Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Straight Shooter Award

When you like a book, you say why.
When you don’t like a book, you don’t mince words or sugarcoat it.
That’s why you get the Straight Shooter award.

This book award, designed and bestowed by Michael at A Few Minutes With Michael, really means a lot to me. Writing meaningful and interesting book reviews isn't always an easy task, especially when the book is complex or a very emotional one. I worry about writing too little or worse, writing too much and inadvertently revealing the dreaded spoiler.

So thank you, Michael, for the award: the words direct and honest are a "shot" in the arm.

In the spirit in which it was given, I'm passing this award on to two bloggers whom I feel are Straight Shooters: Cathy at Kittling: Books and Wandering Coyote.

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Next up: A review of The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón


Wandering Coyote said...

Why thank you, Charlie! I'm honoured! I'll put a post up this weekend...When I'm over my birthday hangover!

savannah said...

congratulations, sugar! xoxo

Cathy said...

Much deserved, Charlie. Congratulations! And thank you so much for passing it along to me. I'll try to get my post up tomorrow.

Kim Ayres said...

Nice one Charlie! Well deserved :)

Sheila DeChantal said...

Congratulations! I am looking over your reviews now. :)

PI said...

Well done! There should be more of it about.

Stinkypaw said...


Mary Witzl said...

Congratulations on this. There is a real need for straight shooters. Just the other day I started reading a book which turned out to have a rambling plot, little tension, and characters who weren't doing much and were being too damned nice to one another. I kept turning the book over the reading the shining reviews and wondering what the hell happened. Either I missed something somewhere and the glowing reviews were really snarky, or I'm just too hard to please? Straight shooting would have saved me £8 and two whole hours!

Charlie said...

WC & CATHY: You're welcome.


MARY: I always avoid the glowing reviews on the cover because they're there to sell the book.

I also avoid comparisons with other authors, too, which are seldom comparable: "In the tradition of classic romances by Jane Austen and Nora Roberts . . ."

Meg said...

Congratulations on the award!