Don't worry folks this isn't going to be one of those posts intended to incite the braying masses that hide in the dark recesses of the genre. The title came to mind yesterday when chatting to someone on Facebook, and it just refers to the fact that we all have them.
Some of you will know exactly what this post is in response to, those who don't tough luck, I won't link to it or mention any names, there is enough rumblings and ripples out therre without me adding to it.
However, I do wish to make a statement on my my reviews. Remember reviews are purely subjective, we all have different opinions and no one has any right to say that their opinions are more valid than anyone elses. Hell I love heavy metal metal music, and yet I cannot stand Black Sabbath. That statement alone is enough to have me flayed publicly. And yet I would never take someone to task over them liking the band. This is the same for book reviews, I don't like Stephen King, there I said it, that is just MY OPINION, it doesn't me it right, just as your opinion doesn't your right. Just remember fellow bloggers if you are going to throw out accusations about the validity of other peoples reviews, make sure you have a nice clean house free of agendas and personal vendettas . If you want to be taken as the shining light, you better be untouchable.
Which brings me to my reviews, it would break my heart if anyone thought that my reviews were influenced by friendships. If you look through my reviews there aren't very many that rubbish a book, there is a reason for this. Way back in the early days of GNOH I published two reviews for a big name author that rubbished the book and the price that they wanted for it. The shit storm that followed and the threats against me and my family were enough for me to make the decision not to post negative reviews on this site. It cannot stand drama, mainly because I used to have a tendency to fly off the handle and speak with my fists and my cyber fists.
Another thing you will notice about my reviews is I don't really talk about the actual mechanics of the writing, the reason for this is I am severely dyslexic, to the point that reading is a battle. I wasn't diagnosed as being dyslexic until University, which meant I failed higher English twice. My knowledge about the English language and grammar is rudimentary at best. Which in my opinion doesn't make me qualified to make any judgement on anyone elses writing. Hell I have to really think about where to put commas, full stops, and even think about its it's there and their.
So when I review a book it is always about the over all enjoyment factor and the feelings that the book stirred up in me, I'll leave any discussion about sentence structure, metaphors, and editing up to those more qualified than me. Yes I am big and dumb and you know I don't care
So if anyone thinks my reviews are biased please do me and yourselves a favour and stop following my little corner of the internet.