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Review – Immortal Laws by Jim Michael Hansen

Immortal Laws
by Jim Michael Hansen
420 pages
Fiction/thriller
Published 2008

I entered to win this book quite a while ago and promptly set it on my TBR pile, where it got buried under other review books. When the author emailed me and asked if I’d had a chance to read it, I pulled it out and put it next in line to be read. Perhaps I would have liked it more if I hadn’t read it right on the heels of The Likeness by Tana French, my absolute favorite book of the year so far. I doubt it, though.

The author has a whole series of books with detective Bryson Coventry…the books are called the Laws series. Can you guess why?

This book follows Bryson, who’s investigating his friend’s disappearance. He fears the people who recently killed a woman by ramming a wooden stake through her heart vampire-style also took his friend. And then there’s Heather, who’s being hunted by these vampire killers because she has vampire blood running through her from her great-great-great-great-something-or-other.

I don’t know…perhaps I thought, Oh, this sounds interesting! Hmph.

The writing is very…choppy. Let me give you an example:

At the Old Orleans, the stress made Heather drink more than she should, but it didin’t affect the performance. If anything, it loosened her up and let her get further out on the edge.

The people noticed.

And hollered and hooted to prove it.

The place was dark and packed with sexual tension.

Perfect.

Well, not totally perfect.

Parker wasn’t there.

His theory was that the slayers wouldn’t make a move in public, so she was safe inside the club. And it would be better if Parker wasn’t seen in Heather’s vicity any more than necessary. So he hung around outside the club, in the shadows, watching the entrance. If Heather spotted anyone conspicuous inside – say a man by himself, not drinking, studying her every move – she was supposed to call and describe the guy. So far, however, that hadn’t happened.

She was belting out a spirited version of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” when she spotted a familiar face at the bar.

A man about forty-five.

Bald.

Designer sunglasses.

Immaculately dressed.

Flamboyantly gay, even at a distance in a crowd.

Tim Pepper.

Her manager.

He waved, clearly getting a kick out of the surprise on her face. Then he leaned to the person next to him, a nice woman about forty, and said something in her ear.

The descriptions are sparse, nothing is really fleshed out, and the conversations are all similar in their lack of…well, conversation.

The author has some word whiskers that detract from his writing. I know that typically, word whiskers are words such as uh, um, etc, but I think word whiskers totally applies in this case. For example, there was a lot of chuckling going on. I mean, a lot. 49 instances of people chuckling within 400 pages. Now THAT’S a lot of chuckling. It was distracting because people were always chuckling. I started predicting when people would chuckle, and I was RIGHT! That’s not a good thing.

I probably shouldn’t have finished this book. I could tell from the first chapter that the writing wasn’t very good, but I admit I felt a little pressure since the author had contacted me wondering if I’d read the book yet. There’s been a few books that I haven’t finished this year because they just weren’t doing it for me, so apparently this book wasn’t that bad. But really, isn’t that more of an anti-recommendation? Kind of like, You’re not the ugliest person I’ve ever seen.

So all in all, I finished the book, so it had some redeeming qualities, but not enough to overshadow the writing.

Edited to add: I posted this review 3 hours ago, and already I have an angry comment, which I assume is from the author. From Joe Blow: “I am trully impressed that after someone went to all the trouble to write a book, and then gave you a free copy, and paid the postage to send it to you for free, that you would publically trash it. That’s really sticking it to him! Good job!”

First of all, if you’re going to be angry that I didn’t like your book, then I would request that you don’t go all anonymous on me. Most of the people who read my blog know my first AND LAST NAME. I’m not anonymous and I’d request you not be, either.

Second of all, don’t think that your sending me a free book equals me liking your book. I sent you an email that I didn’t like it and that I would review it, but I would be fair. I believe my review is fair. If I’d wanted to trash your book, I could have.

Third of all, I wasn’t trying to “stick it to you.” Frankly, it’s authors like you that make me leary of reviewing self-published books, which most reviewers won’t do in the first place.

