Greetings, Hugh Howey fans. Let me introduce myself: I am Lisa the Erstwhile Editor and possibly Hugh’s #1 fan. (I have no intention of chopping off one of his feet…but that could change.) For some strange reason, he has allowed me permission to post on his Web site, and so I shall.
For the record, let me state that Hugh Howey (HH) is the bomb and the HH’s works are freakin’ genius. Me, I’m an editor (sometimes erstwhile), a voracious reader (my boss once referred to me in public as a “rabid sci fi fan”), and a decent wordsmith, but under no circumstances (even serious drugs) could I be the type of world-builder that HH is. Hat tip to you, Hugh–I can string some words together, but you keep making me yell out and pump my fists in the air with stories that go where I wouldn’t have expected. The full-scale murder of half-grown colonists aborted midway? Seriously?
Being HH’s possibly #1 fan, I spend a lot of time monitoring his works and the reviews of those works on Amazon. (I even have an Excel spreadsheet. Thus far, I have confined my stalker-ish tendencies to this one activity.) This necessarily means that I also monitor other works that, for example, push WOOL to #3 (or 4, or 5). I see reviews for non-HH works, and I click the links to see reviewer histories. Usually, these histories are composed of reviews of 1 to 3 other Amazon items (sometimes not even written works).
Multiple HH reviewers have admitted that it was [insert HH work of choice] that prompted them to write their first Amazon reviews. I admit to doing a bit of vicarious preening when I read these reviews, and I’ve restrained the urge to personally thank every such reviewer (hell, EVERY reviewer) since I’m well aware that doing so adds Silo chits to my “potential psycho” account.
So, as a fan and “rabid” supporter of HH and a voracious reader in general, I would like to invite you to let me–and other readers–know what what books you’ve loved and which you’ve hated by adding to your list of Amazon reviews. Everyone has a list of favorites–Ender’s Game? The Stand? The Name of the Rose? White Noise? Frankenstein? One Hundred Years of Solitude? Whatever they are, have you reviewed them? What about the stuff you could barely get through, that had you cursing not-in-a-good-way aloud, that sent you to bed for a week after the eye-rolling and exasperated gasps caused blood vessels in your brain to burst? Was it something clichéd and formulaic, a work lacking character development and/or resolution, sparkling vampires? Have you written about what was so awful about those works?
I, personally, am tired of feeling hoodwinked and bamboozled by Amazon reviews. I am horrified to come across execrably edited works that read like junior high compositions but garner multitudes of strangely worded and wretchedly written five-star reviews.
It’s not merely that I want Hugh’s works to get the ratings and reviews they deserve (although that is part of it)–I also want good works by any author to get the ratings and reviews they deserve as well.
For my part, I am trying to make my way through Kindle sci fi bestsellers (as well as some nonfiction and YA fiction) as funds and time permit and to follow up every read with an honest review. I invite you to join me.
We have to have something to do while we wait for the next HH release, am I right?