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Subject: A priceless review and a give-away you probably don't want to enter
Date Posted: 10/20/2009 10:29 AM ET
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Heee, I'm going to have to repost my old review from amazon for tomorrow's Wall Banger Wednesday. Until then, Michele's is hilarious. I think Daphne could do this book justice though........

http://readersrespite.blogspot.com/2009/10/friends-dont-let-friends-read-bad.html

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 1:04 PM ET
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I think this book was on my WL at one time.  lol

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 1:41 PM ET
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Oh my, I just looked at the book page on PBS. There are 36 members wishing this. Why........

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 2:55 PM ET
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Bwahahahahahahaha, great review.

I've read some seriously bad historical fiction.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 3:26 PM ET
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Anne engages in hair-pulling, bitch-slapping, knockdown, dragout catfights with her 21st century rival Caitlyn.

She's kidding, right? Tell me no present-day editor allowed the author to suggest this.

Lie to me. Grrrr!

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 4:31 PM ET
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Erm, no she's not kidding. It gets even better, the heroine karate chops Henry's guards. Lol. It's self-published so there is no editor. I can't figure out what kind of a family would let someone do this. If you can't wait until tomorrow to read my review you can find it on Amazon. It's a scorcher  but I did pop $18 for it so I felt entitled.

Or better yet, go to Amazon and click on the search inside feature and chose a few surprise me's.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 4:59 PM ET
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Just read your review on Amazon.  Too funny.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 5:31 PM ET
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It was kind of mean of me to get Michele to read the book. I really should have burned it.

Date Posted: 10/20/2009 7:10 PM ET
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I had a book like that for Book Club that I swapped out here at PBS, and I felt terribly guilty mailing it out. I wanted to put a note in "this book blows, I'm so sorry" but didn't.

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 9:38 AM ET
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I wish more books that are this bad got reviews saying as much on this site. It's weird how some popular books have ratings, but no comments. Very frustrating. Of course I can look elsewhere, but it'd be nice to have at least a few reviews for each book to get a sense of the range of opinion....


As for this book, it sounds like a rancid turd to me. Time-traveling historical fiction is not my cuppa, at all.

ETA: Hah, it's hilarious that out of the 11 5-star reviews for this book on Amazon, 6 of them were done by people with no other reviews, and 4 were given by people who also reviewed between them nail polish, a Vegas travel guide, a Clay Aiken cd, a Pokemon game guide (on the same day) and Smith's A Rose for the Crown (on the next day). Author lives in Minnesota, 4 reviews are from MN. Completely unbiased opinions, IMO! :P



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Date Posted: 10/22/2009 2:36 PM ET
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I've read some horribly awful H/F too, but this one sounds like it might be the worst of the worst. I'm curious to see if the WL here has gone down any since this thread started. It's probably at zero now, lol.

Karla, there are probably so many ratings without comments because of the site-wide "forced ratings" we had to give a while back. Or, maybe they don't leave comments because they don't want to discourage anyone from requesting the crappy book from them. We have to earn credits here, even for the crappy books! :-D

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 2:43 PM ET
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I always write my bad reviews AFTER I've mailed the book :P



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Date Posted: 10/22/2009 4:44 PM ET
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Oh my God, your review on Amazon is hilarious.

I have to say that (although I might be pilloried for it) - the karate chopping reminds me a bit of a certain bare handed wolf killing...

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 6:50 PM ET
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Caviglia,  LOL  

Date Posted: 10/22/2009 8:04 PM ET
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These days I treat just about any review on Amazon with a big grain of salt unless it's a reviewer I've come across - and that doesn't count for Harriet and several other known shills. The HF readers at Amazon that actually review is pretty small so you come to recognize who is who fairly quickly. There is one who reviews the newest HF literally on release date and I always wondered until I was googling an author and found an interview with that reviewer on a *professional* review site. Top 100 ranking and nothing on the Amazon profile to indicate that this reviewer was getting ARC's and reviewing for another site, just a warm and fuzzy photo from childhood. I always wondered why she's minimum one star rating ahead of me every damn time - a three star from that reviewers = a dog of a book.

Although there are a lot of people with the "if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all" attitude but I don't agree with it. I can read a critical review and still want to read a book. If I'm having problems with a book those critical reviews can help me decide whether or not to read further. No one has to be as mean as me though. Daphne is much more tactful......