Book Review Examples

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As discussed in our article explaining how to write a book review, book reviews are very different from book reports. In order to illustrate what a book review is, we have provided a book review example for your reference. 

Here is an example of a book review opening

"The Devil's Company, a treat for lovers of historical fiction, sees the return of Benjamin Weaver in his third exciting romp through the varied and sometimes surreal landscape of 18th-century London. Weaver is an endearing protagonist, a former pugilist and investigator for hire whom we first met in David Liss's A Conspiracy of Paper (1999)."1

In just a few short lines, reviewer Frank Tallis has told us about the genre, setting, and main character of this novel. He concludes the favorable review by saying, "Historical fiction is mostly smoke and mirrors. Modern writers really don't know what it was like to live in the past—no matter how much research they do—so the success of the enterprise depends largely on creating a convincing illusion. Liss rises to this challenge with great skill in this accomplished, atmospheric and thoughtful novel."2

This book review example illustrates another important question to be addressed in the review: how does the work compare to others similar to it? Does the book contribute to a particular field or genre, or does the book lack in quality compared to the works of other writers?

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1Frank Tallis, "A Bridge to 18th Century London" review of The Devil's Company, by David Liss, The Washington Post, July 9, 2009 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/08/AR2009070804089.html (accessed November 25, 2009)

2See note 1 above.

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