Fourth of all, I know you’re googling your name because I get the search terms that bring people to my blog. Might I suggest Google Alerts?

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65 Responses to “Review – Immortal Laws by Jim Michael Hansen”

  1. Christine

    I am truly impressed that you counted all of the chuckles. Good grief.

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  2. Joe Blow

    I am trully impressed that after someone went to all the trouble to write a book, and then gave you a free copy, and paid the postage to send it to you for free, that you would publically trash it. That’s really sticking it to him! Good job!

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  3. Lenore

    I know reviewers would rather like the book they’re reading and would prefer to give a good review… but sometimes they just can’t. A free book postage paid is not worth selling out your integrity.

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  4. estelle

    Oh my god! Christoper Paolini’s Brisingrhad everybody chuckling so much I couldn’t stand it. That book had other problems besides the chuckling, too. I wonder if that’s a new ingredient for ‘bad book bingo’?

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  5. mellymel

    if he’s not able to handle criticism, maybe he’s in the wrong line of work? i’m chuckling 🙂

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  6. Rebecca

    Good grief! When will these authors learn? Seriously. And do they think that leaving thinly veiled snarky comments is going to improve their reputations. As a book blogger, I think I have an implicit contract with my readers that I will be honest in my reviews and will not lead them astray or into buying books that are a waste of their money. When authors release books into the public domain, they have to know that not everyone is going to love what they’ve done, and they need to be open to criticism. If they think sending free books should entitle them to unwarranted positive reviews, they’re in the wrong line of work.

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  7. Popin

    I don’t understand why an author would do that. Just because you get a free book, doesn’t mean that you’ll like it. Not everyone is going to like the book, so why focus on the ones who don’t like it? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

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  8. Kimberly

    Whoohooo!! Way to have the balls to write an honest review Trish! Love it! I’ve gotten a nasty comment from an author before as well, trying to be all anonymous about it too. Good Lord, any writer should know that if you’re going to be publishing your writing out there for the world to read, you might as well grow some thick skin and expect some criticism every now and then. Shoot even us bloggers get criticized for just writing our own thoughts & opinions on life!

    Keep the honest reviews coming 🙂

    Kimberly

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  9. Cheryl Malandrinos

    Okay, I’m laughing now too. Why is it that being asked to review a book is supposed to mean you can’t be honest about it? What’s the point of being a reviewer if you can’t provide your honest opnion of a book? And most importantly, who are you serving when you write a dishonest review. Certainly not the reading public.

    I’ve only really been taken to task twice for writing a less than favorable review, but each time I’m left feeling like, “Did I tell them their kids are ugly?” It’s not a personal thing.

    I won’t engage an angry author in conversation, so kudos to you for taking a stand.

    Cheryl

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  10. Tracy

    I love that review! thanks for your honesty Trish and I’m sure you were even being kind. I don’t review self published books for this exact reason (Joe Blow).

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  11. Kiki

    Wow–this author should be embarrassed for responding that way–I know an author who responded that way on Amazon to an acquaintance’s Amazon Vine review(very recently), and I think the karmic gods are responding by never having that book available in the store I work in, even though he’s already been up to #8 on the NY Times best sellers list and I have people ask for this book whenever we have no copies in the store!–hmmm, maybe because those people with the free copies/ARCs had problems with it? Well, maybe you should watch what you say! Not every one has the great privilege of finding a wiling agent and getting published these days! They should be more grateful!

    Anyway, honest and fair review–no one should be subjected to bad writing when they’re smarter than that and their time is valuable. Admirable of you to keep pluggng along…just in case it improved!

    PS Maybe “Joe Blow” should learn to spell(or use his spell check!)! “Trully”????? Okay, I’m sorry, now I’m being mean….

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  12. Lisa

    And here I’ve been hesitating to review one of those Hachette Books I won from you! (Goodnight Bush, the parody of Goodnight Moon.) I’m really glad I haven’t accepted anything from an author directly.

    He got a nice cover though.

