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“I have your review in front of me and soon it will be behind me.” -George Bernard Shaw to a critic who gave him a bad review.

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been using Goodreadsto track the books I am reading and I want to read. I am, and always have been, a voracious reader. When I as a kid, my worst punishment was that I couldn’t go to the library that week.

Huckleberry Finn

Two Thumbs Down.

Goodreads allows you to organize books you want to read, track progress on books you’re reading, and see what other people are reading. There is also a rating and reviews component. I’ve written before about my experiences with book reviews on Amazon and, unsurprisingly, I have found as much stupidity on Goodreads. That’s not to say I blame Amazon or Goodreads, only that lots of intellectually unendowed people exist and some of them post reviews on these sites.

Lately, I’ve noticed a number of people giving a book a negative rating and then starting their review with “I don’t like fantasy books” or “I don’t care for John Scalzi’s style.” If you hate the author or the genre, why are you reading the book? That’s akin to me reading a book about parenting and then giving it a negative review because I don’t like kids.

I’m glad, I guess, that people are trying books outside of their comfort zone. I’m just confused by why you’d rate a book you expected to dislike because of an element inherent in the book. Don’t lower a book’s rating because you don’t care for fairies or aliens or fiction books written in the present tense.