How do you do a legitimate book review (“Oh, the Vanity!,” Dec. 26) when you only thumb through it?

Stephany Sofos via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

I went to Amazon and checked the “rave” reviews. Turns out 14 out of 16 are one-only, first time reviews–obviously shilling this book. Pffft.

Blind_Mice via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

I’m surprised you saw fit to print this vitriolic tantrum by your paper’s “Arts & Culture Editor.” From the hackneyed phrase “mid-1980’s pre-Bernie Madoff,” to suggesting the tired old Rewald story is “interesting gossip,” . . . every sentence smacks of the petty, or is, simply, irresponsible . . . Self-publishing, the layers of overt and covert racism that exist in local culture, as well as real estate wheeling and dealing are all fair game to be sure, in the hands of a skilled journalist. But strapping such an unnecessarily hurtful rant onto the back of Ms. Sofos and her effort to write an amusing book is the act of a bully. All this makes it quite easy to answer the sophomoric rhetorical question Cave asks in his piece, “Is there a benefit in giving every voice a chance to tell a story?”: In the case of this column, no value whatsoever.

Robert Becker via [HonoluluWeekly.com]