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  13. Sandra

    I’ve seen too many of these incidents lately. Somebody please tell these writers that every time they get huffy about a review or try to insult a reviewer on a blog, a hundred other bloggers not only won’t buy, read, or review that book, but they’ll tell a lot of other people about the rude author. And guess what? A lot more people won’t want anything to do with the book either. Get it yet, writers? We’re bloggers, we trust each other. We have no vested interests here, we’re just talking about books and reading and we respect everyone’s opinion. Go write something better and get over it. You’ll sell more books in the long run.

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  14. bybee

    Authors jumping in and complaining is on a par with poor sportsmanship. Hugs to you, Trish for doing your job as a book blog reviewer.

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  15. Nicole

    Thanks for your honest review of this book.

    I have seen authors behave in a nasty manner on reviewers blogs and in their own blogs in response to criticism of their work and it definitely leaves a bad taste. I came across the blog of an author trashing someone who didn’t like their book and I just didn’t feel the same about reading their work and have yet to read it even though it is already apart of my collection.

    I have yet to review any self-published work. I might have just one upcoming book that is self-published , but I have been and will probably be more selective in the future about books I choose to receive as review copies. I don’t need headaches from my hobby.

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  16. Steph

    maybe it’s just me but I don’t think you ‘trashed’ this book AT ALL.
    You criticized it just like you would any other book that you dislike but you didn’t go overboard.

    Mark my words, I can trash a book like nobody’s business. You were far kinder than I would have been if I don’t like a book.

    And seriously… writers should expect criticism. Sending a free book to someone doesn’t mean that they will automatically like it. And this kind of reaction from the author, sure makes me want to throw his book in the trash and not even peek at it. It’s all about image dude.
    You know, I took several creative writing workshops in college not too long ago and shit it was hard to put your work on the table for the whole class to pick and prod at. But hey, it’s a process and it’s a helpful process. That workshop certainly helped me to deal with criticism in a constructive way.

    So sir? Perhaps you should think about doing a few more workshops and maybe you should learn to deal with criticism. Any writer who cannot, is not a decent writer in my books.
    Deal. with. it.

    Because a book blogger’s goal is not to stomp on your parade. We read for our enjoyment and we aren’t going to pretend to like someone’s book because we don’t want to hurt their feelings. We assume that you are grown up enough to deal with what we put forth.

    Et voila. C’est tout.

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  17. Chris@bookarama

    You were honest about the why you didn’t like it. That’s criticism and it’s expected. I won’t review self-published books and this is the reason why. I definitely won’t be reading anything by this guy because of his childish behaviour.

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  18. veens

    Really bad… and I really like Sandra’s comment – i would never read his book 😐

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  19. Anna

    I appreciate honest reviews like yours. If we accept review copies, the most that an author should expect is that we’ll read it and give it a fair review. It’s possible to dislike a book and review it while being honest AND polite. You didn’t say anything mean in your review. As a writer, I understand that it’s hard to receive criticism, but you really can’t expect everyone to love your work. And authors also can’t expect to attract readers and generate sales if they’re rude.

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  20. Susan B. Evans

    Ok – I thought your criticism was constructive – not rude. I mean sure, if I wrote a book I’d be upset if it got a bad review, but I’d also expect it. If you put your work out there for the world to read, someone somewhere’s not going to like it – even Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and Stephenie Meyer have their critics (not that this book is at all in that particular league 🙂

    As a former Community Relations Manager (event planner) for a major bookseller, I have read many, many self-published works. There are a few “diamonds in the rough” out there, but for the most part they just can’t compete with books that had to endure the process of publishing in a big house like Harper or Random. I’ve met a lot of these authors too, and the problem I find, is that they have received very little actual criticism on their work at all. Family, friends, etc. have told them that they are brilliant and that they should write a book, so they have.

    It’s great to live in a world where anyone is “free” to be published – but authors need to remember that the reader is free as well – free to pick books based on his own likes and taste, and free to voice his own opinion about what he has read.

