My Hobby: Reading 1-Star Reviews for My Favorite Books

September 25, 2011 § 22 Comments

You can’t make everyone happy.  That’s something I’m trying to teach myself before I find my own work anonymously reviewed.  Reading 1-star reviews for my favorite books started out as a way to emphasize to myself that it’s impossible to please everyone, but it has evolved into so much more than that.  I just think these are hilarious and an endless source of amusement.  Here are some of my favorites.  If you find some great 1-star reviews of your own, share them in the comments.

Harry Potter

“It is all about Harry…Harry walked down the hall…Harry saw the troll…Harry this, and Harry that. What about that Draco kid? Why doesn’t the author ever put anything in his perspective?”

And while we’re on the subject, why don’t we ever get to see the world from Voldemort’s point of view?  And where is Sauron’s perspective in Lord of the Rings?  Or Darth Vaders?  Oh right.

“Another large cliche that is found in the reading is how the plot is formatted. The storyline goes as follows: Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. It never changes.”

The ultimate cliche because every story uses it, and not just in books.  But come on J. K., how about a little originality?  Don’t worry though, all those other stories just get one star too.

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Book Review: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

September 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

To start with, I’m a big sucker for steampunk, and how could you not love that cover?  That said, I’m not a fan of zombies so it took me a while to get around to reading this one.  I shouldn’t have worried.  This isn’t even the first paranormal book (zombies are paranormal right?) I’ve enjoyed this year.  I don’t know what’s happening to me.

Set in 1800s Seattle, Boneshaker is the story of a boy trying to learn more about where he comes from and his mother who has spent years keeping it from him.  Also there are zombies.  And airships.  And crazy inventors.  Sometimes I felt like the plot was happening to the characters, rather than the characters driving the plot, but overall a good read, and on a lot of steampunk-books-not-to-miss lists.

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