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Post by EC2 » Tue November 30th, 2010, 10:28 pm

Misfit, do you still review at Amazon? I suppose you do - for Vine anyway.
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Post by Misfit » Tue November 30th, 2010, 11:14 pm

[quote=""EC2""]Misfit, do you still review at Amazon? I suppose you do - for Vine anyway.[/quote]

Yeah, I still do especially with the older OOP's, and definitely for Vine. I hate having books with no real reviews on them. Every once in a while someone comes out of lurk mode and gives me a thanks for everything (like Stumpy and Jill to name two) and I can then send them over to Goodreads. Both are having a great time over there I might add :o
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Post by fljustice » Wed December 1st, 2010, 3:40 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]You see why everyone is over at HFO and Goodreads these days? The few reviewers I've come across and trust are already at one or both of those sites so I only go to Ammy to browse or to amuse myself at the latest Antics :p [/quote]

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Post by cw gortner » Wed December 1st, 2010, 6:43 pm

Indeed, salaam! I get most of my book recommendations these days either here or from friends.

I've one more book to review for Vine and then I'm bowing out. I actually love reviewing and do try to write something for most books I read, though not everything; but after reading this article I think I should stop posting reviews on amazon. First, I just learned I'm breaking a rule, as I write "competing titles" (whatever; Vine invited me) and second, the antics are too much. Colleagues turning on colleagues, writers on other writers, bogus reviewers with vested interests - it's a circus.
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Post by parthianbow » Thu December 2nd, 2010, 9:38 am

[quote=""cw gortner""]Indeed, salaam! I get most of my book recommendations these days either here or from friends.

I've one more book to review for Vine and then I'm bowing out. Second, the antics are too much. Colleagues turning on colleagues, writers on other writers, bogus reviewers with vested interests - it's a circus. [/quote]

Sad, isn't it, CW? I know what you mean, though. I still get quite a few film recommendations on Amazon, because its so good at offering films like the ones I buy, which are mostly arthouse, and therefore by definition, unfortunately, not well advertised in the mainstream media. Like you, I generally hear about books here ( :p :D :) ) or from family/friends. (BTW, I have given/will be giving 5 copies of The Last Queen to family/friends in the last few months/this Christmas. Doing my bit!)
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Post by EC2 » Thu December 2nd, 2010, 10:34 am

CW, I am staying with Vine but I make sure I never ask for a competing title or something in which I have a vested interest - such as knowing the author. At the moment I have a book on how to use a digital camera for review and a cookbook. So I get to receive and review stuff I am interested in outside of the day job that doesn't pose an ethics dilemma.
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Post by cw gortner » Thu December 2nd, 2010, 6:28 pm

[quote=""parthianbow""]Sad, isn't it, CW? I know what you mean, though. I still get quite a few film recommendations on Amazon, because its so good at offering films like the ones I buy, which are mostly arthouse, and therefore by definition, unfortunately, not well advertised in the mainstream media. Like you, I generally hear about books here ( :p :D :) ) or from family/friends. (BTW, I have given/will be giving 5 copies of The Last Queen to family/friends in the last few months/this Christmas. Doing my bit!)[/quote]

Yes, it is sad. Bewildering, actually, people misbehaving like that . . . Anyway, thank you, Ben, for Last Queen gifts. Very nice to hear. Actually, at risk of turning this into an author love-fest, I just sent my brother a copy of The Forgotten Legion. He's really liking it so far.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu December 2nd, 2010, 9:02 pm

I'm giving several copies of the Last Queen as Christmas gifts myself. But then, I also have a vested interest, as I'm writing about 16th-century Spain. :D

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Post by cw gortner » Sat December 4th, 2010, 2:04 am

EC, your amazon review policy is very sensible. Wish I was interested in reviewing other stuff, but I prefer fiction :)

MLE, thank you! Very much appreciated. Hope those who receive the book enjoy it. :D
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Post by EC2 » Sat December 4th, 2010, 11:26 am

CW, I do read fiction for review on Vine, but not in my area or if I personally know the author. So I go for thrillers and contemporary, a bit of fantasy and some older YA.
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Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

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Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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