Early reviews are like echo-location; by assessing the character of the report, you can begin to get a sense of the shape of the thing in front of you  — that is, the impending reception your book will enjoy (or not, as the case may be).

Library Journal’s first in with what they call a prepub “alert”.

So…warning!  Pluto book incoming!

“Interesting….sophisticated….costs $27.00!”

And as for you, Kate Grenville, welcome to the amazing world of…Percival’s Planet!