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Posted on 4 Jan 2013 15:42:33 GMT
M. Dowden says:
Sou'Wester, I tell you what I hate. You see something on promo and there are no reviews for it here but you get to see the top US reviews. You do at times come across loads of five star reviews and so you download the book - only to find that no one has mentioned the fact that it is all full of typos and not properly formatted. Earlier on last year there was a cosy mystery set in Wales, but written by an American. It had loads of five stars on the US side, saying such things as that it was so authentic, and a great read. I never even got as far as the actual murder, I gave up by the second chapter. Two hours by coach from Park Lane in the morning to Stonehenge, a break whilst they take a tour, and then half an hour from there to Hay. If that wasn't bad enough it told how we shut all the shops for a cup of tea at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, and the country comes to a stand still. : )

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2013 16:31:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jan 2013 16:32:28 GMT
G. Buchanan says:
What were they doing in London if it was supposed to be set in Wales?! Most places in Wales are a good five hours journey from London by train!

Posted on 4 Jan 2013 16:43:05 GMT
M. Dowden says:
I know, but they started off from The Dorchester or something after flying into the day beforehand. It was supposed to be some kind of package deal holiday I think. I don't know as I didn't finish it.

Posted on 4 Jan 2013 17:22:38 GMT
Nurrie says:
We all shut shop for a cup of tea and come to a standstill at 4 and this is considered authentic???? This is news to me!!!!!

Posted on 4 Jan 2013 19:21:37 GMT
I stop for a cup of tea at 4 oclock, and i do live in wales.

And if the Rugby's on, most ofthe country comes to a halt. perhaps the writer visited wales whilst the 6 nations was on?

Posted on 4 Jan 2013 23:48:45 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2013 10:40:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jan 2013 10:42:14 GMT
Obelix says:
"I wrote a negative response to a book but I had so much hassle from the author and her mates that I deleted it myself. It wasn't worth the bother. The pathetic verbal abuse was uncalled for. "

Write a negative review for one of Peter Hitchens* books, and enjoy the spectacle of a grown man throwing a volcanic temper tantrum.

I remember one sentence I wrote almost caused him to explode: it was 'this feature-length screed bears as much resemblance to English as sawdust does to a live tree.' Looking back, I wish I'd done far worse.

(*The columnist for the Hate on Sunday.)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2013 12:34:20 GMT
gille liath says:
Nice one. He seems like someone eminently worth goading - though I'm surprised that such a public figure doesn't have more sense than to respond to online reviews. He's on a hiding to nothing there.

Did the privilege of being able to slag it off make reading whatever book it was worthwhile?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2013 12:37:48 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2013 12:45:49 GMT
Cassandra says:
I think it's very worrying they arbitrarily decide what reviews to delete

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2013 12:47:35 GMT
Cassandra says:
I agree the five star reviews that amassed on this book after I posted one critical review was utterly increduous turns out Amazon itself had done a q and q with the author etc and because the publisher was recognized and a heavyweight suddenly there were like 300 positive reviews in the space of 24 hours after my one post ! Laughable .

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2013 12:48:28 GMT
Cassandra says:
Hi there that's horrible you should not be bullied into liking a book just because the author says you should !

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2013 13:41:24 GMT
Obelix says:
A little, GL. But getting the better of him - a salaried journalist with an acute case of 'don't-you-know-who-I-am-syndrome' - in the subsequent exchange was far more satisfying.

From what I've seen of him on the panel shows, I hope more people call time on him and his calumnies.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2013 13:57:34 GMT
gille liath says:
Okay, I'll bite: which book is it?

I think he's a loathsome character, and his views as unbalanced as his brother's.

Posted on 5 Jan 2013 21:38:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jan 2013 21:39:08 GMT
Obelix says:
The Broken Compass. I took the review down in the end.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2013 21:48:42 GMT
gille liath says:
It doesn't seem to be there now - only a characteristically truculent comment of yours on another review. Maybe yer man had the last laugh after all.

Posted on 5 Jan 2013 22:30:20 GMT
Obelix says:
That never happens. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2013 22:31:41 GMT
gille liath says:
I like the cut of yer jib, young feller. So he hasn't succeeded in getting it deleted?

Posted on 5 Jan 2013 22:36:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jan 2013 22:37:19 GMT
Obelix says:
Nope. I just took it down after about three weeks of him turning from angry red to apopleptic puce. If Hitchens is an oaf, hardcore fans of his are even worse.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2013 22:39:38 GMT
gille liath says:
Ah. I think this is where we came in...

Posted on 6 Jan 2013 06:28:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jan 2013 13:25:27 GMT
A few years ago one of my 1-star reviews for a Kindle e-book was deleted as the female author (who was self-published) complained to Amazon that I had apparently libelled her by writing a negative review. Others also here on the forum and in the book's comments section compalined that this author had reported unfavourable reviews and they had been removed.

At the time her book had roughly 1.5 stars from around a dozen reviews - now it has 4 stars with most of the negative reviews deleted. Funny that eh?

The author was always on the forum promoting her book in just about every topic and became quite aggressive when people asked her to back off as they were sick and tired of indie authors hijacking topics with the sole purpose of promoting their own books.

So beware when purchasing a book from an indie author. If it has too many 4/5 star reviews (which all sound too good to be true) and only a couple of 1-star reviews then it's very possible the author has complained to Amazon to have them removed. Try a sample first before purchasing.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2013 07:56:36 GMT
Ethereal says:
I guess the lesson is don't get into forum discussions/disagreements with authors so Az have no reason to designate reviews as spite and delete them.
It seems both "sides" are learning to play Az systems which makes a mockery of the whole review process, yet sp authors are crying out for reviews and they'll be the biggest losers.

Posted on 6 Jan 2013 16:27:15 GMT
It's just all wrong. People, even if there's a dispute, should not take it out on authors' books, and authors should just leave the reviews alone. Don't tinker with the system; it'll backfire eventually. I must say I'm getting fed up with all the review outrage. Authors should get in touch with review sites and just accept it when readers aren't smitten by their books.
It can be so simple.
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