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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

So laughing, so NOT AT ALL butthurt

One cannot help but reflect upon the truth of the Third Law of SJW when presented with this emotionally incontinent confessional that passes for a "book review" by one Jon Milne. Note that we are told this is not the first time Mr. Milne has felt the need to "review" a book by Castalia House, even though there are no other reviews listed by anyone of that name.

It's fascinating to see that SJWs are so confident that the relevant authority will prove amenable, or at least indifferent, that they are willing to so openly admit their violations of the review guidelines as well as their intentions of attempting to manipulate Community Content.
A massive inferiority and insecurity complex dooms this book to failure from the start
By Jon Milne on March 28, 2017

Much like with my review for "SJWs Always Lie" - inexplicably not subtitled "My Inability To Somehow Not Notice Two Chapter 5s During My Awesome Editing Skills" - I am delighted to admit I did not read "The Corroding Empire". I did not need to. It was not the cover itself that convinced me of giving it a 1 star review, but rather the attitude and motivations the publisher had in creating the cover that provides all the justification I need.

Consider an alternate scenario: Castalia House releases this book, with the real name of the author (Harry Seldon) on the cover, as well as not having the identical artwork, fonts, and positioning of the words as an other considerably higher selling book. In other words, the book by Mr Seldon would be allowed to stand on it's own two feet and attract judgment purely for it's literary merits, or lack thereof, and then attract those who want to read it into buying and scoring the publisher some bucks. It stands to reason that if the book was of high quality, then people would buy it, and the would not need to rely on any cheap publicity stunts based on trying to score political points.

And yet it is precisely this desperation on the part of Vox Day - a guy who seriously holds the hilariously stupid view of "White Genocide" that mixed race babies will totally cause the destruction of Earth - that leaves a permanent black mark on this book and completely strips it of whatever credibility it might have as a literary work. Because no matter what Mr Beale may insist about how totally awesome he thinks this book is, it's quite evident that he was clearly not confident in the ability of this literary work to sell without saddling it with a spectacularly lame gimmick as part of a great big amount of bitterness he has in relation to the success of John Scalzi.

It's truly amazing how much sour grapes old Theodore is full of that Mr Scalzi has a highly lucrative book deal worth millions of dollars, something which Beale is nowhere close to ever achieving. Other "highlights" of Beale's obsession with Scalzi include the Hugo Awards of 2015 and 2016, wherein Beale thought-policed his mindless drones, uh, I mean, followers into voting specific works dictated by a slate onto the ballots, all for the self-entitled purpose of winning awards they somehow feel entitled to, and to stick it to the so-called "SJWs" and "CHORFs" who are totally working behind the scenes to steal the whole science fiction genre from "TrueFans(tm) like Voxy and his Dread Milk minions. I mean, they never exactly elaborate how this conspiracy actually works, but still...

This is the mindset behind the "Corroding Empire's" publication. Not one motivated purely by a desire to please fans and for the love of writing, but by petty squabbles fuelled by inferiority and insecurity complexes on Theodore Beale's part, as well as a ridiculous obsession with needing vindication from awards. Perhaps Beale should research some of the most highly regarded movies of all time, many of which did not ever win or even get nominated for Oscars, and do the same for music albums and TV shows and video games etc and their equivalent awards which they never won, and then he could maybe reach a much-needed epiphany about whatever "vindication" he so desperately craves.

In closing, I present a contrast of an author who used and still uses a pseudonym for her writing with far more dignity and grace, even if her real name ended up getting leaked. I talk of course of the highly successful J.K. Rowling, currently writing as Robert Galbraith for the Cormoron Strike series of crime novels, all of them highly rated and highly selling. And of course, one can't forget that according to TheRabidPuppiesDotCom, Hugo Award Nominee and perhaps the world's greatest author Chuck Tingle has a counter going for how each book is doing: Scalzi's "Collapsing Empire" has an Amazon Best-seller's Rank of #235, where as "Corroding Empire" by Harry Telson is ranked #1671. Add another notch of failure to Castalia House's marketing strategy.

