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  1. This was funny–in a sad way. My mouth is agape at that last review. I can’t stop chuckling, wondering how someone can be so idiotic. But, I guess I just have to get in my car and drive down the road to realize the world is full of idiots. I hope they don’t all review books.

    • Hi Char – Thanks for siding with me…I was afraid I was being too whiny. But when I saw that Goodreads review, I knew I had to mouth-off a little bit. The vast majority of reviewers/readers/rates are great, but–wow–this kind of review just drives me nuts!

  2. I agree. I have seen some really personal, character-attacking reviews. They do not say anything about the actual story, but seem to be more focussed on the writer. I don’t accept these reviews as real, but they potentially do have the ability to cause some damage. However, I’ve also seen them backfire. So who knows. Personally, a reviewer attacking the character of a writer says more about the reviewer than it does about the writer and you have some bitter people out there. I would like it if some kind of standard could be followed when submitting reviews.

    My humble opinion with an added 2.5 cents.

    • Hi Woelf – thanks for dropping by. I agree, the character-assassination reviews are perhaps the worst, much more hurtful even than what I talk about in my post. I’ve been lucky so far that no one’s put me in their sights for that kind of abuse, but I’m steeling myself for it…it seems inevitable that it will happen some day! The internet is too big and too anonymous for some people to resist slinging mud. Thanks for your 2.5 cents!

  3. I agree, Matt. I only take on books that interest me. It’s not fair to the author if I take on a book that I know I won’t like. I don’t like sci-fi and vampire books, so I tend to stay away from them.

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