Reblogged in recognition of BANNED BOOKS WEEK 2015: September 27-October 3
How many of your favorites made the list?
I’d been warned: the 5-Star reviews couldn’t last forever. “Be prepared,” people cautioned me. “Trolls are out there and sooner or later one of them will pan a book. It’s going to be ugly.” I don’t check for reviews on Amazon much as I take the long view. Writing a book is a slow process, and building up a list of reviews can take a while. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to receive consistently solid, glowing reviews.
I got my first 1-Star review. The German guy says Tsunami Cowboys is the worst book he’d ever read. He didn’t finish it. And, after page 56, HE BURNED IT.
WTF? Really?? In the 21st century, people are still burning books?!?
I went into shock. I was horrified. Shaken. Ashamed, even. In my worst nightmares, I never ever ever imagined someone would actually destroy my words like this. Until now, it…
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Gordon Rottman said:
I’ve never worried about one and two-star reviews…unless that’s you I get. One reader panned one of my books that had gleaned mostly five-stars. I noticed that readers had rated his post as “One reader out of 15 found this review useful.” Another words, they saw it for what it was. My “The Hardest Ride” received 30-plus five-stars and a couple of four-stars. The one two-star complained, “The story moved steadily along in an engaging way, but could have benefited from a more interesting finish.” I don’t think many would pay attention to this review. I don’t lose sleep over it.
As an aside, I’d like to mention that Andy Weir’s “The Martian” has 17,767 reviews on Amazon, 74% five-star and 19% four-star.
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