Now comes the part where I get an outraged phone call from Castalia House decrying me for my "WrongThink". I could definitely use a laugh.
I'm sure Tor Books is ever so relieved that the first book in its big bet on John Scalzi has managed to outsell an ebook from an independent publisher. No doubt that was their metric for success. As for my supposed sour grapes, I note I signed my first million-dollar contract was when I was 27 and it was not the most recent one. I very much doubt that anyone who has read a reasonable portion of both our collected works would believe for a second that I would ever wish to trade my bibliography for his. And, quite to the contrary of SJW assumptions, I sincerely wish Scalzi's contract had been ten times bigger in monetary terms; Tor delenda est is the point, after all, as Scalzi is little more than Patrick Nielsen Hayden's creation. Even Scalzi's first unprovoked attack on me in 2005 was inspired by PNH, the corrupt, beating heart of all that is wormwood and rotten in science fiction.

As for the "failure" of Corrosion, those reviewers who have, unlike Mr. Milne, troubled to actually read the novel, have almost uniformly been pleasantly surprised to discover that it is actually a solid science fiction novel in its own right. Castalia House does not publish Tor-like trash, not even when we are gleefully sowing chaos and havoc. From the latest reviews of the first book of The Corroding Empire:
  • Did not know what to expect. Was very pleasantly surprised to discover a first rate SciFy novel. An involved tale of what can go wrong when dimly understood digital algorithms developed by aware AI machine intelligences tightly control the galaxy. Until they don't. Then, the fun starts.
  • I was reading very late at night. I finished an intense chapter detailing a farmer in a life and death fight with systemic wide algo-decay, and went to sleep.  A few hours later I was awakened by the sound of our electricity going off, I drowsily thought to myself, 'oh, drat, more algo-decay.' and then woke up more fully into my own world.  Kind of cool when a book does world building that well, isn't it?
  • I read "Foundation" and it's sequel 50+ years ago and remember them as about a 4 star duo. Enjoyed the Main character, a robot who goes through many changes. The idea of "corrosion" due to basic algorithms over centuries is good. The science ideas are fascinating,, so I enjoyed the book.
  • I remember Foundation as having a general optimistic tone, where the viewpoint characters overcome the challenges of their day guided by the all-knowing ghost of Hari Seldon. There was a sense of inevitability that was only punctured in later books. Corrosion takes an almost opposite track, illustrating a decaying galaxy where chaos reigns and even the far-sighted seer dedicated to restoration is stymied by events and very human reactions. Without going into spoilers, the world of the Corroding Empire is a darker place than the world of Foundation. Yet this darker world also makes the bright spots of the story all the more hopeful and rewarding.
  • I know this book is based on Asimov's Foundation, which is a book I found amusing but not terribly compelling. I actually found this book to be much more interesting, not least because A) the premise was comparatively much more novel and B) it actually had characters I cared about. If you are too dim or humorless to get the obvious joke, this really says a lot more about you than the author or seller. I find it incredibly impressive that this was written essentially on a dare and turned out as well as it did.
The simple fact is that Book One of The Corroding Empire: Corrosion, by Johan Kalsi, was an absolutely smashing success in the eyes of everyone involved, as the fake review by Mr. Milne so beautifully demonstrates. It was a fantastic performance by the highly efficient Castalia House team, wonderfully supported by the ever-loyal Castalia House readers, and after a bit of confusion at the start, even our new friends at Amazon came through in the end.

Seriously, though, why do SJWs always pretend they are laughing, even when you can see they are shaking with rage?

They're big science fiction fans too. In addition to not reading the books they review, SF-SJWs aren't even familiar with the classic SF canon:
EDIT: My bad on the "Harry Seldon" thing. An honest mistake. I've never read any Asimov novels, the closest exposure I've had being the "I, Robot" movie released in the mid-2000s, which I remember liking. Nothing a trip to my local library can't fix. Duly changed those references in my review anyway.
In fairness, I very much doubt John Scalzi has read very many Asimov novels either. I doubt he's even finished the original Foundation trilogy.

