Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Worse Review of Orpheus and the Pearl!

Not nearly as detailed as the other, and really rather nasty throughout, but it's nice to have a little something sitting around to bolster one's humility from time to time!


Blogger Steven Pirie said...


Still, you can take some solace in that it doesn’t seem too professional to follow a review with a discussion of how best to burn the book. And this oddmonster person’s minions are just following blindly, after all. And they do say no publicity is bad publicity (whoever they are).

Hello, by the way… I found your blog through interest in The World is Dead.


2:29 PM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

Hey, everyone's entitled to their opinion. I just try to roll with it.

2:42 PM  
Blogger ChrisI1024 said...

What's his beef with your sentence structure? It makes sense to me.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Steven Pirie said...

This is true. And without doubt you've a healthy attitude...


3:40 PM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

Meh, it did make me think I probably had a lot worse sentences somewhere, if someone would really poke around. But again - not looking to debate critics: his/her opinion is duly noted, and I'll try to do better next time.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I read the review, I did think, "Wow...that was pretty mean." I mean, yeah, I've been cutting in some reviews I've done, with books that have really disappointed me. but I've also been lot more detailed in what I found disappointing. This guy seemed to be randomly looking for stuff to rip. Sure, the sentence he mentioned ran on a bit, but there wasn't anything wrong with it. In context, it was probably fine.

As for the whole idea that you must hate women because the narrator treats his zombie wife like a Dude, it's a novel not an autobiography. And she's a zombie. Usually, writers use them for target practice. Treating one with affection is actually a huge step up.

I also didn't care for the fawning responses to the review. One of the things I don't like about livejournal discussions is that they so often turn into mobs with pitchforks against a harmless target (even here, we're all basically agreeing with the OP). But that guy clearly likes to hear that he's special. A lot. That didn't give me much respect for his review above and beyond my other complaints about it.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent in a review to the HFR; soon as it's posted, I will make sure to send you a link.

-- C.

7:05 PM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

Thanks Christine! I mean, posting to bad reviews is fun, but posting to a good one would be nice, too!

8:30 PM  

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