighted by this award?
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