Sad Unreviewed Book is Sad

Remember when reviewing books on Amazon was the Next Big Thing and all the cool kids were doing it? It was so exciting to be able to publicly express your opinion on a book and know that hundreds or even dozens of other readers would take your opinion into account. Then everybody else in the interwebs got into the act, and reviewing became…well, less exciting. There were just so many other places to put our opinions and so very many lolcats.

Sad Unreviewed Book is Sad
The result? Books like my The Shadow of the Sun, which has sold nicely, is in hundreds of libraries worldwide, is up for the Compton Crook–and has only one review by a troglodyte. Seriously, go look. The reviewer didn’t even read the book.

I can tolerate it when a reader just doesn’t like my work. My work isn’t for everyone. Hey, I even kept my chin up after Publishers Weekly hit me with that right cross. But people who not only form but publicize opinions based on their own neuroses…that bugs me.

But I digress, as usual.

Here’s my point, buried in paragraph 5 (also as usual): Reviews still matter. You know that; every time you look at a book on Amazon, you also check out the reviews. We all do. And Shadow has no useful reviews, which is of no help whatsoever to prospective readers. Please, if you have read the book, whether you think it was the greatest contribution to fantasy literature ever or believe no evil like that should ever be perpetrated on the reading public again, please stop by and leave a few lines of opinionation on the Amazon sales page.

Please. Don’t let someone who formed an opinion on the basis of the back cover copy have the last word.

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2 Comments on “Sad Unreviewed Book is Sad”

  1. smboyce Says:

    Poor sad book. At least now you have some real reviews on there!

    It’s frustrating when people make inaccurate assumptions on almost no real information and then share them in such permanent and hurtful settings as your reviews. Sorry that happened to you.

    I actually think it sounds great. I have a Nook, but didn’t see an ePub version on the B&N site. Are you going to be able to put one up there soon?

    Stay witty,

    S.M. Boyce
    Author of The Grimoire: Lichgates
    “Once you open the Grimoire, there is no going back. You will be hunted. You have been warned.”

  2. Thanks for your kind words! I am grateful to have some more useful reviews on that page now.

    Mercury Retrograde books aren’t on Nook yet, largely because when B&N first began that program their handling of small press publishers left a great deal to be desired. But revisiting the Nook issue has been on my list for a while now.

    Meanwhile, if you want to pick up Shadow in ePub format, you can find it on our website Thanks for asking!

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