For those of you who don’t know, sock puppets, on Amazon, are fake people, generally set up by authors, who go around writing fabulous reviews of said author’s books. I thinkthey may also be real people (friends and family) who do the author’s dirty work for them.
So, anyway, yesterday, I discovered a new review of The Space Between on Amazon UK. (see it here. You may have to scroll down– it’s the first on in the list.)
He suggests that, because of their effusive 5 star reviews, the other two people who reviewed The Space Between might be Sock Puppets. First of all, let’s be clear, they aren’t. One has a blog where she reviews all types of books, and she has quite a few reviews on Amazon (sock puppets generally don’t have other reviews, seeing they were created just for the author). The other is someone who read the book when I was giving it away from my website. Yes, I asked him to put a review up and I knew it would be a good review because he was willing to pay money to get his hands on book two. But he is most certainly a legitimate fan of the book. (I asked all the people who had donated to put up reviews and a couple of then kindly did. I didn’t tell them what to write or how many stars to give.)
But anyway, the thing that I though was a bit strange… This latest reviewer, gives the book a 4 star review (which is great, and I thank him very much. I especially love the comments about the humour, because that is the type of humour I was– and am always– trying to include). But, surely it isn’t that far from 4 stars to 5, is it? If he thought the book was terrible, fair enough, jump all over the other reviews and call them out. But he says lots of very nice things. More nice things than bad things. So I just wonder how he can see it as 4 star, but not understand how others can see it as 5 star?
Oh well, I shall be thankful for the review and be thankful for another happy reader (who hopefully buys the rest of the books in series and gives them four star reviews as well).
Speaking of which, A Different Kind of Heaven is currently with a reader and hopefully won’t be far away.
And, for the record, I’m pretty sure I’ve never read a Jack Chalker novel, though I could be wrong… I shall have to check my list.