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99 Comments:

Blogger Lovekraft March 28, 2017 5:33 AM  

It's hard to see any progress when this continues, yet there is a surety that deep down, we are doing the right thing. Evil is coddled by the left, so the main thing is to neutralize them by keeping to core principles.

Takes a lot of resilience and faith, but who ever said it was going to be easy?

Anonymous Clay March 28, 2017 5:33 AM  

Well. That was pretty damn nasty.

One wonders if there is some gayness involved?

Seriously...not trying to be "homophobic".

Anonymous TS March 28, 2017 5:41 AM  

Just reported abuse on that clown for leaving a fake review as he himself admitted. It's amazing how hypocrisy/projection doesn't even register with lefTARDS, well not really since they are mentally ill.

Blogger The Scribe March 28, 2017 5:43 AM  

Don't you love someone boasting about his awesome editing skills, and then misspells "its" twice in the second paragraph?

Blogger Shimshon March 28, 2017 5:49 AM  

"This book is so not achieving its purpose I'm going to sperg for hundreds of words (726 to be precise) explaining why."

Anonymous Aphelion March 28, 2017 5:53 AM  

Woke up at 3:00 and couldn't sleep so I continued reading The Corroding Empire until 5:30... A great read. Will review when finished.

Blogger SteelPalm March 28, 2017 6:02 AM  

What an abominable eyesore of a fake review. And written by someone with a 3rd grader's level of grammar skills. From repeating the same words over and over, not knowing the difference between "it's" and "its", constant use of loud modifiers, reusing "totally", and misusing basic idioms.

Damned illiterate SJWs.

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 28, 2017 6:06 AM  

Consider an alternate scenario: Castalia House releases this book, with the real name of the author (Harry Seldon) on the cover,

Harry Seldon?!?!?

This shaved howler monkey thinks the author's name is Harry Seldon?

He used the name twice so I'm thinking he did.

Blogger APL March 28, 2017 6:08 AM  

Jon Milne: "I am delighted to admit I did not read "The Corroding Empire". I did not need to."

As a review, we can with some confidence say that Jon Milne doesn't know what he is talking about.

Blogger VD March 28, 2017 6:12 AM  

This shaved howler monkey thinks the author's name is Harry Seldon?

We briefly changed it to that when we were under the impression the rogue SJW was actually communicating legitimate Amazon policy. He wasn't, so we changed it back.

Anonymous Teapartydoc March 28, 2017 6:13 AM  

That shaking with rage while pretending to be laughing is a real stinger.

Blogger JACIII March 28, 2017 6:13 AM  

"Seriously, though, why do SJWs always pretend they are laughing, even when you can see they are shaking with rage?"

I have seen this before. Snowflakes and SJW's are unable to play and do not comprehend the "Get under your skin" game. Rednecks grow up playing it; presumably as socialization to control our tempers so that we may not be goaded into unthinking action.
An amygdala workout.

Kinda hard for a single mom to impart this to her son.

Games men play that snowflakes can't. They see it. They can't do it. They try to fake it. Everyone can tell.

Anonymous Aphelion March 28, 2017 6:14 AM  

Cataline, charitably, i didn't want to think it, but you are right, John Milne is that ignorant...

Blogger Jonathan Wales March 28, 2017 6:18 AM  

Going to all that trouble, and he didn't even read it? The point was?

Anonymous Bz March 28, 2017 6:24 AM  

"Consider an alternate scenario: Castalia House releases this book, with the real name of the author (Harry Seldon)" needle scratch

Chortle, now that's a classic one-star review. I'm actually hoping it's not a parody by some smart aleck.

You know, these reviewers need to do a little bit more actual reading. Merely scanning through the Scalzi pastiche-yet-parody for the politically approved sex scenes -- so brave, by the way -- is simply not enough.

