December 3rd, 2011
|01:57 pm - A Review Milestone! And A Contest!|
Originally published at Michael M. Jones Says..... You can comment here or there.
I just noticed that I have posted 1000 reviews to my website.
One freaking thousand individual posts. That covers over a decade’s worth of books from Absolute Magnitude, Science Fiction Chronicle, Realms of Fantasy, Green Man Review, SF Site, and bonus reviews posted directly to the site.
That doesn’t take into account posts where I reviewed multiple books at a time, things I’ve done that haven’t been archived yet, or the work I’ve done for Publishers Weekly, which can never be revealed.
That’s a whole lot of posts. Here’s to the next thousand.
You know what? To celebrate, I’m going to give away a book. I have here a nice shiny copy of Karen Mahoney’s The Iron Witch (which I reviewed here). All you have to do to have a shot at winning this book is to comment on this post. You can do it on my website, on my Facebook, or on my Livejournal, wherever you see this. Oh, and one more catch: I’d like you to tell me about a time when a book review convinced you to buy a book you otherwise might not have gotten. Bonus points if it was one of my reviews. Feel free to browse my archive, or visit the above linked sites, or go browse Amazon or Tor or any of the other many, many, MANY fine review sites online.
This contest closes at the end of Friday, December 9th. A winner will be chosen by my cats. Additional prizes may be given at my whim or discretion. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest not sponsored by any political parties, Elder Gods, or publishers. Have a nice day.
Count me in. I think I'm going to have a shoe-in of a story for you. You see, I started reading both Jim Butcher's Dresden File series and Kim Harrison's Hallows series a good few years ago because of your wife's praise of both series. I wouldn't have read them -- let alone known of them! -- without her recommendation and impromptu review. Now, I don't know if you've reviewed books out of these series, nor do I know if she started reading them because of your recommendations/reviews, but if it's true on both counts, then indirectly, you're responsible for me reading those two series.
Does that count? :)
Congrats, you win a book. We'll send it to you when Mary sends you her latest batch of soul-crushingly hot jelly. :)
Woo! I'd like to thank the academy, and my agent, and my parents, and god almighty who gave me the free time to respond to this post, and your wife, without whom this story would not be possibly, and the guy at the McD's drivethru I got breakfast from this morning, and the lady at work who told us we could leave early today, and Burt and Ernie, without whom the first words I screamed at the top of my lungs as a child would not be possible.
Oh, and last but not certainly not least: You, for awarding me paper braincandy! THANK YOU! :)
I should have an easier time remembering times I've bought a book because of a review, but the only one I can think of at the moment is one that I bought when I was a preteen, because of a review in Dragon magazine. I think it might have been called Castaways in Time. During a freak storm, a guy gives shelter to a small number of strangers, and then wakes up in the middle ages. It may have been one of the first books I spent my own money to buy, and I lost interest after a couple of chapters.
Congrats, you win a book also. I'll see what I can dig up from the pile o' goodies. :) I'll just need to doublecheck that I have your correct address.