So, I said that yesterday's review of A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge may have been the best one yet. I might have spoke too early. Here's an excerpt from today's, on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.
"The author is obviously very knowledgeable of Charles Dickens' work, as he brilliantly weaves a humorous story which includes annotated footnotes interwoven throughout the story that helps readers who are not familiar with Dickens' classic novels. The author's subtle wit provides the reader with an amusing tongue-in-cheek and laugh-out-loud funny sequel to the classic Dickens A Christmas Carol. I couldn't help but snicker as I turned the pages, the witty dialogue and humorous interactions between the characters are hilarious, what more could a reader ask for than to be entertained by a contemporary twist on a classic story that leaves a smile on their face?
"A Christmas Carol 2: The Return Of Scrooge would be the perfect addition to any reader's collection of Christmas stories that are annually read during the holiday season. It is a lighthearted fun book for readers of all ages."
But here's the funny thing in the hellacious world of book reviews. After that truly lovely write-up, full of continual praise, and not a quibble in sight -- the book received four stars. Now, that's quite good, and I'm fine with it -- except that that actually lowers my Amazon rating! So, this wonderful review works against me, at least on the ratings end. If one actually reads the review, that's another matter...
That's the last of the review on this month's "virtual book tour." Overall the reviews have been extremely positive. The worst few have been three stars, when reviewers didn't seem to get that this was a humor parody and were bothered that there were footnotes where footnotes are supposed to be, rather than at the end. Yet this huge rave was only one star better! Go figure...
Ah, 'tis a bewildering, fanciful world.
God bless them, everyone.
I have a few thoughts from the experience of tracking down all these reviews, and have jotted down some notes. Hopefully I'll get to them soon and post the piece here.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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