One of the worst things about being a reviewer is trying to figure out what to say when I really don't like a book. I can usually find something nice to say but when I am completely frustrated by the end of the book, it is really difficult to avoid saying everything that I want to say. I don't want to insult the author because this is just my opinion but I often wonder if I have read the same book that was read by those who are giving rave reviews. I realize that we are all a product of our upbringing and everyone's sense of humor is different but sometimes I really have trouble with the "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" adage. My friends know that I tend to give my opinion (whether I'm asked for it or not) which is why I am so tough to have as a friend...I have worked hard on becoming more diplomatic but I tend to be honest. I feel some responsibility as a reviewer to give my honest opinion but I also feel uncomfortable when the author (or his/her agent) has given me a copy and I think the work is awful. What to say? So I procrastinate. I pick up another book and read it (and another, and another) while I ponder. Sometimes I reach out to the author or publisher and ask if they want to know about overt errors that I have found (not usually) but that doesn't always go over well and there's no diplomatic way to ask, "do you want to know why your book doesn't seem to make sense?". Reactions range from, "that's why I have an editor" to "well, there's nothing I can do about it" to "yes, please!". I'm really not trying to be insulting but some authors seem to take it that way. So, reluctantly, I write my review.
I try to accentuate the positive...yet I as a reader would be really annoyed at spending my hard-earned money on a book that is choppy, full of errors (grammatical, typographical, logical) or boring...so I try to find some middle ground. Be warned...if my review states that something is an adequate light read, I probably think there are inconsistencies and I wasn't terribly intrigued by the story! But that's just my opinion--you should decide for yourself.
On a personal note...Happy Birthday to my younger (but not smaller) brother!