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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A book review from someone who should not be reviewing books




My Stinkers! America's Worst Self-Published Books recently went on sale. So far it has received two 5-star reviews on Amazon from apparently normal people who read and appreciated the book.

Yesterday, this bit of lunacy appeared with one star:

"Hurf durf bad writing

This guy wrote a book, also self-published, to point out the poor formatting and spelling errors in other books. I think it's supposed to be a laugh riot but I didn't find it funny at all. Am I supposed to be surprised or amused that when given the tools to self-publish without an editor, people will write poorly? [An editor may improve what is published, but does not change the ability of a writer.]

What would really be great was if he wrote an investigation of the quirkier self-published stuff that's out there, to find pearls in the infinite sea of badness. I would gladly pay money for a book that pointed me the way to better things. Pointing out that most self-published books are not worth reading is obvious and not interesting to me at all."
 
The reviewer, identified as "Avery Morrow, Namu Tenri-O-no-Mikoto" thinks it's supposed to be a laugh riot. I never said it's a laugh riot.
 
He said he is not surprised that people write badly. That's not a complaint about my book.
 
He said that he would prefer that I wrote a different book. That's not a complaint about this book.
 
His comment that "Pointing out that most self-published books are not worth reading is obvious and not interesting to me at all" demonstrates at least two things:
  1. He's hallucinating, or at least he doesn't read very well, because I never said anything about "most self-published books." I discussed just nine of them. Also, I covered much more than spelling errors and bad formatting; and at least one of the books I discussed did have an editor.
  2. He's an idiot for buying the book (if he in fact really bought the book) since it obviously does not deal with what he wanted to read about. The subject and slant of the book were obvious from the title and cover, and a free online preview was provided. Avery knew what the book was about before purchasing it. It is not the author's fault if Avery bought the wrong book.
Avery has posted three recent reviews on Amazon, all overwhelmingly negative. He conveniently presented an example of his own literary ability ("In My Own Words"), which may help readers better evaluate his reviews:

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CTGTGCTCGGCGGCCAAGGGGACAGCGCGTGGGTGGCCGAGGATGCTGCGGGGCGGTAGC
TCCGGCGCCCCTAGCTGGTGACTGCTGCGCCGTGCCTCACACAGCCGAGGCGGGCTCGGC
GCACAGTCGCTGCTCCGCGCGCGCGCCCGGCGGCGCTCCAGGTGCTGACAGCGCGAGAGA
GCGCGGCCCTCAGGAGCAAGGCGAATGTATGACAACATGTCCACAATGGTGTACATAAAG
GAAGACAAGTTGGAGAAGCTTACACAGGATGAAATTATTTCTAAGACAAAGCAAGTAATT
CAGGGGCTGGAAGCTTTGAAGAATGAGCACAATTCCATTTTACAAAGTTTGCTGGAGACA
CTGAAGTGTTTGAAGAAAGATGATGAAAGTAATTTGGTGGAGGAGAAATCAAACATGATC
CGGAAGTCACTGGAGATGTTGGAGCTCGGCCTGAGTGAGGCACAGGTTATGATGGCTTTG
TCAAATCACCTGAATGCTGTGGAGTCCGAGAAGCAGAAACTGCGTGCGCAGGTTCGTCGT
CTGTGCCAGGAGAATCAGTGGCTACGGGATGAACTGGCCAACACGCAGCAGAAACTGCAG
AAGAGTGAGCAGTCTGTGGCTCAACTGGAGGAGGAGAAGAAGCATCTGGAGTTTATGAAT
CAGCTAAAAAAATATGATGACGACATTTCCCCATCCGAGGACAAAGACACTGATTCTACC
AAAGAGCCTCTGGATGACCTTTTCCCCAATGATGAAGACGACCCAGGGCAAGGAATCCAG
CAGCAGCACAGCAGTGCAGCCGCGGCTGCCCAGCAGGGCGGCTACGAGATCCCCCGCGCG
GCTGCGGACGCTCCACAACCTGGTGATCCAGTACGCCTCGCAGGGGCGCTACGAGGTAGC
TGTGCCCCTCTGCAAGCAGGCCCTGGAGGACCTGGAGAAGACTTCAGGACACGACCACCC
GGACGTGGCCACCATGCTCAACATCCTGGCCTTGGTGTACAGGGATCAGAATAAATACAA
AGATGCAGCTAACCTACTGAATGATGCCTTGGCTATTCGTGAGAAAACTTTGGGCAAAGA
TCATCCTGCGGTGGCGGCGACTTTGAATAACCTTGCAGTCCTTTATGGTAAAAGAGGGAA
GTACAAAGAAGCAGAGCCGTTGTGTAAAAGAGCTCTGGAAATCCGAGAAAAGGTTTTGGG
GAAGGATCACCCCGATGTTGCCAAGCAGTTAAATAACTTGGCCTTACTGTGCCAGAACCA
GGGCAAGTATGAAGAAGTAGAATATTATTATCAAAGAGCCCTCGAGATCTACCAGACAAA
ACTGGGACCTGATGACCCCAACGTGGCTAAGACGAAAAATAACCTGGCATCCTGCTATTT
GAAACAAGGAAAGTTCAAGCAAGCAGAAACACTGTACAAAGAGATTCTCACTCGTGCACA
TGAAAGGGAGTTTGGTTCTGTAGATGATGAAAATAAACCCATCTGGATGCATGCTGAAGA
AAGAGAAGAATGCAAAGGAAAGCAAAAGGATGGGACATCTTTTGGAGAGTATGGCGGCTG
GTACAAAGCCTGCAAAGTTGATAGTCCAACTGTTACAACCACTCTAAAAAACCTTGGGGC
ACTTTACAGACGTCAAGGCAAATTTGAAGCTGCAGAAACGTTAGAAGAAGCTGCTATGAG
GTCTCGTAAACAGGGTCTTGACAATGTTCACAAACAGAGGGTGGCAGAAGTGCTCAATGA
CCCTGAGAACATGGAGAAGCGCAGGAGCCGTGAGAGCCTCAACGTGGACGTGGTCAAGTA
CGAGAGTGGCCCTGACGGAGGGGAGGAAGTGAGTATGAGCGTAGAGTGGAACGGG... out of space already?"

Apparently, Avery is a few ants short of a picnic. He is not properly equipped to review my book, and probably should not be allowed within 50 feet of a keyboard.


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2 comments:

  1. It's sad when others take it upon themselves to badmouth someone's hard work. As you point out, it is not the author's fault he did not like the book. Unfortunately, his negativity will not help him if he is trying to make a positive online presence. I personally have not read the book, so I therefore cannot have an opinion on it.

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