A MAN OVERBOARD is up in the Kindle Store! Paperback will be available shortly. This is a much different book than my others. It's simple and quick in comparison! I'm also waiting to see what the reaction will be to the alternative epilogue linked to my site. This novel was fun to write. I started out intent on making it a short story, but it kind of took a life of its own. It's a short novel at under 70,000 words, but the paperback is still 328 pages due to its smaller trim size and its easy-to-read spacing. And so now I sit back and nervously await those first few reviews... Or I lose myself in my current WIP (a supernatural suspense novel).
John talks about his latest thriller in the Becker series, The Exiled Element. Check it out!
You can also find links under the interview tab and on the front page. Be sure to read the entire interview from the Mag7Event.
That's right! My new mystery thriller A MAN OVERBOARD is nearing the finish line and will hopefully be published in September. I'm excited about the novel for a couple of reasons. First, it's a new genre for me. It's also a lot shorter than anything I've done so far. Thirdly, it's written for mass market, so I'm hoping to gain more readers through it. I'm waiting on the edit while I add a piece of back story that will better explain one of the recurring themes. I'm also working on an alternate ending. Yup. An alternate ending. I plan on having a link to my website at the end of the book, where people can go and read the alternate ending for free on my site. We'll see how that goes:) No, it's not just a ploy to drive people to my site (though I hope it does:). I simply couldn't decide which ending to go with!
So what is A MAN OVERBOARD anyway? Well, for a little preview (I don't want to give too much away, I love a blind journey and don't want to spoil it for the others that do as well), a man and his wife go on a cruise. In the middle of the night, masked men awaken our POV and toss him into the ocean. Miraculously, he survives the fall and is rescued. But that's about as good as the news in going to get. Because he soon finds out that his wife is missing. And, upon returning home, his mother-in-law and son are gone without a trace as well. And then, of course, someone tries to burn down his house...
Sound interesting? As always, I'll be waiting with fingers crossed for the first reviews to roll in. But in the mean time, I should go finish the back story:)
You know those old guys that started this country back in the day? Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, etc...? Yeah, I didn't think so. Because if you did, you'd see straight through all this propaganda that has taken the news channels by storm lately. What am I talking about? I'm talking about the 2nd Amendment. "Ah!" you say, "I've heard of that! That's the piece of the Constitution that allows us to hunt ducks! The President just said that a couple weeks ago, that we Americans take our hunting very seriously!" Sigh. Well, since you haven't read the founders and since no one on TV would be caught dead quoting them, how bout we take a quick look at what the 2nd Amendment was really put in place for and why the founders considered it the patriotic duty of every civilian to be armed. It wasn't, as the mainstream media is so cleverly brainwashing you to believe, to hunt. Or even to protect yourself (though that was obviously part of it).
THE 2ND AMENDMENT DEBATE is obviously all over the corporate news channels, all of them debating or yelling about bans and more laws, etc. But as I listen to the debates on FOX and CNN I'm absolutely astounded that no one is addressing the purpose of the 2nd Amendment. Either they're ignorant of it or they don't want to engage the country in the real debate. I'm not saying we need more guns or less guns, I'm just saying, if you're going to debate the subject, have the right debate! The Amendment isn't only there so that citizens can protect themselves from crime. And so all this talk about how we have police now and don't need to arm ourselves is irrelevant. That's not why we have the right to bear arms. And the talk about not needing to have assault rifles to defend ourselves is also irrelevant in the face of the Amendment's true purpose.