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  21. Ti

    After reading your “war” post I had to find the book and post you were refrerring to. I have to say, your review was written in a fair, professional manner. This author is just too sensitive and seems to be paying attention to all the wrong things.

    Hey Joe Blow, instead of bashing a book blogger, look at the work itself and try to improve your writing the next time around. It’s all constructive criticism and a good writer would take the criticism, go back to his desk, and hash out a better novel next time.

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  22. Michele

    I read your original review when you first posted and thought it was a very well-written review. Clearly this person doesn’t realize what a close-knit community the lit blogging world is. If this is indeed the author writing these things (should be easy enough to find out, I’m surmising), then everyone of us that has a lit blog needs to circle the wagons around you, so to speak.

    And as for the lawsuit? I’d simply take down the quotes and book cover for now and make your review a sticky post at the top of your blog so everyone will be reading it first thing for the next six months. If he/she is not self-published, contact their publisher and publicist.

    There are plenty of things you can do in self-defense here. And whatever you do, don’t cave in to this! Let us know (email, post, whatever) if you need the rest of us to do something….we’re behind you 100%!

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  23. On Blogging & Book Reviews « The Book Lady’s Blog

    […] seen what’s going on over at Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?, let me fill you in. Trish wrote a review of a book she received from a self-published author. And the book was bad. And Trish was honest in […]

  24. Your kat

    I’m trully imprezzt that aftur I went to awl the trubble of catching yu this mowz and killing eet and chewing on eet a beet and then bringn it awl the way to yur dor, that yu wud throw eet owt. Way to stik it to me.

    Alzo, kindly do not mek fun of my speling, az I am a kat. What’s yur eckskyoos?

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  25. Your kat

    And by ‘yur’ I ment ‘jo bloz.’ Just so weer cleer.

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  26. shilohwalker

    “I am trully impressed that after someone went to all the trouble to write a book, and then gave you a free copy, and paid the postage to send it to you for free, that you would publically trash it. That’s really sticking it to him! Good job!”

    Good grief, Joe Blow! I’m truly impressed that after somebody is EXPECTED to enjoy a book just because it was provided free.

    I’ve provided plenty of my books for free, including S&H this past year, I’ve probably spent close to $1000. Do I expect every reviewer to love my books? Nope. I’m flattered they are just willing to read them. If they like them- great. If they don’t-well, they took the time to read it instead of picking up a different book. They spent their time reading it and time is pretty valuable, too.

    Geez. Trish, you’re entitled to not like a book and to state your honest opinion over it.

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  27. Luanne

    wow – well all I can say is that I think you did a fair and honest review. And Joe – be honest yourself and use your real name.

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  28. Soccer Mom

    Good heavans. Has the man never been rejected before? When I was a new writer, I got batted around like a cat toy. It’s a review. An opinion.

    Geesh.

    Don’t let him make you sweat, Trish. You’ve done nothing wrong.

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  29. Bluestocking

    Trish I feel your pain. That happened to me last week. The author even went as far as to call me a “Jesus freak” and told me I was “ignorant.”. I’d like to remind authors of the First Amendment. I thought your review was good. No wonder he doesn’t have a publicist; he’d be a nightmare.

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  30. Toni Gomez

    I think you review was more than fair. Nothing better than a review that posts an opinion and then presents an example. Good for you for keeping integrity and not selling our for a free book.

    Joe the Blower: You need to face the facts and realize that if you put it out there you have to take the good with the bad. Thicken up that skin Joe. Iron sharpens Iron, your fellow writer had some good “free” feedback for you.

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  31. Natasha @ Maw Books

    I’m late to the party on this post mainly because I tend to not read reviews of books where I can tell straight off the bat I know I won’t like. So I missed all the commentary on this one. It looks like this author has painted himself into a corner with nowhere to go by publicly leaving a negative comment. Perhaps he is new to the blogosphere and should have researched a bit more to know that free book does not equal a favorable review. Like I stated in the earlier post, I’ve had a review policy on my blog for a while now and it’s a practice that more bloggers should do. One can criticize a book but not personally attack the author. Sometimes an author may confuse the two, which is understandable.

