Jul 1, 2008

in case y'all missed it

If you want to see an example of an author who can't take criticism, make sure to read the comments on the post before this one. The one about Alongside Night. I've never seen anyone get so fussy so quickly about so little.

20 comments:

J. Neil Schulman said...

If you want to see an example of an anonymous blogger who doesn't even have the cojones to publish under his real name, yet is so out of touch he thinks blogging a review gives his opinions the same gravitas as Anthony Burgess's, go right ahead and read.

Welcome to the heat in the kitchen, my young friend.

Not so comfortable when your targets don't have the good manners to be safely dead, eh?

runiteking1 said...

Some grown-ups act like little kids, they can't take criticism.... :)

Besides, from my point of view, it's your opinion and your blog, and he has no business trying to tell you that you suck.

Nice arguement

Leila said...

That's hilarious!

downtown guy said...

Oh, J., you think this is heat? This is comedy gold.

runiteking1: He's welcome to tell me I suck. If I didn't expect reaction, I wouldn't allow comments. Honestly, I wish more authors would drop in to respond to my little write-ups.

Ms. Moon said...

Believe me- Downtown Guy knows about heat. He's not even starting to break a sweat.
And I say this as someone who knows him VERY well.

downtown guy said...

I wish J. would come back and turn up the heat a little more. This is helping my reader count rise.

white rabbit said...

Check out his webpage.... :-O

Ermmmmmmmmmm...

Mr Pineapples said...

Not all of us can take criticism. Being able to take criticism is not necessarily a good and admirable trait. Ask Robert Mugabe.

Listen - if J Neil Sherbet wants to get upset.. then we should respect him for that.

He writes a book

Everyone laughs

He gets upset

That's natural

Surely

J. Neil Schulman said...

C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy really takes off with the third book, That Hideous Strength. Since I love it, you'll probably think it sucks. :-)

downtown guy said...

J. - don't worry, there are plenty of people who can't write that can still enjoy a good novel. So I'm not too worried that your taste will preclude mine.

downtown guy said...

Mr. Pineapple: heck nah. Now, someone who can take critique in stride? That I respect.

Kylie said...

Mr Pineapples, I don't think it's so much that Schulman doesn't like being criticised. Who does? I certainly don't and wouldn't like to see my work criticised by someone else.

The problem is in the way that one RESPONDS to the criticism. You could be classy and respond by politely disagreeing and stating why, or you can get all worked up and become abusive and start name-calling.

Lantzvillager said...

This is great stuff! I just came across your blog through Doc's 50 and quickly jumped at the chance to check out some dystopian fiction reviews. You may want to look back over some of my books for the past couple of years as I have made an effort to delve into the post-apocalyptic canon.


I probably don't speak for downtown guy but I think many of us blog our reviews anonymously not to avoid accountability but more to keep some level of anonymity on the internet.

downtown guy said...

Glad you found me! I'm going to add your blog to my reader - I'm always interested to check out new book reviews.

Mr Pineapples said...

Hey Kylie

I have read all of your books and they are hopeless....terrible.

And you have the hair of a cheese

downtown guy said...

I'm suddenly fascinated by the idea of cheese hair.

Kylie said...

I object, Mr Pineapples! Retract your statement immediately, or I'll have my barrister (white rabbit) onto you.

I hate cheese.

Mr Pineapples said...

Hang a mo there Kylie

Mr P was bleedin' well insulting you there.

You are supposed to be UPSET...for goodness-sakes - and not to rib Mr P back!

What is happening to this world?

Mr Pineapples said...

Hey...Downtrod Guy...speak to Kylie about her cheese hair....I have had it with her...

Kylie said...

Aww, you're cute Mr P! And funny too *giggles*