Correction to the previous post: I don’t read 200 blogs (at least, I hope I don’t). I just had 200 blog posts to read.
I’m stealing Shiloh Walker‘s title because I don’t have the Title Gene and it’s a perfectly good title for what I have to say.
I rarely want to give out bad reviews, and when I do, it’s because the book made me bang my head again the wall.
Sometimes it is voice, pure and simple. I cannot stand LA Banks‘s voice. There are others, but thankfully, they have faded from my memory.
And I think I put more weight on voice than most other readers. I write as well, and the rare author who can switch off my internal editor is a very precious find. It is damn near impossible for those rare authors to do any wrong. A few others could get there sometime in the future, and they are unlikely to ever drop out of my Must-Buy list.
So I do try to mention things that I think will or could make me biased against or towards the book.
It’s different when it’s a plot issue. I know I really get into it when it’s a plot issue, because it’s something I can sink my teeth into. And once there’s One Thing that sticks in my head, I find another and another and another. Unfortunately, I know it’s going to be bad once I find that One Thing, but sometimes, I can’t stop myself from finishing it anyway, which means I find another and another and another. It’s like a trainwreck: the momentum is so great, you can’t stop it.
And sometimes, it’s really sad because I know I could enjoy this book, if only I hadn’t found that One Thing–that’s what happened with Summer Devon’s Invisible Touch.
But Shiloh’s post had more to do with how authors respond to reviews.
My post is rambling on to: how should reviewers respond to authors who respond to reviews? Especially bad reviews?
I’ve said this before, I don’t want flame wars on this blog. Which adds another layer to the conundrum.
I could just ignore comments, but that seems rather aloof, even if it is the prudent thing to do. I do try to do the prudent thing sometimes, which is why I’m not going to be the one who outs that author, who, btw, is out on the internets doing stupid things. Some will say it’s cowardly, and that’s probably true.
There should be an etiquette book for reviewers–Jane, you game to write it?