Reviews by The Miramichi Reader have been quoted on various author’s websites, have been linked to from several publishing houses as well as used as blurbs in final print editions. If you would like to create a testimonial, scroll down the page where you will find a form to fill. Thanks!

Skill, insight, and excellent critical thinking

James Fisher is one of those rare individuals who possess the skill, insight, and excellent critical thinking skills to intelligently dissect a piece of writing and get to its “core.” As an author, it is not professional to correct misunderstandings by critics or readers. With Mr. Fisher, this is not even a concern, as he has clearly read very widely, enabling him to understand an author’s approach, technique, and literary “tools,” and to understand them well. He does not engage in mere criticism for its own sake. Rather, he provides thoughtful, objective critiques which accentuate the positive, and put not only the work he is discussing, but also himself, in the most positive light imaginable.

Thanks to The Reader.

James Fisher leaves honest, compelling reviews. Thanks for taking the time to review my novels.

Hub for Writers and Writing

The Miramichi Reader is truly a central spot for writers and readers, particularly those who are interested in Atlantic Canadian fiction. I first found out about James Fisher’s work when I was researching a book. As a reviewer, I find his reviews to have an excellent balance between analysis of the text and a more basic appreciation of whether or not a book is entertaining. As a writer, I really depend on Jim and reviewers like him for honest and detailed feedback. Without his work, I’d have a really tough time trying to figure out what I was doing well and what I needed to work on. I wish that more people, academics, readers, and writers all had a sense of just how central Jim is to the cultural products of Atlantic Canada. I really appreciate him and respect his efforts.

Gary Collins, Author of The Last Beothuk, Desperation: The Queen of Swansea and Left to Die

“I have had many reviews of my books. None more focused than yours.”

Robin Philpot, Publisher, Baraka Books

“Just a note to say how much we appreciate your work and your careful and thoughtful reading and reviews (even if you don’t like some of our books). It would be great if more people would take our publications as seriously as you do.”

Lorri Neilsen Glenn, Author of Following the River: Traces of Red River Women.

“[…] it [the review] captured what, as a writer, I was aiming for. That doesn’t often happen! You seem to review a book for what it is, not what you’d prefer it to be.”

Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Jerrod Edson, Author of The Moon is Real

“Thank you ever so much for taking the time to review my book. I really appreciate the kind words, and especially your keen eye for detail. Again, very much appreciated.”

Nicola Davison, Author of In the Wake

“Thank you for taking the time to read my first book. I’m just tickled with your review.”

Pratap Reddy, Author of Ramya’s Treasure

“Too overwhelmed by the lovely review for my ‘Ramya’ to collect my thoughts sufficiently to thank you properly…! One thing for sure I will treasure it.”

Aaron Kreuter, author of  You and Me, Belonging

“You singlehandedly do so much for the literary community in Canada, it is really commendable.”

Carol Bruneau, Author of A Circle on the Surface

“We’re lucky beyond words to have…The Miramichi Reader in our corner, and so grateful for all the time and effort he devotes to reading and reviewing books.”

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