Friday, February 21, 2014
Did I read it wrong?
The one star review was just a review about the injustices of kindle books and how they couldn't lend the ebook to other people.....
Well, right now this happened to me. I read this book that shall currently remain unnamed, and I completely hated it. I had so many issues with it and I have so many sections highlighted and notated with problems I found in the book.
So my question is DID I READ THE BOOK WRONG?
I mean 132/163 reviews ADORED it on AMAZON! How is that possible. So then I headed over to Goodreads to see if maybe the reviews over there were more on my side. 1202 people gave it five stars, 656 people gave it 4 stars, 282 people gave it 3 stars, 52 gave it 2 stars, and EIGHT PEOPLE gave it one star (One of which was me...)
My first response was a snort. Because it had to be a mistake, right? But then I started reading reviews. Some of my favorite authors LOVED it. The reviews for it were positively glowing. EVERYONE, but me loved it. And at first I just couldn't understand why.
For the most part I'm a pretty favorable reviewer. I didn't feel out to get the book, I actually for the most part enjoyed the first one. (There were major flaws, but I gave it a solid three stars) And then this happened.
I am the black sheep of this book. I have to say I'm a bit surprised. This is definitely a new... shall we say experience for me.
My second reaction for this entire experience was: Did I read the book wrong? How can this really be possible?
The truth is I still have no clue how this happened. Even as I reread sections of the book while writing my review, I found that extreme dislike I had for it again and again. I tried and I tried to look at it with fresh eye, but all I could see were the obvious flaws.
Like FOXGLOVE is poisonous, not a tea that will instantly heal you.
Or the incredibly high pain tolerance of this chick. If I broke and bruised a few ribs and then pulled a muscle or something (can't remember quite what) in my thigh, you would see me on the ground, screaming in pain, not scaling walls and killing (or should I say trying to kill) people like a boss.
Or the blatant trashing of agnostics and atheists.
Yeah... that all plus a lot more.
And I'm not saying that I can't understand why people DO like this book, because if I could overlook some of this I think I might find it a bit more enjoyable, It's the fact that NO ONE else sees it my way. This book has been out for about three years, and yet no one has written a review that even remotely agrees with my opinion. (The one two star Amazon reviewer did comment on the high pain tolerance though...)
I guess that this post was more of a rant post. It's been a few months since I actually read the book, but today I was going over some old draft posts and saw my review. (Which is a whopping 3,000 words) I never posted the review just because I hate being the back sheep. I don't like being wrong. And somehow it just kind of scares me that my views were SO DIFFERENT then everyone else's. (I also mentioned some issues with the bashing of people who don't believe in G*d, and I didn't want to get any hate about that part....)
So have any of you read a book and been the black sheep?