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RE: One Star Reviews - Ken Magee - 09 Apr 2013 09:18 PM

Grace/Jonathan, This is the most helpful forum I know... I'm certain I'd have given up by now were it not for the support I've had from the members here.


RE: One Star Reviews - LindaGruchy - 09 Apr 2013 10:10 PM

(09 Apr 2013 07:42 PM)Jonathan Hill Wrote:  Yes, Grace, it's one of the reasons I love this place.  I wonder how many indie authors working in solitary confinement without the advice and support of fellow authors  would actually carry on in the face of adversity?

So true. A bad review can really undermine self-confidence, even in the face of good reviews.


RE: One Star Reviews - DavidHaynes - 10 Apr 2013 06:20 AM

I know it's not a one star but it feels like it! I think she's overated me.
It's for The Boy Who Kissed The Sky and it's on .com
Not her cup of tea then? .

2.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a story line, April 9, 2013
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RE: One Star Reviews - Dorte Hummelshoj - 10 Apr 2013 10:14 AM

David, if you check her reviews, you will see the fairly common (amateur?) pattern. This reviewer either loves or hates her books. Of course she is entitled to feel like that, but I wish more Amazon reviewers were just a tiny bit nuanced.
I have received two two-star reviews on Amazon.uk lately, and it's exactly the same pattern (when it isn't one-star reviews, which it could as easily have been Wink ): a handful of five-star reviews to favourite authors, and a few nasty ones to those they didn't care for.


RE: One Star Reviews - Chris Barraclough - 10 Apr 2013 10:15 AM

Always astounded by the level of exaggeration some one-star reviews stoop to. "The worst book ever written" seems a little harsh, but I've seen it on some perfectly good works - I guess some people really get emotional over books!


RE: One Star Reviews - Mads Sorensen - 10 Apr 2013 10:21 AM

(10 Apr 2013 10:15 AM)Chris Barraclough Wrote: Wrote:  Always astounded by the level of exaggeration some one-star reviews stoop to. "The worst book ever written" seems a little harsh, but I've seen it on some perfectly good works - I guess some people really get emotional over books!

To be fair, the same level of exaggeration goes for some five star reviews. In an ideal system, the bulk of reviews should be two, three or four stars, peaking at three. That way, five stars (and one) would truly stand out.


RE: One Star Reviews - DavidHaynes - 10 Apr 2013 10:23 AM

(10 Apr 2013 10:14 AM)Dorte Hummelshoj Wrote: Wrote:  David, if you check her reviews, you will see the fairly common (amateur?) pattern. This reviewer either loves or hates her books. Of course she is entitled to feel like that, but I wish more Amazon reviewers were just a tiny bit nuanced.
I have received two two-star reviews on Amazon.uk lately, and it's exactly the same pattern (when it isn't one-star reviews, which it could as easily have been Wink ): a handful of five-star reviews to favourite authors, and a few nasty ones to those they didn't care for.

Thanks Dorte. It's the world we chose to inhabit so we have to take it on the chin!  Yet it doesn't stop it from being discouraging!


RE: One Star Reviews - Kath Middleton - 10 Apr 2013 11:06 AM

I'm sure I can be - probably have been - accused of giving lots of 5* reviews. The reason is simple. If I don't think I'll like a book I don't read it. However, if I don't really enjoy it, it doesn't get one.


RE: One Star Reviews - Katherine Roberts - 10 Apr 2013 03:11 PM

I think "review" means something different from its meaning in the past? If a reviewer has been paid to read a book and write something about it (by a national newspaper, for example) then I think that reviewer has a responsibility to write a balanced review, whether or not it's their kind of book. You can usually trust that type of review... but not always, since a lot of peer reviewing goes on.

The reviews on amazon and Goodreads etc, however, show a lot more personal opinion. Someone buys a book, loves or hates it, and says so. They are not being paid, and so they feel they have a right to vent their anger if it turned out not to be their type of thing after all, or if they were misled somehow by the cover and/or blurb. Then there are gushing 5 star reviews perhaps posted by the author's family and friends... but over time, I think the reviews balance out as the book finds more readers.

If I'm thinking of buying something, I'll look at the reviews but discount the emotional ones and (unless they're posted by younger readers) the badly written ones. In fact, sometimes a negative review by someone who likes the type of books I don't read means I will try the one they didn't like!


RE: One Star Reviews - Jennie Lee - 10 Apr 2013 11:23 PM

Perhaps reviews should be restricted to official, unbiased reviewers and there should be a separate Opinions section for your garden variety reader.  I believe potential readers would have more faith in the reviewing system.

By the way, Katherine, many gushing 5 star reviews come from perfect strangers--and I mean perfect! Confused IMO.