Originally Posted by gmw
Yep. But my point was partly that such implications can apply as much to what the reviewer writes, as they can to the original work. Thus some comments supposedly critiquing the text will actually be read as a critique of the author - whatever the reviewer may have intended.
If I understand you to be saying that people will come away from both book AND reviews with their own personal and varied opinions, and that some of those opinions may not be what the author/reviewer intended and may in fact cast unfair aspersions on the author/reviewer, then I wholeheartedly agree.
But then, that happens to everyone all the time.