Cherry De C

I talk about SF&F/Romance Books + anything and everything under the sun.

amazon’s stars – how reliable

 Amazon’s stars – how reliable…

The market now is inundated with paranormal books. I had to wade through a lot of rubbish before I could actually find something good. Have to read about three really badly written books to every good one. The problem is, I wouldn’t know the book is rubbish until I’ve actually read. And I’m the kind who reads through the end. And I’ve found out that Amazon could be sly sometimes. Take for example Todd McCaffrey’s  

When I run out of books to read I used to go by the amazon stars to guide me in buying books but now I am a bit cautious in believing those stars. How about you?I like anything sci-fi / fantasy / romance, if you are of like mind I would like to hear from you. Or visit me at

Dragon’s Blood. I find that Amazon has been a bit sneaky in advertising this book. This same exact book has apparently been published by different publishers. As far as I can tell: one by Bantam Press in April 2005 (hardcover), Del Rey Books in Jun 2006 (mass market) and by Corgi in July 2006 (paperback). Bantam and Del Rey versions of this book have about 2.5 stars with both versions sharing the same reviews like one. Corgi has 4 stars sporting an entirely different group of reviews. When you click this book from the Amazon home page it comes up with Corgi with glowing reviews. From Bantam and Del Rey it seems that this book is “currently unavailable” however you can buy from different individual sellers. However it is not “currently unavailable” from Corgi.It looks like that Amazon wants to sell this book by dividing the reviews. Putting the low-starred reviews with Bantam/Del Rey while grouping the generally high-starred reviews with Corgi with only one odd one-starred review to make it look unbiased. Then putting Corgi’s version in the front lines. That is why I placed my review from Bantam/Del Rey to this Corgi version.

I find that very sneaky indeed! However, I guess its dog eating dog in the publishing business. I recommend to those intending to buy this book to read the reviews in the Bantam/Del Rey version as well.


04/04/2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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