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  32. Becca

    Well. This is quite the tempest in the teapot, isn’t it? I would have thought any respectable author would realize that just because you send a book to someone for review doesn’t mean they have to like it. Silly me. I guess I expect too much.

    I’ve become a lot more selective about the books I accept to review these days. For good reason, I see.

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  33. MADELEINE

    Before there where PC’s and bloggs “Joe Blow” would have come home from some job and looked into his mailbox every day for month/years and if very, very lucky would receive a positive response from a publishing house. The overwhelming odds are, he would have received a negative response and no one to blame. To receive a response with criticism would have made this “Joe Blow” extremely happy, he would have taken the hints and written a better novel.

    This new”Joe Blow” does not realize how lucky he is to live in an era where he can self publish himself, and be a lot luckier than his older version and the painful mailbox trips, the many rejections, over and over.

    “Joe Blow”…grow-up! become a better writer, take the critisism. it is suposed to help you write a better book. Your older version would have been very hapy to receive this much.

    You have problems with this just click on Madeleine

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  34. Meghan

    I’m very late to this post, but wow. I think the author’s response was unwarranted. He sent the book to you so you could REVIEW it, not so you could praise it when it’s not worthy of praise. I’ve read several self-published books and haven’t had a problem yet, even though I clearly criticized their faults. I think this is a fine review. We have to be honest – otherwise, no one will believe us when we do find praiseworthy books and we will serve no purpose at all.

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  35. avisannschild

    Wow, I bet this author didn’t know what he was getting into when he wrote that anonymous post. Good for you, Trish, for sticking to your guns (and for writing an honest review of this book). You’ve certainly inspired lots of other bloggers to blog on this topic! I hope there is no serious fallout from this for you. As others have said, I’m amazed that authors don’t realize how bad this type of behaviour makes them look. Shame on him for trying to bully you!

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  36. Author Christopher Meeks on Being Reviewed « The Book Lady’s Blog

    […] day for the book blogging community.  Trish at Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’? wrote a negative review of a book she received from a self-published author who ran a contest for his book. The author […]

  37. Susan

    Great Job!!! He really has a problem. I am going to be weary of self published authors. He reaally has a problem. He should be more thick skinned than that. May be he needs to get therapy…

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  38. Kiki

    Stand your ground Trish–what an egotistical jerk! You are doing him a favor reading his self publsihed work–he needs to get a thicker skin if he’s going to be in the writing business? Huh?

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  39. lisamm

    I’m chuckling because this review would have been buried under far more interesting posts a long time ago, but NOW because JOE BLOW just had to comment, there is controversy! And tons of comments! And this negative review that he wanted you to pull (ha!) is getting mega attention from tons of bloggers, plus extra posts from you and at least one of your friends! It’s just too funny!! Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle, snort snort!!!!! LMAO “But you got a free book, you ungrateful blogger!!!” LOLOLOL

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  40. Jeane

    I don’t accept many free books for review because I like to talk about why books are awful (when they are) but want to avoid this very problem… I make it a policy that whenever I do accept a review book, the person sending it to me understands that just because the book was free, doesn’t mean the review will be positive- that’s based solely on my reaction to said book, and personal opinion.

    I do hope that author came back and read all these comments!

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  41. Tara

    Joe Blow sure doesn’t seem to be getting much traffic on his site!

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  42. gautami tripathy

    There are a few authors who insist on sending out their books to review. And when when you don’t like it, they are offended. I have had such instances but not to this extent. You keep writing what you feel like!

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  43. Wendy

    Good for you being honest, Trish. Any author who would come onto a blog and bash the blogger because they didn’t like her review is just unprofessional (maybe there is a reason he couldn’t find a publisher for his book!??!?).

    Authors need to know that simply sending a reviewer a free book doesn’t buy them a sterling review. I try to always be honest and fair, too. I don’t think you bashed him or “stuck it” to him.