"The government is likely to be well-administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism." - Ben Franklin
"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence...to ensure peace, security, and happiness, the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference; they deserve a place of honor with all that is good. A free people out to be armed." - George Washington
"The best that we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." - Alexander Hamilton
"Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive." - Noah Webster
There are tons of these quotes you can find from the founders that give you a clear picture of why the 2nd Amendment was actually written (some of the quotes are debated on line, but there are undeniably enough established quotes to convey the clear intent of the amendment even if some are found to be fraudulent). The purpose of bearing arms is to ensure the longevity of the Constitution. To ensure that the government will always be run by the people for the people. It's to make sure the government fears the people rather than the other way around. It's the safeguard against tyranny and oppression. It's to make sure that no Hitler comes to power here. That is the purpose of the 2nd Amendment, not just so we can protect ourselves from crime. Like I said, if we've gotten to a point in this nation where we're ready to open the door to those possibilities, banning what the founders considered to be the only thing keeping the government they were creating from ever turning against the people...then let's have that debate. I saw Stephen Baldwin praising the Patriot Act while saying the founders would have done something different had they could've seen the way technology would advance (implying that people shouldn't have machine guns, etc). But, like everyone else talking on TV, he misses the point. Based on the founder's writings, the people are to be armed so as to repel a Congressional army. O'Rielly wants all high-powered weapons registered with the FBI and agents following the person around. But that would completely defeat the purpose of the 2nd Amendment. All these windbags blowing smoke in the wake of these sad tragedies are disgusting and are only mocking the memories of the victims. If you're going to debate, have a real debate, not a manufactured one in which you rewrite all the definitions in order to steer people to a forgone-conclusion of your own making. If you're going to debate the 2nd Amendment, be honest about why it was written and then go from there. Thomas Jefferson said, "Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not." If the nation no longer feels this way, THEN the debate can shift to self-protection, victim-disarmament, guns in the hands of drugged-up wackos and gang members, whether or not a sinking culture should be armed, whether we trust the government and any future one well enough to completely subject ourselves to it. There should also be a debate as to how relevant the purpose for the Amendment even is anymore. Obviously citizens are now completely outmatched by law enforcement and intelligence agencies and the military. If the nation did plunge into tyranny, armed as we are now, could we even adhere to the Constitution's instruction of overthrow? If not, then what's the point of still being armed for this purpose?
If there is a "gun control" debate, it should be this: has government evolved to the point where its people can hand over its guns? Can we trust that our government (especially in the wake of Patriot acts, extraordinary rendition, the threat of martial law, etc...) will never turn into anything other than a government for the people by the people? That should be 2nd Amendment debate, because that's what it is about. Keeping the government honest. Every dictatorship in the past can be seen first registering guns then confiscating guns and then taking over their defenseless subjects. Would that ever happen here? Who knows. But the founders included the 2nd Amendment so that door would never be opened. Do we want to open it? And, another question that must be asked, is why our government wants to take the guns away. When the founders put in place a prevention against tyranny, why are those we elected to uphold the Constitution wanting to remove that fail safe? To protect the victims of senseless crime? Then why aren't they even bringing the true meaning of the Amendment to light? Why are they trying to trick the masses into giving up hunting rights in order to protect innocent lives rather than having a real debate about giving up the right to protect themselves against a tyrannical government in order to protect innocent lives?
I just want a real debate!
I decided to go ahead and put my novel Progeny up for free again for a few days after the initial sales boost from the last promo seemed to settle down. This time, however, I posted the news to Facebook pages, book sites, etc (thanks to all those sites...World Literary Cafe, Pixel of Ink, Independent Author Network, All things Kindle, and so many more...and thanks to Doug Dorow for turning me on to them:). Well, by the end of the third day I had acquired the #1 spot in a few of Progeny's genres. And, I figure, once you make the #1 spot, the spot itself starts promoting the book. So I decided to go with it and added another day. The next day I actually got the #1 spot for mystery/thriller and #16 overall in the Kindle store. So I used my last day to ride out that achievement, too.
All in all, I sold about 24,400 free copies over the five-day promo. For some reason, only about 300 in the UK (last time it was 6,000). So, now I'm set to wait for the aftermath, to see what those free sales would do to my regular sales. Last time, it really sent my sales through the roof (comparatively), but now I've been hearing how Amazon switched up a few things and authors weren't seeing the same boost anymore. Well, it's been over a week since the promo and my regular sales ranking never broke over 1,000. I believe last time it reached low hundreds. But, it's been consistent, hovering back and forth between #1,600 and #3,000. Yes, my sales more that tripled as a result of the promo, and at my highest set price thus far. In fact, the borrows are keeping pace with the sales, and at one point, they were actually tied. I'm also seeing a little pickup in sales for my other novels, which is good. So far, I've gotten three reviews (can't be sure they're from this last promo, though) since, and they've been four and five's, so I haven't gotten that dreaded 1 star promo yet.
