"Misfit" wrote:As much as people carry on about not posting negative reviews and the proverbial "if you can't say anything nice" attitude, the negative review/opinion really doesn't stop you does it? It just sends you in with your eyes wide open.
Exactly. I often find negative reviews more helpful than rave reviews: they tend to be more detailed and often I can tell that what has annoyed the reviewer won't necessarily bother me. If I do decide to read the book in spite of bad reviews my expectations are lowered and sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised.
The whole "if you can't say anything nice" thing is ridiculous. If I paid £7.99 for a book, or even if I got it out the library but invested several hours of my life reading it, I'm going to say whatever I want.