[...] one is often the last to know one’s own roof is on fire. - James Meek, To Calais, in Ordinary Time
If you want to have a lot of friends/followers on GoodReads:
1. Read a lot (obviously) 🤓
2. Give everything a 4- or 5-star review (sadly) 😞
"The presence of water invites song and music; there is something about its flow, and the sound of its flow, that elicits other melodies." - Venice: Pure City, Peter Ackroyd
Here's something interesting. Go to GoodReads & look at the entry for Smiley's People by John le Carré. Click on the Rating Details link to see how it's broken down between 1-5 stars. You don't often see a breakdown like that.
It's truly an amazing novel, & one of only five that I've ever given a full 5 stars.
I'm in a situation I wish on no one. I have placed my 3 most respected authors on literary probation, meaning I won't be reading their newer #books until I get some reassurance they've stopped catering to modern audiences & have returned to their former glory.
I am accepting applications for new fiction authors. Must treat their readers with respect & write intelligently in at least 3 of 4 below:
- strong plot
- well-defined characters
- meaningful stories with beautiful prose
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