With all that good stuff said, however, it seems that the news I was hearing was right. While I'll take an increase in sales (by now it's more like 5x my norm), it isn't anywhere near what it was just a month ago when I last did my promo (selling 24,000 free copies- so the numbers are about the same). And reading other authors' testimonials of the huge success they had in the early days of Select promos, it seems I was too late in getting on that boat. So I'm wondering how many authors now will skip out on the Select program now that the return isn't as good as it once was. In fact, it seems many authors are tired of selling their book for free at all. If the number of borrows go down, I think we'll see a lot of Indies jumping ship. I'm not sure why pubit isn't doing anything to match Amazon, but if there was any kind of format available through Barnesandnoble.com via the Nook, I think many authors would have already elected to return their books to the Nook shelves. We'll see. Seems change is in the air, and everyone's awaiting the next big thing. This time, whatever it is, I want on it in the beginning, not the end.
I'm sure that by now most authors out there have experienced the ravings of an angry reviewer, a person that hated your work for reasons other than objective criticisms concerning the quality of the work. I'm speaking of the reviewer that didn't like the content of the work, and so decides to tell the world that, objectively, the work is a piece of crap. Totally subjective in nature, but advertising as objective truth - their truth, which as far as their ego is concerned is the only Truth. Therefore, in the courtroom of literary judgment, they swing the gavel that passes the sentence for everyone. And we should all bow down before their opinion and thank them for enlightening us with their egocentric and narrow-minded declarations. After all, they just saved us from reading crap. And crap, by the way, is crap. Who wants crap? I don't want crap? Do you? So the insinuation is two-edged...don't read this crap because it's crap and no normal person likes crap, and if you do like it, well...you're not normal...you're a freak that likes crap. And thus the universal decree is passed by the angry reviewer that thinks we all care what they think of themselves...because, in their minds, they are the standard of normal, and every normal, sane, and logical person has to share their opinions. They are the god of normal. Of what is true. And so what they say goes. For everyone.
Clarification: there is nothing wrong with critical reviews. But here's the point of this post...to those readers that just read a book they didn't like...think before posting a rant. Think about what the post is going to say about YOU. That's right. In many cases, the review says more about the reviewer than it does about the book they're reviewing. For instance, some of my books deal with Christian themes. Okay, I get that it's not everyone's cup of tea. Fine. But don't trash my book by calling me narrow-minded and a bigot. Not unless you want the world to know you're a complete hypocrite. After all, who's the one being intolerant and going off on rants? Not me, not my book. So rather than just saying, "I didn't like this book because the author references God and faith and I'm an atheist" which is completely fine, they have to go on and on with the name-calling, letting everyone know how angry, ultra-sensitive, and immature they are.
I just got a review from a person that complained, "Do not even begin to read this book unless you're a conspiracy theorist, believe the Mayan calendar crap or enjoy listening to a hard core Christian spew his fantastical preachings."
First of all, I don't know what conspiracy theories she's referring to unless she's been trained to call anything a "conspiracy" that isn't popular in mainstream thinking. And the Mayan Calendar crap is an interesting part of the story, an element that ties into the overall work and was meant to make someone ponder certain possibilities as it did I. Nothing more. Again, someone is hyper-sensitive. And as far as my being a "hard core Christian" - well, I guess I'll take that as a compliment. Don't know anyone that would accuse Jesus of being a bad guy, so...thanks! "Spewing" fantastical preachings? I don't know what that means. I get that some people would rather drink piss than read a Bible reference, but the book has 29 reviews that came from a general market. 23 of them gave it 5 stars. So who's intolerant? The person labeled the review: Beware: Christian proselytizing. Yes, BEWARE! The book might turn you into a zombie or burn you at the stake! BEWARE! Proselytizing? Seriously? Because the story finds its elements in ancient scriptures and tries to make sense of mysteries that no one has answers to?
"Was nothing but a bunch of senseless Christian drivel about apocalyptic prophesies. The last chapter was nothing but that, a total add on that had nothing to do with the story at all."
Senseless drivel? Whatever. But the complaint about the "last chapter" being a "total add on" was actually the epilogue. In fact, I wonder if this person ever even read a fiction book before. Because it sounds like she's treating it like a non-fiction work that is making objective claims. It's called SPECULATIVE fiction for a reason. But, since this is the only novel she's rated on Amazon, maybe she doesn't know the difference.
