Dorothy Parker wrote my favorite book review of all time for her Constant Reader column for the New Yorker. She was assigned A.A. Milne’s House at Pooh Corner. I wonder why, I cannot imagine a poorer match of book and critic. Her review was acerbic, describing how Pooh added tiddely pom to his ditty because it made it more hummy. “It is that word ‘hummy,’ my darlings, that marks the first place in The House at Pooh Corner at which Tonstant Weader Fwowed up.”
I do not like grade inflation in schools or in books, but since I am self-selecting, I am expecting that most of the books I read will be good. My one to five scale is not a scale where three is average; three is good. Even two is good, simply not as good as I hoped.
I chose the name Tonstant Weader in order to remind myself to be fearless when writing my book reviews. I can’t be as witty as Parker, but I can strive to be as fearless.
December 14, 2015 at 10:40 pm
Do you take review submissions? I’m always looking to spread my books around and get input on them. You know, like a virus that learns!
December 14, 2015 at 10:50 pm
Thank you! I’ll see if you like anything I have on tap.
April 29, 2016 at 11:20 pm
I do, depending on the book.
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June 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm
We are launching The Universal Theory of Immigration in London tomorrow – would it be okay to display copies of your review at the bookshop? (with proper acknowledgement of course).
June 7, 2016 at 8:49 pm
Of course, I would be flattered.
November 1, 2016 at 6:34 am
I read your review of my book, The German Girl and I have to say, it is one of the best review, I think…
November 1, 2016 at 8:09 am
Wow, thank you!!!
May 14, 2017 at 5:20 pm
Thank you for reviewing our new book, Oakland Noir!
July 5, 2018 at 10:31 am
I am trying to send you an email but I’m having a problem.
tonstantweader.comcast.net – is that correct?
July 6, 2018 at 7:14 am
April 9, 2019 at 10:33 am
I’ve got a new ebook coming out that I think love called “Intermittent Fasting: Aggressive Fat Loss, Heal Your Body And Enjoy Your Life”.
“I know we live in the era of having 3-6 meals a day because we think this will increase our metabolism and enable us to lose weight, when in fact, that is not the case. Intermittent fasting entails scheduling your meals such that you eat during a certain period only or greatly lowering your calorie intake on certain days to push your body to burn fat for energy.”
If you’d be interested, I’d love to send you a free copy of the book in return for an honest review. If so, let me know.
April 9, 2019 at 11:01 am
Thank you for the offer. I do not read diet/health books. I consult my doctor and diabetes specialist and no one else.
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