In some ways, a good review from a stranger or an impartial observer usually says more about the story. People you know (who like you), sometimes have a tendency to tell you things you want to hear. Most people like to hear they’ve done a good job, so that’s what they hear. I don’t knock saving your friend’s feelings at all. In fact, in some cases, it’s the only thing you can do. But I digress. Or do I just wander around with my head in a paper sack bumping into trees?
Anyway, I’m blessed with a group of friends and family who have no intention of saving my feelings…wait…that didn’t sound right. They’re straight up with me. If they don’t understand something the way I wrote it, they tell me. If they think another word would be better, they tell me. If they think the Kool-Aid man should jump through a wall because the storyline is too freakin’ yawn-worthy, they tell me. In that light, when they tell me they like something, I tend to believe them.
I found another review of my story today. And I don’t know who Andy in the United Kingdom is, but here is what he wrote:
“He’s Not Heavy. A brilliant title, that says a lot and implies even more. Set against a dystopic backdrop of autocratic authority gone wrong, this mystery story deserves to be in every zombie anthology, and probably in quite a few sociology books, too, for its social commentary. I read it, and re-read it, I discovered what I’d missed the first time around.”
Thank you, Andy…whoever you are.