    I got a furious, rude and completely ranting email once from an author who didn’t like the review I gave his book. I simply hit the delete button…and his response only solidified my feelings about his book (which was a memoir).

    One of the reasons I read your blog, Trish, is I always know I’ll get an honest review.

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  44. Corey Wilde

    Even bestselling authors get tetchy about bad reviews, or some of them do. Have you seen Tess Gerritsen’s bit of, ah, let’s call it emoting on the subject? It’s here:
    http://murderati.typepad.com/murderati/2008/10/can-a-bad-revie.html

    Some of these writers must never have had their work subjected to genuine constructive criticism before. I’m sure that in the case of self-published writers it’s very easy for them to dodge having critically objective eyes cast over their work. Family and friends will always say they love your work. I think every writer should have at least one class in beginning journalism or a writing workshop, where everything a student writes is openly critiqued in class by both instructor and students. Not only does it help develop writing skills, it also helps the writer develop a much-needed thick skin.

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  45. JM

    An honest review is much better than a fluff review. Period. Kudos to you. Authors who think self-publishing is a way around needing to develop a thick skin are sorely mistaken.

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  46. LisaLynne

    I am very lucky that I have never gotten this kind of reaction when I have given a negative review. I read the review, you mentioned the good things, the bad things, and delivered the news calmly. Joe Blow should have kept his mouth shut; instead, he riled up a pretty close-knit community. I might disagree with a blogger about their review, but I will absolutely defend their right to write their review the way they see it.

    >For example, there was a lot of chuckling going on.

    You know, I am reading The Book Thief and as much as I love it, there are a lot of words and sentences dropping from people’s mouths…but there is no way I would go back and count them!

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  47. Scobberlotch

    Please review my book and give it a bad review so I can get this much attention, too. 🙂 Ha ha!

    And thank you for educating me on “word whiskers.” I think I will start using them to beef up my NaNoWriMo word count.

    Chucklingly yours,

    K. Harrington

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  48. Stephanie

    The so-called “bad” review sure did generate lots of comments! I probably wouldn’t have read your review, since the subject matter doesn’t interest me, but since Mr. Blow got all huffy I just had to read it. Now I know that this book is not for me. Seems like getting mad at a book blog reviewer has backfired.

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  49. Lorin

    I’m late, so i won’t comment on the controversy (other than to say I agree with everyone else here that you did the right thing). But I liked your snarky remark about Google Alerts. I think half the hits on my blog these days come from authors self-googling (if that’s a word). Not that its a complaint, I’m just amused.

    Also, I like the term “word whiskers.” I’m with Scobberlotch — off to bump up my NaNo word count with ums. =)

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  50. Lori L

    I also agree with the other comments. An honest review is what I look for when I read book blogs; anything less and I will no longer be reading that particular book reviewer. Keep up the good, honest reviews!

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  51. SANDY

    Wow, isn’t the definition of a review…..from dictionary.com

    9 dictionary results for: review
    Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) – Cite This Source – Share This
    re?view? ?/r??vyu/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [ri-vyoo] Show IPA Pronunciation

    –noun 1. a critical article or report, as in a periodical, on a book, play, recital, or the like; critique; evaluation.
    2. the process of going over a subject again in study or recitation in order to fix it in the memory or summarize the facts.
    3. an exercise designed or intended for study of this kind.
    4. a general survey of something, esp. in words; a report or account of something.
    5. an inspection or examination by viewing, esp. a formal inspection of any military or naval force, parade, or the like.
    6. a periodical publication containing articles on current events or affairs, books, art, etc.: a literary review.
    7. a judicial reexamination, as by a higher court, of the decision or proceedings in a case.
    8. a second or repeated view of something.
    9. a viewing of the past; contemplation or consideration of past events, circumstances, or facts.
    10. Bridge. a recapitulation of the bids made by all players.
    11. Theater. revue.
    –verb (used with object) 12. to go over (lessons, studies, work, etc.) in review.
    13. to view, look at, or look over again.
    14. to inspect, esp. formally or officially: to review the troops.
    15. to survey mentally; take a survey of: to review the situation.
    16. to discuss (a book, play, etc.) in a critical review; write a critical report upon.
    17. to look back upon; view retrospectively.
    18. to present a survey of in speech or writing.
    19. Law. to reexamine judicially: a decision to review the case.
    20. Bridge. to repeat and summarize (all bids made by the players).
    –verb (used without object) 21. to write reviews; review books, movies, etc., as for a newspaper or periodical: He reviews for some small-town newspaper.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Origin:
    1555–65; < MF revue, n. use of fem. ptp. of revoir to see again ? L revid?re, equiv. to re- re- + vid?re to see; see view

