I am grateful for the kind blurbs scholars and writers have given to my books.  I do think there are some overused phrases and descriptions which should be put to rest.  Here are a few I’ve collected:

Tour de force

Essential reading

Must read or the more emphatic, “truly, a must read”

If you read only one book this year, this should be it


Couldn’t put it down

Chapter three was worth the price of the book

The definitive work

I wish I had written it!

It repays a careful read

Vintage Piper

Judicious use of sources

The standard by which all others will be judged

Slim, but weighty volume

The best book I’ve read on this topic



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