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Worthy of one last post.

I edited my first post about this book... but, I figured this merited some attention.

lolitasir pointed out to me that anyone can write a review on Amazon.com. So I did!

See it, and maybe write your own if you are feeling so inspired, here.

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thauma
Feb. 9th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
I found that review very helpful, and used amazon's little button to say so. :)
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holey1
Feb. 9th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Reviews
I believe you can on Barnes and noble .com also FyI. But the more people that hit the page the more likely it will become a " consumer favorite" even if you are not buying the book. Love you
P.S. I have one of these written and published out of context stories in my past but does anyone know about it .. No and that is the way I like it.
boymeat
Feb. 9th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Reviews
I'm now up to two. A short story in Erin Cressinda Williams' The Erotica Project is about yours truly.
julian_wolf
Feb. 9th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Reviews
Is that story at least a good one?

boymeat
Feb. 9th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Reviews
It is. She embellished a little with my kinks and background... but... it's a charming story. And an awesome memory.
green_kohai
Feb. 10th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
Re: Reviews
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9780060876128&itm=1

Read the Kirkus Review, Paul says that "being slammed by them is devastating to your chances of being a successful book-writer" these reviews are read by booksellers, apparently.

Regarding what I saw posted earlier by Boymeat: You don't need to confront him, that would just stir up media buzz for his book, and give the appearance of validity to his lies. Not to mention some assholes would think, by seeing you there in angry-victim-mode, that this asshole must be a badass for having gotten close to a badass like you. Play it cool, then he'll get zero buzz about the BDSMers being up in arms and crap like that. His apparently-shitty writing style and his ability to bore the reviewers will be what sinks him.
captainwhimsy
Feb. 9th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
Hmm
He's not the first to use deception to make money - sorry he did it at your expense.

I hope that didnt taint your attitude towards people from the UK. :)
on_reserve
Feb. 9th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
I also left a review. I haven't read the book but I called it boring anyway. I figure as much as SOME people might care about ethics, virtually NO ONE wants to buy a boring book :)
raindog469
Feb. 10th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
I don't plan on reading this guy's stuff or giving him more attention than he merits, but since when is using deception as part of investigative journalism unethical?

I have enjoyed many "undercover" exposé type articles of things like "ex-gay" camps, "young Republican" organizations, "secret societies", anti-abortion groups, "Promise Keeper" rallies, all by people who would not be welcome at those events if the other attendees knew of their intent, so I can't fault someone trying to document our own little hidden subculture.

Of course, I can fault him for being inaccurate and sensationalistic and profit-driven, as I assume he must be due to all the howling I've heard about his stuff, but I think undercover journalism itself is one of the most important tools we have as a society.
kinkmogul
Feb. 9th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
I just wrote a review, too! I'll do anything for a good cause...
cleovale
Feb. 9th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
*snark*
wrote a brief review.
willowrrain
Feb. 9th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
I find the sad part to all of this, is that this guy could spend part of his life with someone ELSE paying his way to lots of fun events and for him to have such a shallow and profoundly limited perspective of what he saw. I certainly haven't read the book, but I did read the article when you linked to it. BDSM is such a beautiful rich culture, and to get no further than laughing into your hand and doing the equivilant of, "*snork* I saw boobies." when you write about it, seems just so dreadfully sad and small.

Let go of this man and his words the best you can. He had the good fortune to walk among angels and had the smallness of mind to only see stereotypes. What a very small life he must lead, to have so little ability to understand or learn about the people he meets.
taliakit
Feb. 10th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
"BDSM is such a beautiful rich culture, and to get no further than laughing into your hand and doing the equivilant of, "*snork* I saw boobies." when you write about it, seems just so dreadfully sad and small."

You hit the nail on the head!

Phil - GREAT review. You said what you needed to say and kept it concise. Gave you a "helpful" vote.
viviane212
Feb. 9th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
The reviews before yours are uniformly negative. And yes, I found your review helpful. Maybe I'm stirring up shit, but having been at one camp event, I detest the way he represented it.

nyghtowl
Feb. 10th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
squeamishness
I also posted a review, and noted this quote from the Booklist review of the book (Booklist is another one of these publishing journals.)

"What is, perhaps, most amusing about Stoddard's unusual memoir is the squeamishness with which he approaches his raunchy escapades. "

Just about says it all methinks.

Paul NyghtOwl
tripartite
Feb. 10th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't read it and won't buy it but...
There's always insult to add to injury. I'd expect the multiple bad reviews to lead to a decline in sales. Making him pay royalty to those named in his work might be worth something. (Not just the money either.)
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