She then goes on to say that the description of the book should disclose that it is full of "senseless Christian drivel" and "wacko conspiracy theories." Seriously? Because she's so offended by them? Maybe that should be printed across the front cover of the book. WARNING: CONTAINS WACKO CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND BIBLE REFERENCES. NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL AUDIENCES. And then maybe a disclaimer: What is meant by "conspiracy theories" is up to the mind of each individual reader and cannot be objectively defined since ultra sensitive minds like to refer to anything they've never heard before as a conspiracy theory. Also, many conspiracy theories are not theories but probabilities, and whether or not a theory or probability is "wacko" is also to be determined by the expert opinion of the reader. In short, this warning is pointless. You will either like this book or you won't. Duh. However, if you hate the Bible so much that the mere mention of it makes you want to get a gun, then please don't read this book, because it's full of senseless Christian drivel. Beware, it will make your anger issues worse, and you may end up committing crimes on a massive scale. However, if you, like most people, are open-minded and tolerant, you probably won't mind the biblical references and the POV's faith. Again, you will either like it, or you won't.
In the end, these people that are so furious at having been exposed to ideas they don't agree with seem to want warnings all over the book that say, "YOU MAY NOT AGREE WITH THE IDEAS IN THIS FICTION, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK." But such a notion is ridiculous. Ideas shouldn't be censored, and the people that are afraid of ideas or hyper-sensitive to them should realize they're in the minority and that author's don't have to cater their marketing strategies to their anger issues.
I didn't mean to make this a post about a bad review I got. I've gotten to the point where I couldn't care less about them. But this one made me think, not about my work, but about the mindset of the reviewer. What would make someone who had never reviewed a novel before post this one? From appliances to novels? What is the psychology behind these posts? What satisfaction do they get out of them. I'm not upset, in fact, I'm glad the post came in. I'm almost thinking about marking it as helpful because anyone that would agree with such a review I obviously don't want reading it. It wasn't written for them. The only reason I don't is because I think her hyper-sensitiveness misrepresented the book and may turn people away that might actually find it interesting. Maybe not. Who cares? I wrote it because the ideas fascinated me and thought there may be others who would marvel at such information.The point is, dear reviewers...understand that your reviews may actually tell the world more about you, give a glimpse into your mind and heart, than the book you're trashing.
And to all those who read my book or any other author's book and hated them, and to all those that will hate them, on behalf of writers everywhere, I apologize from the bottom of my heart for the misery we've put you through. I am sorry that we didn't have you specifically in mind when we set out to tell a story and that you were tricked into thinking we did. However, may I suggest reading the reviews and looking through the product tags before purchasing. You'll save yourself some agony and the rest of us from experiencing your wrath.
As far as the review I mention, I must at least thank the person for a two-star review. Given how much she hated the book, it was actually nice of her to throw an extra star in there. So this post isn't all about one review but many reviews I've read for numerous books by many different authors. I apologize to the reviewer for singling her out in all this.
_Click on the link below to go to his site and see how strange I am!
A couple weeks ago, I wrote a blog post entitled “The Negative Effects of a Low Average.” It basically showed how a low rating on a book could really hurt its Select promo days, as I believed it did mine. The first time I ran a Select promo was with my novel The Solomon Key. I had it listed on a couple sites and tweeted about it. At this point, it didn’t have any reviews. I sold 1,800 free copies over the two-day sale. With my Select days about to expire, I figured I’d finish them out over a three-day weekend. By now, I had one review on Amazon. 5 stars. Well, don’t you know that the day before the promo, a 1 star review pops up, giving it a 3 star avg. 2 Reviews, 3 stars… not the best. However, I then went over to the Kindle store in the UK and found that it had two ratings. Both 1 star. Grrrr… Well, over those three days, I sold about 400 copies of The Solomon Key, the negative reviews killing my promotion.
Now, my other novel, Progeny, is a different story. This novel has 15 reviews with a 5 star avg. I scheduled Select days to run the 14th-16th and then decided to run a one day primer this past Sunday – Easter. I didn’t schedule it with any sites, didn’t send out any emails, nothing. All I did was tweet. A lot. And with only 1500 followers, there was no guarantee I would have much success. Especially coming off the three-day Solomon Key debacle.
