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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 11:56:37 GMT
Anita says:
Dan, you are too sensitive, I didn't say you are untrustworthy, I just don't know you or your tastes :)

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 14:29:25 GMT
Dan Holloway says:
:) And yes, that's a very good point - recommendations aren't worth a lot if you don't know someone's taste. I'm a Murakami junkie. I guess my tastes would appeal to people who like David Mitchell. David Foster Wallace, early Brett Easton Ellis, maybe Tao Lin, and a fair mix of contemporary continental/south American literature - Jelinek, Herta Mueller, Bolano, Zambra :)

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 14:44:54 GMT
Marion Stein says:
It's a VERY good point. 100 5-star reviews from strangers would not persuade me to buy a book if there were comments similar to these below:

"Easily as good as Fifty Shades of Grey...."
"Reminds me of the works of the great Jacqueline Susann..."
"A thrill a minute. Even more of a page-turner than The Da Vinci Code."

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 15:44:04 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
Other comments (aka cliches) guaranteed to make me ignore any review: "I couldn't put this book down" and/or "I can't wait for this author's next book" - see that in a review and you can be pretty certain the review was written by the author's mother!

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 16:12:36 GMT
Booktigger says:
I quite often say I can't wait for the authors next book but Am no ones mother, if I like a book from a new author I will definitely read more

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 16:13:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013 19:29:46 GMT
I had a few reviews like that and they were from readers. I swear.

But it's a little suspect, I agree. Err, just to clarify. Not the reviews I received as those same readers are nagging me to finish the third book already.
And I had this on my thriller, which I've published under a different name. I sent it out to various blogs and reviewers and I had a few reviews saying they couldn't put it down and that they can't wait for the next book. Not all on Amazon, but on other sites, like Goodreads. So readers say things like that.

It's only suspect if you have ten or more two liners saying the same thing.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 17:52:41 GMT
Marion Stein says:
I'm sure there are shill reviews out there, but I know I've used the "couldn't put it down" or phrases close to it, and probably implied at least a few times that I couldn't wait for the author's next, and this has been in authentic reviews. Customer reviews are written by customers not professional reviewers and may contain stock phrases, too many adjectives and possibly hyperbole.

(If you look at any bestseller's reviews you'll see lot of reviews with exactly those kind of stock phrases used ad nauseam.)

I've read a couple of articles on spotting fake reviews (they weren't referring specifically to book reviews) and it was less about those kinds of phrases and more about stuff like over-mentioning the product name or repreating/rephrasing the blurb.

I would not pretend to be an expert on spotting a fake book review and wouldn't want to start making accusations without evidence about anyone's integrity. When I've had suspicions I've looked at stuff like date of review and date of publication, number of reviews all coming up at once, reviews that read like they are all hitting the same talking points, number of other reviews by the same "customers," etc.

I've been around forums and trolls enough to know that sometimes I'm dead wrong in my suspicions or sometimes I'm half-right which can be just as harmful. The best way to avoid being taken in by a fake review is to carefully read a sample before buying.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 18:37:32 GMT
Rachel Green says:
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Posted on 27 Jan 2013 19:13:40 GMT
If you are looking for a light and enjoyable read I would recommend Mr Garty's Goblins, this is a fantasy novel with some fantastic characters and humor in it. Worth a read at that price.Mr Garty's Goblins (The Garty Trilogy)

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 19:49:06 GMT
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Posted on 27 Jan 2013 19:56:08 GMT
nikkipickles says:
I really liked the Afterlife series after getting back in to reading after buying a kindle. I found with the second book I read it all day and a couple of really late nights to finish it. I didn't think I would like a paranormal book but I love the series so far and cannot wait for the next four books and the possibilites for the main characters.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 19:56:55 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 19:58:49 GMT
nikkipickles says:
I cannot cope with having to wait until the 14th February for the next book and have re-read the first two to keep me going.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 20:05:23 GMT
The problem with this book is that it started a huge argument on the romance forum when the author or the author's relatives started to plug it aggressively on every single thread, and when told that it's not ethical, responded in not such a nice manner. Put me off buying, despite the interesting premise.

I'm highly alerted and could imagine you and Nikki are related to the author and therefore can't take this recommendation seriously. This kind of behaviour by authors and their collective friends and family is exactly why readers are not believing reviews.
You may not be related, but after that episode on the romance forum, everyone who has only reviewed that particular book looks highly suspicious, even if you're just giving an honest opinion.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 20:10:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013 20:10:21 GMT
gille liath says:
Sounds great!

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 20:10:28 GMT
L.Huckle says:
The Last Taboo by Katherine Cassella is totally worth a read if you like erotica and unadulterated filth hahaha I loved it and its written really well 😃

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 20:11:58 GMT
nikkipickles says:
I can assure you that I am not related to the author or the other person I just really like the books and the fact that the author has managed to overcome her dyslexia to become a writer even though she was told she was never going to do it I really admire.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 20:12:34 GMT
gille liath says:
It must be - the forum's buzzing with it!

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 20:13:35 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 20:13:49 GMT
gille liath says:
Right - so you have no personal knowledge of the author? Do they advertise as 'Dyslex-lit'?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 20:22:37 GMT
donegalgirl says:
"None of her relatives are plugging the books on Amazon forums - all of us are genuine fans"

How on earth would you know that? You couldn't possibly know whether that was true so your comment is just stupid. But then that is much of a muchness with the the staggeringly stupid amount of sock puppet reviews and forum 'gossip' on that book. It is a shame that the idiots who post this sort of nonsense assume that other forum participants are equally stupid. We're not and can easily spot what is going on.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 20:37:02 GMT
nikkipickles says:
No I saw it on tv where the author was talking about it.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 20:47:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013 20:47:38 GMT
monica says:
It's not however a-buzz with surplus neural connections in the brain. One book has two recommendations in a short time, one of them under the author's name; another, that Afterlife dreck, has several recommendations, one posted by someone with a user name taken from a main character in the book. (The language in these posts is so often a giveaway anyhow: 'Comes with a health warning' is tell-tale.)

I do though--seriously--recommend ye look inside Afterlife. I read only the first paragraph and it made me--again, seriously--laugh aloud. I'm a past master of the polite chuckle but very little makes me laugh spontaneously. This did.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 20:48:48 GMT
gille liath says:
Well, okay. You've reviewed four things in total. Three are these Afterlife books, which have a history of being spammed; the other is a Hello Kitty blanket. And here you are plugging them again. You understand why we're sceptical?

As for the dyslexia, good for her but it has nothing whatever to do with the quality of the books.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 20:50:55 GMT
Anita says:
Donegalgirl - one *must* be a relative to know that the others are not... :)
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