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This is possibly only funny if you're a literary critic, but if you are, it's freaking hilarious. And yes, I have used almost all of those "reviewese" clichés; not only that, my use of them has been quoted on the paperback editions of several bestsellers (including Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell)...

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jdawgspi
Mar. 21st, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
like William S Burroughs on acid
OMG. I'm a theatre critic, and the overused cliches are just as numerous, many of them the same. I was told by a mentor critic once that I'm allowed only one culinary comparison per year. But when so many productions are so "confectionary," what's a girl to do?
slovobooks
Mar. 21st, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
Which review on JS&MrN was yours?
stellanova
Mar. 21st, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
It says something like "hugely imaginative....without a doubt the best book I've read all year" - it's on the inside of the front cover.
slovobooks
Mar. 21st, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
This one...?

"Dazzling, witty and gleefully entertaining ... A triumph of traditional imaginative storytelling, this is an energetic, entertaining and inventive tale that simply kidnaps the lucky reader to participate in a rare experience."

By the way, I meant to say: your previous quote was of course from DR and Quinch. Easy to spot, really, as I have three different copies of it...
stellanova
Mar. 21st, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
Hee, it was indeed from DR and Quinch! The Hollywood bit is my favourite.

And no, that's not me - I think mine is the last one on the inside cover. It's from Image, anyway...
slovobooks
Mar. 21st, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
Sorry! I presumed the one from IT was you.

I was showing Leah Moore some of my Alan Moore stuff when they were out in the house. Hard to know if she was impressed or frightened! Still, she seemed to like my painted set of Watchmen figures.

I am also now in posession of a signed HB copy of JS&MrN, by the way. A lovely person, is SC.
cran
Mar. 22nd, 2006 01:12 am (UTC)
laughoutloud, as in laughoutloud funny. - Ohmygod. Come to think of it, reviewese could soon become a completely textable language, with:-) or:-( to indicate whether or not a book is good. At the time of writing, though, reviewese still uses laughoutloud as an adjective rather than an interjection

That cracked me up.

I'm sure I've used many of these to describe books or movies in my LJ. I can definitely remember writing "darkly comic" somewhere recently. Bad!
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