I’m doing something now which I almost never do, which is comment directly on a review. There’s some very good reasons for that rule, but like many rules, it’s context-dependent. I absolutely believe the story belongs to the reader, so reviewer reactions never bother me, because at a bare minimum, they are utterly valid for that reviewer, and in most cases, for a whole segment of my readership.
I recently posted a link to Paul Di Filippo’s SCIFI.COM review of Escapement [ Amazon ]. While I find almost all my reviews interesting, especially the negative ones, I wanted to take a moment to thank Paul for truly getting it. His review explains what I was trying to do with the book better than I myself could have managed to do.
It’s kind of cool to see myself in a mirror that is so well-crafted.