Blogger Jason Rennie March 28, 2017 6:34 AM  

Wait ... does this clown think Harry Seldon is the authors real name ... he has to be a troll ... surely ... O.o

Blogger Achilles March 28, 2017 6:42 AM  

Did anyone else read it as: "A massive inferiority and insecurity complex dooms this book review to failure from the start"

Milne has to be pretty butthurt to write a lengthy review of a book he admits never reading. I wouldn't read an actual review that long let alone Milne's womanly drivel. I need to buy more Castalia books. Not only are they good books but they draw out the crazies to dance for my entertainment.

Blogger VD March 28, 2017 6:47 AM  

This shaved howler monkey thinks the author's name is Harry Seldon?

Oh, dear. Upon further review, I do believe you are right. He really is that stupid.

Blogger Jack Aubrey March 28, 2017 6:50 AM  

Does this set a record for the length of a fake review?

Blogger Skyler the Weird March 28, 2017 6:59 AM  

I'm wondering if he really did read it and is Butthurt that it's not half bad? It's better than 99% of the books sold by SJW authors in booths at Cons.

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 28, 2017 7:00 AM  

Oh, dear. Upon further review, I do believe you are right. He really is that stupid.

It's honestly quite impressive.

Blogger Felix Bellator March 28, 2017 7:03 AM  

If he put that much effort into a real job he would be a millionaire. He would not be just another anonymous loser typing madly in his mother's basement.

Blogger Silly But True March 28, 2017 7:21 AM  

This fake reviewer isn't just dumb. It proves the thesis of Sad Puppies: that the people reading the message fiction don't read scifi, have never read scifi, nor know anything about the scifi canon.

They are only in scifi now because they saw something else fun that they knew needed to be converged.

So while they have no idea who Hari Seldon is, yet claim to love scifi, the fact is this. They don't need to know.

They have a secret weapon.

They have magic moon rocks. Sprinkle a little bit of the magic moon rocks over that gay Asian short story and it'll literally rain scifi. Sprinkle a little bit over If I Gave A Mouse Some Cheese, and it turns into a velociraptor. Sprinkle it over mediocre space opera and voila, gone are the pronouns.

These magic moon rocks know just what's necessary to make good scifi.

Blogger Salt March 28, 2017 7:28 AM  

Amazing length to that dreck, like a ficticious short story. It should be titled, "If I Was A Real Reviewer My Love"

Blogger Raziel Walker March 28, 2017 7:29 AM  

If I had an amazon account I would report this garbage but alas..

Anonymous John Scalzi Unfinished Asimov Project March 28, 2017 7:31 AM  

" a guy who seriously holds the hilariously stupid view of "White Genocide" that mixed race babies will totally cause the destruction of Earth"

I sometimes say, and genuinely believe, that if everyone woke up tomorrow one-quarter genetically black, the entire human race would die.

I suppose technically that's an overstatement, since quadroon Bantus might actually do better down in Africa than the full kind. But probably every humanoid living outside the equator would starve to death, and anyway it's not like the uber-Bantu would produce any Beethovens. Far from it.

But then again: I suppose some leavening of non-Bantu blood would be just enough to make the quad-Bantus do something stupid, like write crappy poetry about Blackness instead of just collecting palm oil or whatever it is they do and crap out more black babies so enough will survive to maturity to continue the humanoidish species. A conundrum . . . .

But yeah it's not like mixed babies would launch nuclear warfare or anything because the Industrial Revolution would be over. So I guess that point's in his favor.

Blogger Orville March 28, 2017 7:39 AM  

The Dark Lord has many layers. Vox Day, Theodore Beale, Harry Seldon. Who is this mysterious cruelty artist that haunts the SJW?

Anonymous Looking Glass March 28, 2017 7:44 AM  

Probably the most fun part of all of this is the amazingly low-cost to all this winning. Our Dark Lord is going to be in there heads for months just because he published a good book. It'll be even more fun when the 3-book cycle is complete before Scalzi finishes his.

Under budget, ahead of schedule and full of winning. This is fun.

Blogger Dire Badger March 28, 2017 7:45 AM  

Why are they always social justice warriors?

