Strange Reviews

Vacation 281

As you may or may not know I considered writing this post last week, but went with a Friday Visual post instead. Still, Arlee said he’d be curious to hear what I had to say, so what the heck. On a Hot August Afternoon was first published in June of 2012, and over the next several months I collected reviews. I can’t remember the exact number but then Amazon went through that phase where they took down various reviews for seemingly no reason. I ended up with ten, and it stayed at ten for a long time.

Last week I happened to notice it said I had 13 reviews, so I looked to see what had been added. There were suddenly two reviews from last year and one from April of this year. I’ll be honest and say none were great, all falling in the 2 & 3 star range. But when I read them, they also didn’t always make sense. For example, one refers to one of the main characters as Pedro. There is no character named Pedro. Granted, his name is Pete, but really? This same review says “I decided on this rating because it had a nice flow easy to read. Had a great story line, but I only gave it 2 stars.” Why? Then she discusses the Ms. H. Who the heck is that? Apparently she got on her nerves, whoever she is.

The 3 star review starts this way, “Bridget M Straub is a talented writer, I always love when karma pays a cheater a visit but the author had me feeling sympathy for h’s sister when it happened to her.” What? h’s sister? Is it just me or does this sound like the same person again? And does h stand for husband? Was his sister cheated on? His sister is getting married.

I can’t pretend to understand how Amazon operates.Why these reviews have suddenly appeared I don’t know. The question is this, although not great reviews, both have nice things to say along with their criticisms, so do I report them as abuse (an option they offer) or just leave them?


About bridgetstraub

Author, Artist & Mom. First novel "Searching for My Wand" was published in December 2011
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3 Responses to Strange Reviews

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    This is rather curious. I don’t think I’d report them as abuse. At least there are reviews and I’m often more intrigued by a book because of the bad reviews that make me want to read a book to decide for myself. In the case of your book at least you have a wide range of opinion that gives the book more credibility. I get suspicious when all the reviews are lavish raves about a book.

    It is strange how reviews can come and go. I’ve seen a few of my reviews disappear and I thought they were well presented reviews that no one should have found problematic at all. Who knows where they went? Or why they disappeared.

    I’d say there are a lot of authors with books on Amazon with no reviews who wouldn’t mind having the reviews you have on your book.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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