I have just received a Kindle, and am launching into the world or reading e-books, which is an exciting new adventure! So far, I’ve only got five books on there (including a draft version of my own ‘The Artemis Effect’, which gives me a little shiver every time I see it on there). Like many Kindle newbies, I’ve started with some free e-books, and one which I have purchased. I won’t tell you what it is, but it’s touted as a murder mystery.
It wasn’t expensive, and I purchased it not knowing anything about the author, but the blurb sounded interesting, and it seemed to have some good reviews. I should perhaps have noticed that there were a few five star, glowingly positive reviews, and then some down in the one-and-two star range, with nothing in between. But, I thought, you can’t please all the people all of the time.
However, now that I get into it, I have to say, it is really quite appalling. The dialogue is formulaic and dull. Parts of it don’t make sense at all. And I’ve guessed who did it already.
To be honest, I feel just a tiny bit irritated, and gullible. I can only assume that the glowing five star reviews were either:
a) from people who have different views on the book, and perhaps haven’t read a lot to compare it to,
b) they are ‘paid’ reviews, or
c) they are by friends and relatives of the author.
As someone new to this market, I would love to hear if this is typical: should I have my ‘bullshit-radar’ on high when I am reading reviews? Or have I just hit a bad egg?