Why can't they be social justice rogues, or social justice clerics? it shows an astonishing lack of creativity that SJW's cannot even fill out a balanced party.

Anonymous Avalanche March 28, 2017 7:46 AM  

@27 "The Dark Lord has many layers. Vox Day, Theodore Beale, Harry Seldon. Who is this mysterious cruelty artist that haunts the SJW?"

And where do we send the salutes and congratulations?!

Anonymous Longtime Lurker March 28, 2017 7:52 AM  

Mr. Milne farts in our general direction. Did a quick word check. Mr. Milne mentions Vox 8 times, Castalia House twice, Scalzi 4 times, Harry Seldon twice, and himself 10 times.

Very self-centered Mr. Milne is. And very angry too. Milne mentions the infamous phone prank as something that happened to him. Which would make him Rev. Bob? Or someone else?

Blogger Jack Ward March 28, 2017 7:56 AM  

19. Jack Aubrey March 28, 2017 6:50 AM

Does this set a record for the length of a fake review?
Sir: I do believe you are correct. Think I will record this one star in my permanent records. But for their numbers, it's almost embarrassing to call these people opponents.

OpenID aew51183 March 28, 2017 7:58 AM  

In the mean time, on the alt-media front, it appears the SJW's have fully admitted they've lost the public debate.

They have now mobilized all resources in major multinationals of the globalist bent and gone on an all out campaign of financial terrorism against youtube with a simple message: "Shut down dissent against us and the MSM narrative or else"

Reports are coming in of mass demonetization and purges of youtube channels that dissent against feminism and islam that make the twitter purges look like stubbed toes. The situation is still developing and will likely take 2 weeks to a month before its effects are fully deployed and documented.

So far PJW and ComputingForever are the only ones giving this significant mention.

Blogger SouthRon March 28, 2017 8:13 AM  

Is Jon the idiot grandson of A. A. Milne? So brave my little Piglet. So brave indeed.

Blogger Eric Hanson March 28, 2017 8:17 AM  

That can't be a real fake review. I think it's a parody of a fake review which makes it a fake fake review. Did Harry Seldon actually write this?

Anonymous Man of the Atom March 28, 2017 8:18 AM  

Hilarity! Jon Milne has edited his emotional incontinence at Amazon due to the triggering ripostes from Vox and the Ilk -- and ADMITS he's never read Asimov.

The Salt and the Butthurt continue to flow unabated!

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 28, 2017 8:21 AM  

At least Milne did not go off into milk is a white sooooopremacy plot.

Blogger KSC March 28, 2017 8:27 AM  

What all of these SJWs call a publicity stunt is what normal people call marketing.

Also, what is it with SJWs somehow thinking calling Vox by his regular name will get under his skin? It's the opposite of coming up with a clever or cutting nickname.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer March 28, 2017 8:30 AM  

The funniest part of this whole episode is the continued butthurt over Vox being nominated to the best editor slot for the Hugos. Notice a large number of the fake reviews attack the editing of the book. That is because they are still not over Vox's Hugo nomination in that category.

Blogger Lazarus March 28, 2017 8:31 AM  

Cataline Sergius wrote:This shaved howler monkey thinks the author's name is Harry Seldon?



And later in the piece we see: Corroding Empire" by Harry Telson

Blogger Cato the Elder March 28, 2017 8:31 AM  

@29

Quite true.

But at least there's never any shortage of social justice thieves.

Blogger SouthRon March 28, 2017 8:32 AM  

Whoever the real author of Corrosion is, congratulations and well done. I haven't read it yet and already want to support you and Castalia further when a hardcover edition is available.

There is nothing so fun as embarrassing SJW's at their own game and watching the looks of constrained fury they can never admit they feel.

I was stuck with a bunch of women and a few limp-wristed men in a compulsory college writing class. The required subject for our midterm paper was Environmentalism. I couldn't write it in good faith, so I wrote it in bad faith, imitating the worst tree-hugging SJW's I'd ever known.

