Comments: 8
BrokenTune 3 weeks ago
Great review, Ani. :D
Ani's Book Abyss 3 weeks ago
Thanks!
I think sales would go up if she adopted your alternative title.

It sounds like the kind of thing that appears as a skit on British TV.
Ani's Book Abyss 3 weeks ago
lol As much as I'd hate to advertise for this book, at least the alternative title wouldn't give readers too many false expectations.
I second BT's "great review" -- and the quote you included is probably the most telling of all. She *is* doing just that, with no (or at best spurious) scientific and historic evidence to back her up.

This thing is $12.99 on Kindle -- seriously???
Ani's Book Abyss 3 weeks ago
$13.99 actually, so that was my mistake. I thought I had seen $12.99, so probably should have done my research first. =P

That quote sort of stood out to me, so I had it highlighted. I highlighted a dozen quotes as well, but in the end, I didn't feel like her work needed to be further quoted.

There was one particular sentence she includes in the chapter on Cholera, where she presents a long quote from a news article, where she follows up with: "That had... nothing to do with why cholera was subsiding," that made me roll my eyes. One, because she pretty much carries on including anecdotes that have nothing to do with the plague she's show-casing; and Two, because I'm not sure she really gets into how cholera was treated, nor the why of how cholera was actually subsiding.
Completely right about the marketing and title. I think this book has a place but very limited, especially with the pop culture references that are going to date it. The smallpox ended up being my favorite too because of how she went further into the disease.
Ani's Book Abyss 3 weeks ago
Hehe Sometimes the wrong title can really hurt a book, and the wrong kind of marketing strategy can as well. I wish the publisher or editor of this book would have kept that in mind. As much as I didn't really like this book, I do agree that it has it's own niche in the reading community.