Fun Things to do When you’re Facebooked Out

You know what’s fun? I love to read the “Read my other Reviews” of people who have reviewed my books. And what I have found is that if they are not a fan of my fiction, they usually don’t like anything. I found one guy who had reviewed at least a dozen books (some that I had read and found fascinating) and the only one that this fellow liked was “Apocalypticon” (go figure) and he wasn’t too fond even of that one.

There must be a whole bunch of people out there who are just bitter with the world and they love to write bad reviews but never write a good one, unless it is about a book on quilting, scrap booking or visiting state parks.

That’s a shame. First, a disclaimer. I have been writing fiction for the greater part of my life, so I am not “hurt” by rejection of my work. I’ve had hundreds of rejections. That old wound healed over by the time I reached puberty. But let me give you a couple of examples of reviews copied directly from Amazon of one of my books and then I will ask you a question about them.

(Five Stars)This review is from: Tropical Knights (Jack Steven’s Adventures Book 1) (Kindle Edition)

tHIS IS a very well written book. I found myself turning page after page, not wanting to put it down. I really liked the character Jack Stevens and how his character was developed and also the carribean setting of this book. Anyone who is interested in a good adventure tale should read this book.

(Two Stars) This review is from: Tropical Knights (Jack Steven’s Adventures Book 1) (Kindle Edition)

It was just below average. And not realistic.
I would not recommend this book to my friends.
Doesn’t flow well

Okay, my question: How could two people read the same book and reach such wildly diverse opinions? There is NO equivocation here, one guy really liked it, the other guy really didn’t like it and I am sure that he strained a testicle to keep from giving it ONE star. Incidentally, the Two Star reviewer had only reviewed one other book and it was a freebie on “war and politics.” Now, I understand quite well that there is no accounting for tastes. This gent would probably not like my favorites from Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Grisham, Block, Parker, Klavan, Leonard, Smith, Hall, Hammett, Chandler and hundreds of others.

So what I do when choosing my next piece of reading material is that I look for a book that has a variety of ratings. And if the Five Stars outweigh the One and Two Star reviews I will give it a much closer look, realizing that there really are some people who just don’t like anything. Period. But it is what it is, writer friends. Live with it and keep writing.


About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on and available from . .
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