I realize that reviewing can be a bit of a tender subject but I have no confidence in my ability to do so. I have read the arguments that practice will improve one's critiques but frankly, I reject the idea. If I knew that I was making valid points, then I'd get better - but I could have just given a critique worthy of the world's best reviewers, editors and literature masters and it's all guesses. Not knowing if I've made valid points, I simply flounder through the next one. I do understand the reason for the way things are set up here in regards to posting one's own work and giving reviews - and think it's a good system. What I am wondering is if it may be possible to have some folks who are knowledgeable about such things, critiquing the critiques. If I felt confident about my opinions on a piece, I'd be more willing to give a critique. As it stands now, I remain reluctant to critique and at the very least, want to send a condolence letter along with whatever review I'm giving. Yes, I've done a fair amount of reading in my life and I know what I like and why - but that isn't very helpful to anyone. I am much more interested in what a book says than how it says it. Idea's are much more important to me than presentation; in my world, substance always trumps style. I wouldn't mind expanding my world to include an appreciate of style, but I feel like a little kid who dressed themselves in bright yellow and green plaid pants and a fire engine red checkered shirt imagining myself looking dapper. Just because I think it looks good doesn't mean anyone else is. Likewise, a positive and encouraging critique from me means you've sold your writing to a crowd of one. My thoughts and feelings about your writing are probably not transferable and so I've now misled someone on top of everything.