I’m not gonna rant. Mostly, because I’m not sure anything can be done.

I would like to ask your opinion on book reviews.

Most writers have received bad reviews. I know I have. I’m pretty thick skinned. Reviews don’t really get to me.

What does bother me, is when reviews descend into rudeness. I don’t care if you don’t like the book, but why be nasty about it?

I’ve been fortunate that, to my recollection, none of the bad reviews I’ve received have descended to this level. I do however, know many authors who have been reduced to tears by bad reviews that seemed like direct attacks on them as persons or writers.

Is there a solution? Should these reviews be filtered out? I really don’t have an answer, but maybe you do.

If a bad review does not contain any constructive criticism, or at least a legitimate complaint, is it necessary to publish it?

And, here is something else I wonder about from time to time. Amazon reviews in general, I have read the rules, and still can’t figure out why the reviews for my first book, stopped when they reached 80. Every instance of an 81st review has been added, then deleted.

I would think that maybe my book is not worth an 81st review, ( lol ), but I know who the reviews were written by, and they fell within Amazon’s rules.

So, there is my thought for today.

Should rude reviews be allowed?

Who decides the cut off limit for reviews on a book, if you as the writer, know there should be more?

Anyone have any opinions or answers on this?

Love to hear your thoughts.

Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Amazon.com/dp/B0759MYN81. Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. The third and final book in the series, Emily Garrison is now available. Please see above for link. I am 62 with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in Vermont.

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