Here we go. A while back there was a dust-up on goodreads.com as a junior author, Dylan Soccaccio spent around 2,000 words harassing a woman who had given his book The Boy and the Peddler of Death a less than glowing review. This made it's way around the internets, across amazon.com and a couple other review sites, and into the writing forum community (where I picked it up on the water cooler). You can read the thread on his conniption fit here: http://www.writingforums.org/threads/author-freaking-out-over-one-star-review.139643/ A year later we found out that, in anticipation of publishing his third novel, he had made the first one Boy...Peddler...Death free. So some of us decided to read it with a (mostly) open mind and review. That thread is here http://www.writingforums.org/threads/a-bunch-of-people-read-the-tale-of-onora.145313/ We didn't like it. In fact the general consensus was that it was really quite bad. But we went through with it, and I at least, had a lot of fun. In my opinion you can learn far more about what someone has done wrong with a bad piece than you can with what has gone right with someone has done with a good book. And dissecting what has gone wrong is a fantastic way to train your brain to figure out what is wrong with your own work. I've learned far more about movies from MST3K than from classes on Citizen Kane. I'd like to say that the ending of the book intrigued me enough for me to pick up its sequel, but it didn't. The ending was a non-entity. The book simply stopped, and I felt no compulsion to pick up another chapter. The writing style is pedantic at its best, and narcissistic at its worse. Saccoccio is objectionable, both as a writer, a philosopher, and as a human being with opinions. I could have easily left it behind. Then I looked at his amazon.com reviews. They are either all five, or all one, stars; and it's clear from the reviews that neither party has actually read the book. I see a service to be done, to my growth as a writer, and to the reading community as a whole! I'll rush the line! I'll stand for you! And I'll read a terrible book and tell all of you everything about it. If you have $3.27 and want to follow along, or chip in, feel free. Stupid website breaks amazon links for no reason I understand completely if you don't want to spend money on this thing...but...I can loan it out to whoever I want. More to follow. Note for Americans: I'm working from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM so you'll get your entry with your breakfast, and I won't respond to anything until at least after 3:00 in the afternoon.