Half-Way Through Approach To Book Reviews – what does that mean you may ask.
It is the idea, and a lovely idea, of a book reviewer and blogger at FeedMyBibliodiction, a very good WordPress blog. I reblog her 50% review of the new version of my book Undercover: Operation Julie – The Inside Story –
I went into this story blind. I did not read the 1st edition. I vaguely knew the purpose of Operation Julie, massive drug ring bust, from glancing over the synopsis. I don’t like to read too much about a book beforehand. This time, I felt a bit like I’m playing catch-up. This edition adds more to the story. He responds to unanswered questions from the previous edition. Unlike readers of the 1st edition, I didn’t have the chance to ponder these questions. I am grateful to the author for providing me with this opportunity to learn more.
Memoirs are often biased stories retold from a person’s fallible memory. The intention is not to impart false feelings or facts. None the less, human nature deems it probable. The author took all of this into account when writing this book. Even though he was right there living it all, he knows recollections cannot always be treated as fact. What can be reliable, however, are first hand reports and documents composed at the time of the investigation. The author cites his sources. He shows where he obtained his supporting evidence. This is crucial in writing history.
Besides feeling satisfied that the investigation, and subsequent bust, unfolded as told by the author, I am loving his writing style. He injects himself into the book. His honesty, wit, and openness make this read even more enjoyable. As the author puts it, we are getting a good look into his head.
Her method is to review in full once the book has been read in full. I will post the full review here as soon as it is available.
I love this fresh approach and applaud Sandy Vattimo, the blogger in question. You can find her on Twitter as @bibliodiction.
Click on this link to go to the review on her blog.
Nearly forgot! Congrats Sandy! You were the first to read and review the new revised edition out in paperback and Kindle June 29, 2017 published by Creativia.