Authors Beware

by Rebeca on March 19, 2010

I am nice, really I am. However, there are times when I read a book that I can get a bit annoyed. Why? Well, it could be for a number of reasons–the overall story didn’t seem plausible, the characters weren’t fully developed, the plot seemed too convoluted, or it was poorly written.

When I come across a book I don’t like, I tend to give it a fair chance up to 100 pages before I call it quits. I do this because I don’t want to waste my time reading a bad book, and I don’t want to write a bad review (or maybe you can interpret that as being a little lazy on my part).  But that’s not  fair, is it? Why only include the good books and not the bad ones?

I fear that some of my upcoming reviews (well, maybe not) will anger some authors. Is it to be mean? Not at all. It’s just my opinion of why I wasn’t entertained by the premise, became impatient with the characters, caught easy grammatical errors, and so forth.

I know some authors might get a little peevish and go as far as writing nasty comments on Twitter or Facebook, but I ask that you accept the review gracefully. I’d like to point out that I am not Michiko Kakutani, whose opinion carries a lot more weight than mine (and you really don’t want her to dislike your book). As for me I’m just one reviewer–of thousands on the Internet–who may have not liked your book, that’s all.

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