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text 2014-12-13 11:27
Reading progress update: I've read 33%.
Anathem - Neal Stephenson
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text 2014-09-05 13:21
Sometimes they do it to themselves







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text 2014-01-04 03:08
If you really don't care, what are you doing here?

We have yet another author meltdown.


Oh, it's not a violent, rantin' and ravin' one.  Instead this one is the casual sort, the kind who repeatedly says he doesn't care about those 1-star ratings from people who didn't read his book but who just as repeatedly follows those people to every review and blog and website they frequent.


Yes, I'm talkin' about you, Tony McFadden.




Tony is outraged because someone gave ALL his books one-star ratings.  He is further outraged because when he called that someone on her behavior, she told her friends, and some of her friends proceeded to one-star his books, too.


Poor Tony apparently doesn't understand how GoodReads ratings work, because even though GoodReads (at least for now) allows readers to rate books based on their level of interest or enthusiasm before reading,Tony has labeled anyone who does so a liar.




Of course, Tony apparently also has never heard of the Streisand effect:  None of this would ever have reached the next level of discourse if Tony himself hadn't made a stink about it.


The thing is, Tony doesn't exactly live in a glass house and shouldn't be throwing stones.


Tony belongs to that outstanding group of "independent" writers who style themselves as "Awesome Indies"  http://awesomeindies.net/   They give each other glowing reviews and even have a "Seal of Excellence" that they can paste on their digital book covers.



For instance, here's Tahlia Newland's review of Tony's book Have Wormhole, Will Travel" posted on Amazon:





What's that in the fine print?  "Reviewed on behalf of the Awesome Indies.  I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review."


But, excuse me, Tony McFadden is also one of the reviewers at AI.








So, who's the liar, Mr. McFadden?  The people like Shelby who rated your book one-star because they had absolutely no fucking interest in reading anything you've written, or you who are just not quite telling the truth about your affiliation with the group that gives you its seal of excellence?


And what about those glowing reviews from that totally impartial, completely disinterested reviewer, Joyce McFadden:





Of course, an examination of Tony and his reviews wouldn't be complete without turning the tables.    Just as Tahlia Newland gave Tony's book a big fat five-star rating, Tony returned the favor for her.  And he didn't even bother to let anyone know that he received a free copy from his friend and fellow AI reviewer Newland.







Get over it, Tony, before it's too late.  Walk away and show us that you really don't care by, um, not caring.  You've already done a helluva lot of damage to your reputation,  way more than Shelby did by giving your books one-star ratings.

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photo 2013-08-13 15:13

there's nothing like a book swap between friends.

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