The paper was given and A+ and voted as the best paper by the class. The instructor was urging me to submit it to a writing competition, but first asked me to read the entire thing before the class. So, I did.

They then had the usual class discussion on the subject and near the end I was asked how I came to such beautiful and perceptive insights. I told them I simply pretended I was one of them and that I didn't believe any of it, wrote it to spoof their absurd positions and then proceeded to tear apart the theses of the paper.

Oh glorious agony. The expressions and anger were priceless. Needless to say, the instructor withdrew his support for me submitting in competition.

Blogger VD March 28, 2017 8:34 AM  

That is because they are still not over Vox's Hugo nomination in that category.

Nomination? My good sir, you wrong me! Surely you mean "nominations", as in three. And counting.

Blogger Mocheirge March 28, 2017 8:37 AM  

Dire Badger wrote:Why are they always social justice warriors?

Why can't they be social justice rogues, or social justice clerics? it shows an astonishing lack of creativity that SJW's cannot even fill out a balanced party.

Having to admit your tank can't heal is like acknowledging a Muslim isn't American. Verboten to an Equals.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer March 28, 2017 8:40 AM  

VD wrote:That is because they are still not over Vox's Hugo nomination in that category.

Nomination? My good sir, you wrong me! Surely you mean "nominations", as in three. And counting.


Apologies for my oversight. I did not intend to diminish your accomplishments.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 28, 2017 8:50 AM  

Reviewed Corroding, 5 stars (read it in two sittings) and down voted Chinless Milne's pathetic screed.

Blogger wreckage March 28, 2017 8:51 AM  

How you know you should not aspire to being a writer:

"It's truly amazing how much sour grapes old Theodore is full of that Mr Scalzi has a highly lucrative book deal worth millions of dollars, something which Beale is nowhere close to ever achieving."

This kind of fucking disaster is what happens when ego outstrips eloquence.

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 28, 2017 8:54 AM  

Somebody needs to lay off the Adderall. Hint: it's not a learning disability.,

Blogger wreckage March 28, 2017 8:55 AM  

On closer inspection, I accidentally highlighted one of his BETTER sentences. I can't read the whole thing, it's like filing my own teeth.

Blogger The Other Robot March 28, 2017 9:01 AM  

It would be interesting to see Amazon's reaction if someone wrote a similar review of The Collapsing Empire. Ie, admitting that they hadn't read the book and simply writing shit about the author and publisher.

If Amazon takes it down while leaving all the fake reviews up for Castalia house, that would tend to prove Amazon is biased.

Blogger Ned March 28, 2017 9:02 AM  

#4 & #7 - yep - these self-anointed "expert" SJW reviewers, so full of themselves and their critical analysis skills, regularly slaughter the English language. Typos obviously happen, and most folks won't jump on people for that. But SteelPalm noted the idiocy that really jumps off the page. When one decides to be an authority on being an authority, and bitch-whining about some one else's editing skills, these mistakes are inexcusable.

Blogger Shimshon March 28, 2017 9:04 AM  

"Nothing a trip to my local library can't fix."

Translation: Snooze. Won't read, but could. Who has any interest in reading boring old stories written by beardy white men.

Anonymous waffle guy March 28, 2017 9:04 AM  

Your book has been available on all book pirating sites http://forum.mobilism.org/viewtopic.php?f=1293&t=2001538

So it is pointless to claim how negative reviews must be fake because they are not verified purchasers. I read some of it and I am no verified purchaser and I have no interest in paying anything based on what I have read. Most people will have such reaction after "sampling" it, considering its low quality...

Anonymous Be Deplorable, Not Afraid March 28, 2017 9:06 AM  

I'm still working through Corrosion, and enjoying every e-page of it. The story is rich, and certainly seems to be a serious work of fiction (whether it was meant to be, or no). To me, the whole thing seems to be a metaphor of the dangers of central planning and the law of unintended consequences (question to self: is the law of unintended consequences simply the uncertainty principle writ large?). Especially chilling was the SJW-like actual nonpersoning of a character, carried out by soulless machines (so the righteous don't get their precious hands dirty).

