Ego surfing again – very bad habit of mine – and found this interesting rumination on bad reviews which mentions The Electric Church. An interesting quote:
2. Do you temper your feelings about books you didnâ€™t like, so as not to completely slam them? Why or why not?
. . .I also temper them because sometimes I truly see reasons why others may like the book. For instance â€œThe Electric Churchâ€ by Jeff Somers. I didnâ€™t like his writing style, or the style/genre of the story. The writing style to me was annoying, but the story style may really appeal to some. I know it would, because I was one of the few that didnâ€™t really like â€œAltered Carbonâ€ by Richard Morgan. But in sci-fi circles, it is considered a great novel. And it is along some similar lines as â€œThe Electric Churchâ€.
Since I’m generally fascinated by bad reviews of my own work (which aren’t as rare as they should be, dagnabbit) I found this an interesting read. One important thing to remember, sometimes, is that reviewers are people and readers too, and they usually have very good reasons for not liking your work. You don’t have to agree with them, of course, but you should also remind yourself that you’re probably not half as smart and talented as you think you are. Or is that just me? Probably just me.