Unprintable: The LitReactor Podcast Episode 31 - Book Reviews

 Every episode, Unprintable will take a thoughtful look at books, the publishing industry, reading, writing, and more; featuring your host Robb Olson, as well as the periodic know-it-all geekery of LitReactor Class Director Rob Hart and Managing Editor Joshua Chaplinsky.

For most people, reviewing a book doesn’t go much further than clicking a star rating on Amazon, and maybe writing a few words of encouragement, or dunking on a book they didn’t like. It’s not an activity that inspires much of a thoughtful approach. 

But his decade as a book reviewer inspired all kinds of thoughts about the process of reviews for Robb Olson, and he became passionate about the relationship that is established when a person sets out to read and evaluate something.   

With that in mind, we got a couple of the great reviewers of our time together to see how they felt about reviewing, talk about the philosophy of reviews, and how important they really are. Sadie Hartmann is a regular reviewer for Scream Magazine, Cemetery Dance, and other publications, and is known online as Mother Horror. Becky Spratford reviews for Library Journal and Booklist, and is the Horror Maven of the library world.  

Join us for a discussion about passion for books, and how reviewers work hard to get the right books to the right people.  

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Becky Spratford
Sadie Hartmann

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Robb Olson was one of the creators and hosts of the podcast Booked., a literary podcast of book reviews and author interviews. He was an editor and publisher of The Booked Anthology. He briefly wrote a horror TV column for This Is Horror, and guested on the This is Horror podcast several times, as well as one time on Unprintable - the LitReactor podcast, for which he is now the permanent host.

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