But the power of high averages and good reviews seemed to make all the difference in the world. Whereas my 3-star Solomon Key sold 400 copies over three days, Progeny sold over 1,500 in one. So yeah, it seems that reviewers really do make a difference in the author’s success. Which is why we Indies need the people that like us to review our novels on Amazon in order to counterbalance those that hate us! I’ll let you know how my “primer” impacts my upcoming three-day promo! In the mean time, check out the trailer for Progeny on the front page!
A couple months ago, I used two of my Select days for my newest novel, THE SOLOMON KEY. Over those two days, I sold 1800 free copies, earning me the #4 spot in free action/adventure in the UK. While the 1800 copies was good for me, the promo failed to touch the success other indies typically have on their Select days. Perhaps it was because there were no reviews posted?
Well, I realized last week that my Select days were coming to an end, and I still had three days to use. So I scheduled them over this last weekend. Friday through Sunday. I was going to double or triple the last Select days, I was sure. I scheduled tweets to go out every hour for most of the three days, a practice that I found remarkably effective before (see that blog post). This was it, baby. My sales were going to take off after the free days were over!
A five star review showed up right before I started the promo. That was good. Even though it was a review that would polarize, it was still a nice sign.
And then came a one star review. Ouch. Now my average was three stars. And just in time for my Select weekend. Perfect. Unfortunately, neither review touched the plotline of the story in any way. One loved it, one hated it. One thought it was written well, the other thought it was written poorly. One loves end times reads, the other “A tired, old plot. Armageddon? Again?” If this person - who judging from the three other books they rated (and the stuffed animals) is way outside their genre to begin with - read the book description before downloading, I don’t know why they even bothered to read it. Even though “Armageddon” isn’t part of the story, it could share the same genre. So if this person thought that the plot was tired and old, why would they get it to begin with? And then write a review like they were shocked that I wrote about something they thought was tired and old. “Really?” Yeah, “really.” So they spent the .99 or 2.99 which they stated was, “A waste of money” – though because this obviously wasn’t this person’s genre to begin with, I suspect they grabbed it during the first two Select days and didn’t pay a cent for it – but that’s just a hunch Anyway, the two reviews couldn’t have been composed of more opposite opinions. They canceled each other out, giving the prospective reader no clue what they would really get. Of course, you got the people saying that the negative review was “helpful” to them. Yeah, thanks.
But I was still hopeful.
Until I checked the Amazon UK site.
Two reviews. Both one star. My average rating? Yeah, one star. “Badly written. Tries to emulate Mattew Rielly and Wilbur Smith and fails miserable.” Is it possible to try emulating someone you’ve never read? Anyway, the other review stated that it was “total rubbish and poorly written.” Dear reviewers that feel the need to tell the world how much you hate things, have the common courtesy to spell check your review before telling the world a book you read is written poorly. I’m pretty sure that even in the UK “pf” is not a word, and there is something within the English language known as “punctuation.” I’m sorry my book “gave you a headache.” And I’m sorry that such a headache wasted more of your time by making you write about it.
So here I go, jumping into my Select days with a five star rating and three ones – the majority of reviews by nice people telling the world not to read my trash.
The result? Only 46 copies given away in the UK, 362 in the US. Yeah, the power of negative reviews. However, as I was walking around sure that these kind people had it right, that I do in fact suck as a writer and should be marched before a firing squad for my crime against humanity, I happened to get a review on Goodreads. And it could not have come at a better time. A five star review that started out: “This is not a book for casual readers who don't want a lot of deep and historical facts and information in their story.” And then she goes on to actually talk about the story! (THANK YOU!) And she ends with “While it may not be everyone's cup of tea, I would highly recommend it as a must read for those who love history, and are hoping for a better world tomorrow. Not to mention this adventure makes 'The Davinci Code' look like a walk in the park.”
So I thought, yeah, this book isn’t for everyone. And I’m okay with that. Now if only the people it was written for would review it as much as the people who hate it…I might be okay!
So, a big thank you to the kind people out there who destroyed my Select days and would destroy me, too, if they could. Again, I apologize for writing a book that you didn’t like. And I’m sorry you may have spent 2.99 on it, though you probably got it for free, didn’t you? I hope the world produces more writers that think exactly as you do so that you can write more positive reviews in the future.
