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Offline Mads Sorensen Reading A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter
18 Apr 2017, 08:56 AM | Post: #171

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RE: One Star Reviews

I just had a cracking one of 15000 Feet Below. If all low-star reviews were like that, I shouldn't complain.

1.0 out of 5 stars AN INCREDIBLE NOVEL
By Scanner on 17 April 2017
Regrettably I mean that literally, this novel is completely unbelievable. In fiction it is not uncommon to have to suspend disbelief for the sake of the plot - it's not desirable, but a little can be tolerated. However with "15,000 Feet Below" it is not merely necessary to suspend disbelief but the unfortunate reader has to hang it by the neck until dead and then draw and quarter it for good measure. It was just impossible to take on board all the coincidence, happenstance and circumstance that occur in this "plot" and eventually it gets to the stage where you just have to give up - I made it to about half way then skimmed the rest just for the completeness of this review.
The author does reasonable characterization and good action sequences although again the tendency to pile coincidence upon coincidence gave a very "Hollywood" feel to it - I lost count of how often chance intruded (at the last minute, of course) to stop "our hero" from reaching the oil-drilling platform in order to frustrate the "bad guy's" plan only for good luck to drop into his lap and set him back on course but it really did get to the laughable stage.
If the ridiculousness of the plot was overcome (partly by cutting out all the familial coincidences) this could make an excellent action/thriller movie but as the novel it is, I would strongly recommend leaving it "15,000 feet below" surface.
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18 Apr 2017, 09:11 AM | Post: #172

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That is quite an amazing review, Mads. Something tells me the reviewer may well be a frustrated writer themselves!

I've had a few one-star reviews for my short story Signal Failure, but only one of them took the time to promote somebody else's short story:

1.0 out of 5 starsNot for me Sad
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This did not work for me at all on any level. Emily trapped on the London Underground and strange things happening. How to get out? Where have the people gone. The story soon lost my interest and I felt little or no empathy with the characters, at least it was short and the tube journey was soon over! If the spookiness and claustrophobic atmosphere of the London Underground is to your liking then I strongly recommend Bakerloo Line Train by Tim Reed, at only 14 pages long it is very imaginative....this is what I said on my review in 2012.....""John continued staring until the train moved on, and her peculiar words floated back to him, resonating with threat "We'll all cook before the end" A great line in what is a cracking short horror story by a very talented author. A pulsating London, a crowded tube station, a busy rush hour and always the fear of the unknown...all these ingredients come together to make this novella an exciting albeit short read. Who is the mysterious John Rowe, where is Melody the girl he wants to marry, what is the significance of the Lady and the child and what part does the young Asian gentleman play??? All is revealed in a surprising and timely conclusion but let's leave the final word to the woman announcer "This is a Hell-bound train...to your impending demise"...read and enjoy Smile)
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Offline Dorte Hummelshoj Reading Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton
18 Apr 2017, 10:25 AM | Post: #173

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I can see it's impossible to live up to the level of your reviewers Shocked

1.0 out of 5 stars
Not even a distraction
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Offline joo Reading Off The KUF Vol I
18 Apr 2017, 11:25 AM | Post: #174

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Dave - if someone skip reads that review, they'll end with "read and enjoy" and assume it's about your book.
It took me a few goes to work out what that 'great line' meant.
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18 Apr 2017, 01:34 PM | Post: #175

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RE: One Star Reviews

(18 Apr 2017 10:25 AM)Dorte Hummelshoj Wrote: Wrote:  I can see it's impossible to live up to the level of your reviewers Shocked

1.0 out of 5 stars
Not even a distraction
ByIEon February 9, 2017
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Amateurish and dull.
Dorte, I think I might get the prize for the shortest one star 'review'. This is one I got for Treespeaker some time ago...

"Never got it." 

That's it. 

 Whether he meant he never received it, or whether he meant he didn't understand it, I'm not sure. That's why the word 'got' should be banned from the English language. Smile
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18 Apr 2017, 04:28 PM | Post: #176

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RE: One Star Reviews

I've had my fair share of one stars, although none were particularly witty. Sometimes I check out the reviewer's other reviews, and I've found they often leave a high proportion of poor reviews. One in particular (I won't name her) left several along the lines of 'I've enjoyed this author's other novels but this one was rubbish.' Did she leave five star reviews for the books she'd enjoyed? No, not one!

Obviously readers are free to review as few or as many of the books they read as they like, but it comforts me to know my poor review is from a person who could be described as a negative reviewer.
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Offline cecilia_writer Reading Murder by the Glass by Lynda Wilcox
18 Apr 2017, 05:46 PM | Post: #177

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I was really glad to see this thread pop up again as I had only the other day noticed two dreadful reviews on different books of mine. Sometimes I think readers want you to write the same thing over and over again but making it just slightly different from the one before as well. A review on amazon.com started by complaining about me writing about mathematicians but actually I didn't read the review through to the end in case it got worse than that!
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