Reading requests for only short stories and poems. No novels, please.
What is the first and foremost skill/behaviour/asset a reviewer - or anyone who even claims to be one - should require?
Knowledge of literary jargons and techniques?
A Master's degree in literary criticism?
No, no, no, none. The answer is honesty. If it is not the genre you prefer to read, say so. However, forget not to see the writ from the perspective of those who'd like it; for instance, you personally may not like Sci-fi, but there can be an outstanding fan count for the same. Thus, try to look through their eyes.
If you don't find a writ convincing, spill it out. No need to polish your words in the name of politeness. Don't give a shit about it - because - a BIG because - if the author being critcised cannot bear the force of it, then he/she shouldn't have submitted the work for critique. If the author is persistent, and confident, no amount of negative criticism can hold one back. SO, don't be afraid of sounding rude.
My name, as the profile announces, is Arun. My fav. genre: literary fiction and satire (examples of satire includes books such as The Animal Farm by George Orwell, An Ice-cream War by William Boyd, What a Carve Up! by Coe, 1985 by Anthony Burgess and the likes). I write - or try to write - realistic fiction.
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