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  52. SANDY

    Wow, you counted the chuckles- keep up the reviews…it is a great guide with honest reviews that make me pick up or not pick up a book.

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  53. stephanie

    Good job for sticking to what you believe. I try hard to be fair in all my reviews. But I do admit, it’s harder to be negative when you’ve been contacted by the author personally. Still….I’m always honest. People read these blogs to get honest opinions. That’s why I read them. I have a lot of faith in the words of my fellow bloggers.

    Keep your chin up. You DID THE RIGHT THING!!

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  54. rabbitreader

    I am “trully” impressed that someone who can’t even spell would choose to be an author as a career…

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  55. CB James

    55 comments!!! I’m a little jealous. 😉

    I didn’t even read your review at first, because I could tell by the cover that I would not like the book.

    I wonder if this sort of thing helps or hurts his sales.

    And I hope this is something you can move past quickly. If your review was your honest opinion, then it was fair. No one should ever assume a free book equals a good review.

    I bet MK at the New York Times never pays for her books and her reviews are famously bad. Very well written, but very very bad.

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  56. Matthew

    I have never got 55 comments in any one of my posts. Really! First of all, accepting free book doesn’t oblige you to give it a good review. Second, if your opinion is plausible, then it’s a valid review. I’m a bit reluctant about accepting a book from an author, who might assume that I will give a good review. At least this thread of comments have made the book popular, until now, I haven’t heard of this author nor any of his works. *Chuckle*

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  57. Sher

    I can’t believe how horribly written that excerpt is! This guy is a looney-toon, IN MY PERSONAL OPINION!

    I’m going to continue to accept self-published books… but, I am going to learn from your experience!

    LLLLOOOOONNNEEEY!

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  58. Sher

    P.S. In my PERSONAL OPINION, after reviewing his site… I am further convinced he looney!

    If my books were all titled:

    Purple Books
    Red Books
    Green and Glowing Books
    Yellow Books

    then, I would obviously have a creative block, right?

    Reading his published list was like reading:

    Here’s my brother Larry, here’s my other brother Larry, and this is my other brother Larry.

    Egads.

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  61. mari

    I look forward to more honest reviews.
    I read your review when you first posted and am now back after following a link from a BTT post. I am amazed by the reaction but not by the blogging/reading community. We want honesty and expect it from fellow bloggers.

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  62. Joe Cottonwood

    I’m late to the party. But I just want to say, speaking as a self-published author (4 books self-published, 6 books published by major publishing houses) that this whole incident saddens me. Please don’t refuse all self-published books, and please don’t assume that all self-publishing writers are jerks or that we all lack writing skill.

    One of my early self-published novels was picked up by a major publisher, translated into 7 languages and read by people all over the world. 30 years later, I still get email from readers – and it’s being reissued in Italy next year. All because I started the ball rolling by publishing it myself.

    Joe

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  63. Becky

    Whoa. I am WAAAAY late to this party, but thought I’d point out something that y’all seem to be missing.

    The author wrote this for you, Trish.

    Published it.

    For you.

    (chuckle)

    Sent it to you.

    With prepaid postage.

    He had a certain expectancy of acceptance.

    It’s kind of like when a guy takes you out on a date, buys you dinner and a movie…you go back to his house and you don’t give him that blowjob. You should be very, very sorry.

    (More chuckling.)

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