I guess if you were interested in crazy people this is the book for you.

Matthew Baldwin took time out of his busy schedule to pull together an amusing list of...

...actual one-star Amazon.com reviews of books from
Time’s list of the 100 best novels from 1923 to the present.

One of my favorites:

The Confessions of Nat Turner (1967)

Author: William Styron

“My great-great-grandfather is not gay! I don’t know why this William Styron is trying to lie on my great-great-grandfather. Needless to say I am a descendant of Nat Turner and it bothers me that this author is trying to lie to make this book more interesting. I cannot say for certainty that my grandfather was not gay or that he didn’t like white women and neither can this author but I can say that Nat Turner was married and had children and I am a descendant of that union! Other than that idiotic portrayal the book was good.”


Jon The Crime Spree Guy said...

This article pretty much sums up why reviews on Amazon are such a waste of time. It also goes to show that there are a olot of dumb people.

That said, some of these reviews are really funny.

Stuart MacBride said...

Meh - I've had much worse one star reviews on Amazon.co.uk:

"It always amazes me the outright lies publishers are prepared to tell (including posting phoney reviews) to promote the latest 'new star'. I cannot begin to express how bad this book is, and I know I am not alone in this opinion."

Lovely ;}#

Jim Winter said...

The ones of books I've read were absolutely ludicrous. (Hint to the guy who reviewed GATSBY: It has a plot, too, stupid.)

OTOH, I'd heard that comment about Faulkner's THE SOUND AND THE FURY, believe it or not, from an English professor. Apparently, he thought Faulkner overwrote.

Hey, did Tony Fennelly write any of these?