So… given that ‘Silk Over Razor Blades’ will be out very soon I did a very stupid thing. Veeery stupid. 😦
I went onto Amazon and started reading the reviews of other books I’ve read recently. Books that I thought were pretty good. Some of them from authors under Angry Robot.
So many reviews. So many glowing comments. So many truly scathing comments. On one book, this chap wrote an essay on all the reasons why he hated the book. I’m not even kidding, were talking at least 1,200 words. In a review. On why he hated it!
I’m sure I’ve said before that evoking a reaction, good or bad, is part of the game here, but who really has the time to write so much on something that they disliked that much? It doesn’t make sense. does it? Or am I missing something. I must be. Yeah, must be. Because how on earth can someone justify talking about something they hate unless it’s really moved them. And it must have moved them, right?
Anyway, it was scary.
And it’s scared me out of writing a book review. At least for now. I’ll get on with it eventually, but for now I think I’ll just leave those reports, glowing, scathing or otherwise, to the ‘professionals’.
But it does make me think. I’ll need reviews on ‘Silk Over Razor Blades’ to 1) give it credibility to potential readers, 2) bump the book up the listings and 3) let me know what readers actually think of it.
But how much of that should I take on board? Should any author take on board? How much of it is the bad cheese a reviewer ate the night before, or the chip on their shoulder because their local supermarket ran out of their favourite chocolate? Truth is you’re never going to know. There’s nothing you can do about it either. So you kinda just have to decide what you want to run with and what you don’t. And the only way to make that judgement call – if there is a ‘way’ – is to wing it.
So what am I saying here? Are reviews bad? Yes and no. Do I want them? Hell yes and god no. Is there anything I can do about it either way?