So far, the book is a delight to read, and I suspect a 5-star review is coming. To anybody still on the fence, get this book, it's another winner from CH, and a brilliant debut work from Johann Kalsi, Space Ma--- er, Finnish Marine,

Blogger wreckage March 28, 2017 9:08 AM  

@51 It's not just stupidity, it's the poverty of the writing. It's dull, lifeless, dreary; there's not one scrap of craftsmanship anywhere. This is a book review from someone who does NOT read, or at least, does not read anything of even the slightest quality.

Blogger wreckage March 28, 2017 9:10 AM  

"So it is pointless to claim how negative reviews must be fake because they are not verified purchasers."

Hi, John Milne. Do you have a learning disorder?

Blogger Ken Prescott March 28, 2017 9:11 AM  

Quarter of the way in...it's a good story. I'm enjoying it for what it is, a decent sci-fi novel.

Blogger wreckage March 28, 2017 9:12 AM  

@53 I really don't want to mock your stunted vocabulary, oafish malapropisms, and tragically malformed sentences, if they're the result of a genuine disability.

Anonymous waffle guy March 28, 2017 9:19 AM  

I need not say anything. Vox Day's followers such as yourself offer the most potent rebuttal of his claims as well as a convincing picture of the poor mental state of his audience.

Blogger horsewithnonick March 28, 2017 9:22 AM  

I think Pope Francis qualifies as a social justice cleric.

Blogger KSC March 28, 2017 9:23 AM  

Annnnnd gamma.

Anonymous Mike Rock March 28, 2017 9:24 AM  

TWO thumbs up for SouthRon.....first Piglet, then the enviroscum paper..... Priceless!! Way to go!!

Blogger Silly But True March 28, 2017 9:26 AM  

Wup wup wup wup wup.
Your ride is here to take you above all this low-quality literature, Milne.

Blogger VD March 28, 2017 9:26 AM  

So it is pointless to claim how negative reviews must be fake because they are not verified purchasers. I read some of it and I am no verified purchaser and I have no interest in paying anything based on what I have read. Most people will have such reaction after "sampling" it, considering its low quality...

You're still obviously a fake reviewer. You can try to hide behind piracy all you like. And it won't be long before Amazon stops permitting unverified purchasers to review because of fake reviewers like you.

Blogger Ken Prescott March 28, 2017 9:28 AM  

KSC wrote:Annnnnd gamma.

If he were any more gamma, people would be turning green and going on the Mother of All Roid Rages...

Anonymous Black and Gold March 28, 2017 9:29 AM  

@50

There are none as long as the one listed here, but Scalzi's book does have a few one star reviews that do the same thing. You just have to turn off the verified purchase filter.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit March 28, 2017 9:46 AM  

@waffle guy seriously, you squandered all your parent's savings on a useless degree, ended up serving waffles and you are proud of that?!?

You people crack me up.

Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky March 28, 2017 10:06 AM  

You just want to smack pretentious lalawads such as Milne. He didn't read the book. Enough said, so he can shut up. He's produced a polemic, not a book review, and hijacked the book review process towards his own end. That's contemptible. And his facts are, ... as facts tend to be in POLEMICS.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 28, 2017 10:12 AM  

Can you guys really take a lunatic like Milne seriously?

To me it would be a lot more fun to have such a person continue ranting.

Blogger maniacprovost March 28, 2017 10:15 AM  

I still can't believe the ignoramus thought Harry Seldon is the author's real name... That brightened up my whole day.

Anonymous Man of the Atom March 28, 2017 10:20 AM  

maniacprovost wrote:I still can't believe the ignoramus thought Harry Seldon is the author's real name... That brightened up my whole day.

The comments to his post contain one more item of mirth:

"Rev Bob" himself made the first comment and attempted to straighten out the frothing lack-wit on who "Harry Seldon" was.

Anonymous kfg March 28, 2017 10:21 AM  

@54: "is the law of unintended consequences simply the uncertainty principle writ large?"

