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There is something uplifting, we have to admit, about a resoundingly negative review; excepting, of course, those in which are we ourselves are not the target of choice. Bill Henderson's previous Rotten Reviews stimulated readers' approval with its collection of harsh putdowns of classics; now he's back with another arsenal of spit-firing critiques of authors we love. Thus, we can smile archly as Virginia Woolf savages James Joyce's Ulysses as "diffuse....brackish....pretentious" and smirk when a now forgotten London magazine critic consigns Walt Whitman to literature's gutter. As Walter Benjamin once remarked, "Books and harlots always argue in public." In this book, they do so with uncommon passion. We can't think of a better gift for a would-be first novelist.