Comments: The Amazon Jungle

Joss, some days, there is no better cure for my morning that to drop by your blog. ROFL! I am thrilled to know I am not alone in my avid reading of Amazon reviews. I often read them just to see what idiot reviewed a Christian book as being "too religious," etc...

I have only had one review (okay, since i have only sold 2 books) at lulu and it is a DARN good review that makes me want to go hunt down the reviewer and kiss her full on the mouth.

Especially funny... today, I came to your blog directly from posting a review on Amazon (Prozac Nation, DVD).

Posted by Heather at October 11, 2005 11:47 AM

ROFLOL!! I read those reviews on Amazon when I feel like a) renewing my faith in people or b)confirming that people are stupid. (I recently bought a used copy of "The Historian" because the reviews on Amazon were so diverse. Turned out to be a horrendous novel written by a Genetic Academic with no business trying to novelize anything.) It's a good idea to be careful what you write on Amazon. When I discovered I'm the only human being who hates Harry Potter and thinks the books are the very ESSENCE of boring, I thought I'd shut up about that. You may commence outrage now.

Posted by Jilly at October 11, 2005 12:33 PM

Okay, I was enjoying this blog entry thoroughly but silently, right up to the last line. But then you made me laugh loudly enough that I frightened my baby into tears! (She's fine now that I explained the concept of Wendingo to her.)

Posted by laura at October 11, 2005 12:52 PM

I swear, when you post some of the things people have said or written about "gods in Alabama", I wonder if they even read the same book I did. "...not much about gods and not much about Alabama..."??? Uuuhhh.... I have no response for that.

Posted by DebR at October 11, 2005 2:00 PM

I'll second the nod for Bel Canto. I'm very selective about the fiction I read. Most of my literary diet consists of science and biography. When I read fiction it's because I have it on good authority that it is fabulous, and if I don't love it, I'll drop it after 100 pages.

Bel Canto is painfully beautiful. If you haven't already, read this one.

Posted by Mr. Husband at October 11, 2005 2:03 PM

Amazon reviews are so ... scary, you know? Because of the very things you describe. I got one bad Amazon review and was sunk in despair for days. But I have Moved On. Onward and Upward. If Bel Canto can get a bad review, then there really is no meaning in the universe. For that matter, if gods in Alabama can get a bad review, it's a pretty screwy world.

Posted by TrudyJ at October 11, 2005 6:00 PM

Lesbians really are not okay for the youth of america. Our youth need organic milk and more beatings. And Bel Canto.

Posted by Mir at October 11, 2005 10:42 PM

Another fun thing to peruse on Amazon is when reviewers get in fights with each other. This happens a lot when books dealing with Mormons are being reviewed. I recently read "Under the Banner of Heaven" and "Leaving the Saints" for my virtual book club, and you should see the Mormons and ex-Mormons go at it!

And yes, Bel Canto was exquisite.


Posted by Anne Glamore at October 12, 2005 8:58 AM

I now only read registered reviewers for content and anonymous reviewers for humor. If you check out Ann Rice reviews, I swear the exact same poster post the exact same review with the exact same text across different reviewer names and for several of her books, regardless of title or content. There sure are some wackos out there.

Posted by Shawn B at October 12, 2005 2:49 PM

I LOVE to read amazon reviews... particularly when I really either loved or hated a book, or movie, or CD, or other bit of media. I don't know why, I guess I'm just neurotic and need validation. (And in the case of your book, hon, I wanted to add to those who LOVED it! Seriously, best book I've read in I don't know when! I'm a stay-at-home mommy, and I actually took the time to write a little blurb about gods... probably all the while trying to get my little boy to let go of my pants legs.)

Posted by Jenn at October 12, 2005 11:53 PM

I've written a few reviews of books I really, really liked on Amazon. I ended up getting a CALL from an author and my quote and name, etc. ended up on the book's back cover with other comments!

Posted by Hannah at October 14, 2005 6:49 PM