I always maintain that a good, thoughtful, well-constructed review of a very flawed work is more valuable than a less flawed work by itself. The review is a piece of art in of itself, and should be able to stand on its own outside of the context of the work it responds to, while simultaneously adding extra dimension and context to that work. After reading a good review of a bad book, reading that book should become rewarding.

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