“Saturn’s moon Titan is the nearest celestial body that is hospitable to human life.”First line in The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer
As promised, I’m here with the opposite post of what I did last week so I’m reacting to 1-star reviews of books I loved. 1-star reviews are always more fun to read than their 5-star counterpart because people tend to find so many creative ways to get an outlet for their frustration. So this is all just in good fun. I’ve done this once before a couple of years ago, so this one features the books I’ve loved more recently. Enjoy!
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
It’s the mustache comment. I’m picturing it so clearly! Anyway, the reviewer is right. The villain isn’t the most interesting guy and I was also waiting for there to be more to him for the entire trilogy but he continued to be this caricature of a villain, so I understand the reviewer’s complaint.
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
You can criticize my favorite books all you want as long as you make a joke out of it 😂 But yeah, there’s not much to hold on to in Piranesi, which is what I love about it but it’s not for everyone.
The Betrayals by Bridget Collins
The most common criticism of this book is that people want Collins to have explained stuff more BUT SHE DOESN’T NEED TO, OKAY. That’s the whole point! Explaining all that in detail would have distracted the reader from the important themes the book is trying to explore. You don’t need to have everything shoved in your face! And the Lord of the Rings analogy might be a little faulty because that also fails to explain why the ring is so important but people still love the story.
To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara
…You don’t think there was a reason for the identical names? It was just Yanagihara really liking those names and not wanting to use different ones? Come on! But at least we agree that Part One was the best and that the other two could be described as boring.
City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
DNF AT PAGE 4?!? WHAT?? How can one even do that?? AND feel they know enough about the book to rate it? But I guess if they’re allergic, they know pretty early on 🙄 I’m quite curious about their comment about it being a more competent version of The Goblin Emperor because I generally thought people liked that book or at least found it well-written. I’m reading it soon myself so I guess I’ll find out.
I feel like the rest of the review is them saying they don’t like an opening scene to be info-dumpy, which just makes me think they must DNF a lot of books at page 4.
The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer
I picked this review because of the comment about The Darkness Outside Us being similar to Winter’s Orbit because I’ve read both and cannot fathom why the reviewer would think they were similar. They’re both sci-fi with a m/m romance… and that’s it. They couldn’t be more different and I also don’t think the synopsis is trying to make you think that they are similar in any way.
And then I’m just confused about the last paragraph. They say that the depressingness of the book isn’t a part of their assessment… but it clearly is? Otherwise, why make it such a big deal that the book isn’t “hopeful or positive”? It’s fair not liking such books but just be honest about it.
Have you ever DNF’d a book at page four? I think I’m still in shock over that one. Anyway, this was fun to do. I really don’t mind people not liking my favorite books because I usually understand why, and rants are just fun to read. But let me know if you thought any of these reviewers had a point if you’ve read the books.