Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Bad reviews of books I loved
I picked up a book off the "new books" display at the library the other day because it looked interesting, and then I went to Amazon to read the reviews. I've found that it can be easier to just zero in on the one-star reviews first, because the five-star reviews are WAY too common to be reliable. I've read some real stinkers that were rated five-star on Amazon, I'm just sayin'.
But then I got wondering, what would the one-star reviews of books that I LOVED look like? Hmmm.
Boy's Life by Robert McCammon is probably my favorite book EVER. Let's see what the one-star reviewers have to say:
"This is one of the most pointless books I have ever read."
"This is the most boring book I had the misfortune to read in high school."
"please do not read this book."
Oh dear. Tell us how you REALLY feel, one-star reviewers!
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski:
"Do not waste your time on this."
"The worst book I ever read!"
"I wish I had never read it."
Okay, okay, so let's try a book that EVERYBODY loves. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. SURELY no one can dog on Mockingbird, can they?
"It was one of the most boring books I ever read."
"If you suffer from insomnia, read this book."
"To Kill a Mockingbird is about as deep as a rain puddle."
I ... I guess there's just no accounting for taste. Huh.