Authors, like actors, have to deal with criticism. Some will be helpful and constructive, and others will make you wonder if they really read your work. Recently, I received a book review from a book critic who said several things that made me seriously wonder if they ever actually read the whole book. Skimmed maybe, but the details were so wrong I was beginning to wonder. At the same time, I got a glowing review from another reviewer that honestly made me blush. I think the key here is taste and view point. While one understood what was written, the other drug out a rather archaic word to “poke” me. I have to say that both reviews were useful to me as an author. One affirmed what I was doing, while the other reminded me why not everyone will understand or “get” science fiction. Oh, and just for the record, the Gomers are NOT arachnids. ~ Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.