On a brighter note, my novel PROGENY has a collective 30 ratings with a 5 star average! And the second edition just came out, and there’s a trailer up! And the Select days are coming for that, too… which I’m sure will drop the average down some… but what else can you expect from angry people reading free books?
I have an idea. Shocking, I know. It concerns book reviews. Not reviews that I receive but rather my review of other books. There’s something I may start incorporating into my review process, and I’d like to know what you think.
Almost every other mode of entertainment goes through some kind of rating system that enables the entertained at least a hint of what to expect in terms of what could be considered offensive content. But not novels. Nope. When you crack open the cover of even a great novel, it’s likely you may be taken completely by surprise when that explicit sex scene pops up (whether a good surprise or a bad one is judged by the reaction of each individual reader).
So, my dilemma is this: I work at a school and have somewhat of a “religious” following if you will, even a young one. The last thing that I want is to give 5 stars to a book, praising its artistic quality, and have one of my young or sensitive fans taking it as a recommendation for them. Not if the book is full of sex, language and other things that most people wouldn’t want their children reading. So here’s my idea. When I rate a book that has a ton of language and explicit sexual scenes, rather than giving it fewer stars than the quality of the overall book deserves (in my opinion, of course) or writing a disclaimer a paragraph long, I’m thinking of including a simple key much like the one you see at the top of your TV episodes.
General Audiences, Mature Audiences, etc… And S, L, V, etc…
That way my bases are covered in a rather simplistic way. Yeah, this book was amazing, the writing sound, the plot faultless… (MA: S, V) So people will know that I really liked the book, but for the fans of mine that don’t want to be taken by surprise by certain elements, they’ll know going in to be prepared or to avoid the book altogether (which may help keep negative reviews down for the author, too).
What do you think?
I’ve seen reviews blast books for not disclosing that they contain religious elements or “unpopular” views challenging the party line, and in those cases it seems that the reviewer wants a huge stamp across the front cover stating “WARNING: THIS STORY CONTAINS A RELIGIOUS THEME THAT YOU MAY NOT AGREE WITH!” I think that’s stupid and highly hypocritical since, if these people had their way in any objective sense, then every book written would have to have a list that revealed every thought and idea within the book that someone might not agree with. Of course they wouldn’t want that. They only want book descriptions to come out and tell them what THEY won’t like about the book. And if there was a warning on the book concerning something THEY did agree with (WARNING: THIS BOOK PROMOTES ATHEISM), they would no doubt be up in arms as to why the book should be made to disclose this.
A friend of mine wrote a book that weighs the pros and cons of the God vs. no God scenarios. The book ends up favoring the belief that there is a God. So the reviewers that are atheists slammed the book, calling it an agenda piece, etc. However, if the author had favored the atheistic view, surely those reviewers would have praised the book, not slammed it. In fact, one of the reviewers that tore it up pretty good had someone else thank him for warning him to stay away from it, saying, “The religious based biased books are annoying. If they are such good Christians, why aren't they tolerant and respectful of other people and their beliefs?” And that just makes me laugh. The guy is saying that the author is somehow intolerant and not respectful of other peoples’ beliefs when the guy has just judged a book HE NEVER EVEN READ because of his intolerance for “religious biased books!” It’s bad when you get reviewers reviewing a book they didn’t read. But I guess that privilege is only reserved for objective, non-biased, and tolerant people!
Anyway, sorry for the mini rant. I just find it humorous the things that some find offensive, demanding THAT material be disclosed to them ahead of time. But again, it’s a completely selfish position that demands the world’s artists must inform them of any “concept” they might find offensive but would cry intolerance if the things they believed were stamped with warnings.
So, I won’t disclose that type of warning in my reviews. Religious, secular, whatever… It’s supposed to be a country free of book burning where everyone is able to make up their own mind about whatever they want. I’ll leave that kind of criticism (when it comes to a novel) to others (and I know that every side of every conflicting idea is guilty of it). I only wish to offer a warning of content, not of concept. And as I said before, every other mode of entertainment, from pornography to TV to movies to video games to music contains this.
It’s either that or I don’t review certain books that some might be offended by (I don’t need a parent coming to me and asking why I recommended that their 15 year old read…..).
Does this make sense to anyone? Good idea, bad?