Good morning, and Happy Friday! I've got my cup of coffee, the weekend is here, the weather is nice, and my folks will be here for a visit. I hope you have fun plans for the weekend, I know I do! In fact, you'll get to read about the fun thing we're doing tomorrow sometime next week. Now, it's time for today's blog, so read on.
My book The Box received it's first review this week! Was it a good review? No, I can't say that it was. The reviewer felt my book was filled with gratuitous violence and bloody murders. Now, for a horror book, that sounds amaz...I mean, terrible! Who the heck wants violence and murder in a horror book?! Well, me, that's who....and most other people who buy horror books. *laughs*
I've been writing books long enough now that I don't get offended by people's reviews, because we all have the right to our opinions, but this one made me chuckle. I put gratuitous violence and bloody murders in my scary book! They also didn't like my ending, which I can see wouldn't be for everyone. Some people like their tales to be wrapped up neatly, where I like to defy convention.
All things considered, I'd say it was a "good review", and here's why:
1. Unlike reviews of my past books, they had no complaints about my grammar or made mention of any typos. This was something I worked hard at in this book when I was in the editing process, so yay me!
2. I wrote a horror book, and horror books -- more often than not -- employ violence and death. So, while they weren't fond of those plot devices, many people are. This means my books hit people where I want it to hit them.
3. They didn't review it like my last few books have been reviewed through the peer review groups I've been in. They weren't expecting "War and Peace" and for that, I'm happy. It's a campy horror book, let it be that way.
4. People who are looking for this kind of book will appreciate the fact that it has what they're looking for, based on the review.
But hey, don't take my word for it. Go buy a copy of the book yourself, and see what all the fuss is about! You know you want to, and for a cool $3.99, how can you lose? Find it here, on The Box's Pronoun Page.