So...I'm angling to pick a copy of Minister Faust's latest book, From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain
. I'll share a review when I finally pick it up and get through it. One of the issues is that I'm having trouble finding it. None of the independent bookstores here in Atlanta that I've contacted carry it, and I'm going to have to order it; either through one of the bookstores, or from Amazon.
I hit Amazon, and I scan through the Editorial Reviews, and then I skip down to the Customer Reviews. That's when I see that you can comment on the Customer Reviews. I read the lone comment
on one of the reviews and it said:
I just wasted an hour of my life but I was curious how many books she has reviewed from Feb 1 (she actually started on the 3rd) until today the 18th. A total of 167 in 16 days, 97 5s, 70 4's. Wow, I hope she is receiving these books for free!
Hhhhmmmmm...okay. Let me pull up the reviewer's profile. Let's see. It says "#1 Reviewer." I check to see exactly what this means. Turns out that Harriet Klausner
, at least for right now, is the #1
Reviewer for ALL OF AMAZON. Not top 1%. Top 1. She has written over 13,000 reviews. That's Thirteen Thousand
. For free! Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but Amazon doesn't pay for reviews. She has received over 83,000 "helpful" votes on her reviews. For a moment, forget about how many books she's read. Think about the amount of stuff she's written herself. 13,000 reviews, each about 300 words. This is above and beyond the reviews she gets paid for, because most publications don't like you to give out for free the stuff that they pay you for. That's...that's crazy
. Get a life, Woman! Go outside! Take a walk!
I was an acquisitions librarian in Pennsylvania
and wrote a monthy review column of recommended
reads. I found I liked reviewing and went on to
freelance after my son was born.
I have 2 dogs, a cairn and a pom, and four cats. Oh, I have a 21 year old son and a husband who wants to but is nowhere near retiring.
I am a speed reader( a gift I was born with) and read two books a day.
Sometimes, as I go through life, I come across people and I think "I can do that job. Probably better than that person." I think it would be a pretty cool job to be a Freelance Book Reviewer, but there's no way in hell
I could read 2 books a day.
But then again, why would I want to? There's no joy in it. Half of the pleasure of reading lies in ruminating on the thoughts of the author. Marveling at the creativity it takes to write a good story.
This is really bothering me the more I think about it. If you're doing all of that speed reading, can you really enjoy what you read? Can you even enjoy reading? The newspaper? Shit, even a billboard? I'm sorry, but after I read two or three thousand
books, I'd have to stop and maybe switch to movies for a few YEARS. I'd be tired of using my eyes. I GUARANTEE she wears glasses!
If I was an author, I wouldn't want my book to be one of 40 books you read in a given month, and that's IF you don't work weekends. I'd much rather my book be the only book you read in...a year. That would mean that you took your time with it. Savored it. This woman is...wasting books
. I'll have to think about it more, but that may be a worse crime than not reading them at all.
Know What I'm Sayin'??