“raymond carver on acid” says my book is “not bad”!

I guess I got lazy about egosurfing, because I only just noticed that my book has two reviews on Amazon, and both are horrible. My average “grade” is 2 1/2 stars, and the review currently at the top of the page starts with the inauspicious words “This is an incredibly miserable book”. God, I wouldn’t buy my book based on that. But heck, you know what, I don’t think the book is that “miserable”. I actually think it’s pretty damn good.

I actually wondered whether “Edwin C.” had something personal against me. Perhaps he’s just, as he writes, “really upset to have wasted my money on this trash” that he thinks may have been “written by a college student”, full of “superficial dribble filled with lame cliches and suffocating amount of block quotes”. “Edwin C.” himself is a college student, according to his profile. Maybe he was assigned the book and didn’t like having to read it?

Ah well. I don’t know about the clichÈs, but I like block quotes myself – I love actually getting to see the stuff itself, and I love it when authors give me lots of examples and show connections between them and to theory rather than just theorising in abstract. People like different things.

I think I’ll take the other review as a compliment, despite it’s less-than-euphoric three stars: “Expected more. Not bad. But there is more to study about blogging. I should write it. In fact, I will.” Click through to the reviewer’s profile and you’ll see he has lots of really interesting books in there – google him and it’s Michael Hemmingson, “Michael Hemmingson is a novelist, short story writer, literary critic, cultural anthropologist, qualitative researcher, playwright, and screenwriter who has been called ìRaymond Carver on acidî by literary guru Larry McCaffery and ìa disciple of a quick and dirty literatureî by the American Book Review.[1]” Even three stars by someone like that is pretty awesome – and I’d love to read a semi-fictionalised, autoethnographic criticism of blogging. I hope he does write about blogging.

I do agree with “Edwin C.” on one thing, though: “just use the “Click to Look Inside” feature on Amazon and check out the content and style and judge for yourself.”

I’m going to make sure I write more reviews of scholarly books I’ve found useful. Just so that Amazon.com isn’t full of reviews by the people who had to read a book for class and hated it.

And you know, if you’ve read my book and liked it, I’d love a review on Amazon.com or elsewhere. Even if you hated it, I do appreciate feedback.

13. March 2009 by Jill

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