Are things moving so fast these days that a new idea can be too futuristic and too retro simultaneously?
That may be the case with Book Marks – a new website that bills itself as a Rotten Tomatoes for books – which seems likely to get criticized from both literary traditionalists and the cyber-populist crowd.
This will probably happen despite the fact that this new feature of Literary Hub – a widely respected site that offers author interviews – book excerpts and recommendations – is pretty good.
Book Marks collects reviews from The New York Times – The New Republic and other (mostly) old guard publications.
A curious reader wondering about the new Louise Erdrich novel ‘LaRose’ can very easily find a bit from a Washington Post Review – another in the New York Times Book Review – one in the San Francisco Chronicle and so on.
Someone looking for a few smart sentences on Don DeLillo’s ‘Zero K’ (both those hailing it as a return to form and those complaining that his writing is still too cold) can find them without much trouble.
(ed:..what a good idea..!..)