No, it's Gödel's incompleteness theorems, but only if you have actually writ large.

The rest of time it's simple ignorance, with a side of stupidity for not expecting unintended consequences when you poke one bit of a complex system.

Blogger Jack Ward March 28, 2017 10:22 AM  

@59 a convincing picture of the poor mental state of his audience.
You should be glad our mental state isn't that low, or, we might, you know, act like the anti Trump protestors complete with clubs, eh, flags on sticks.

Anonymous SaltHarvest March 28, 2017 10:22 AM  

Dire Badger wrote:Why are they always social justice warriors?

Why can't they be social justice rogues, or social justice clerics? it shows an astonishing lack of creativity that SJW's cannot even fill out a balanced party.


There are a few SJ Rogues when *borrowing* is required. There are no clerics since healing the sick is a micro-aggression perpetrated by people who haven't checked their "wellness" privileges.

Blogger Severius March 28, 2017 10:22 AM  

Consider an alternate scenario: Castalia House releases this book, with the real name of the author (Harry Seldon)

I did literal spit take at this line, it was just too much. These people are so hopelessly stupid, they don't even know the name of one of the central characters of the books Scalzi is ripping off?

Blogger maniacprovost March 28, 2017 10:26 AM  

Now, now, Harry Seldon is only the most famous Sci-Fi character of the entire Golden Age. Just because he's in the book that inspired both the Scalzi and Kalsi novels under discussion, doesn't mean he's relevant.

Anonymous BBGKB March 28, 2017 10:44 AM  

These people are so hopelessly stupid, they don't even know the name of one of the central characters of the books Scalzi is ripping off?

Hey Scalzi's next book about Pixie the snow leapord furry who walks thru walls is totally original.

Why are they always social justice warriors?...There are no clerics since healing the sick is a micro-aggression perpetrated by people who haven't checked their "wellness" privileges

They have clerics, Dan Savage is the high priest of the god of diseases, bathhouses are the temples.

Blogger mushroom March 28, 2017 10:50 AM  

I thought the book was going to be a joke, which I was going to enjoy. Then I sat down to read it. I read Foundation, forty years ago. Asimov was a good idea man, but he wasn't an exceptional writer. Corroding Empire is good science fiction. I have a stack of books I am working my way through. They all got pushed aside, and I finished this one because it is entertaining and fun.

Blogger Al Smith March 28, 2017 11:11 AM  

There should be a "Jew or Not Jew" for fake book reviews.

Anonymous Bz March 28, 2017 11:31 AM  

"Hey Scalzi's next book about Pixie the snow leapord furry who walks thru walls is totally original."

Snow leopardox, if you please.

Anonymous GregMan March 28, 2017 12:30 PM  

"Consider an alternate scenario: Castalia House releases this book, with the real name of the author (Harry Seldon)"

So who's the next big Castalia House author? Jimmy Kirk? Gail Dornick? Hal Ninethousand?

I still can't quite believe that this dope thought "Harry Seldon" was the author's real name.

Anonymous Hairy Seldom March 28, 2017 1:28 PM  

I still can't quite believe that this dope thought "Harry Seldon" was the author's real name.

Me too!!!

Blogger Markku March 28, 2017 2:13 PM  

So who's the next big Castalia House author? Jimmy Kirk? Gail Dornick? Hal Ninethousand?

Don't tell anyone, but we just contracted a series of 42 novels from Dr. Deepak "Deep" Thought.

Blogger Feather Blade March 28, 2017 2:43 PM  

Now comes the part where I get an outraged phone call from Castalia House decrying me for my "WrongThink". I could definitely use a laugh.

Can anyone else picture him waiting by his phone, bouncing in his chair with glee, waiting, justwaiting for that Castalia House phone call...

He'll be so disappointed when the phone doesn't ring...

Blogger Markku March 28, 2017 3:07 PM  

We'll have BigGaySteve visit him in person. After all, that's clearly what he REALLY wants.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey March 28, 2017 3:31 PM  

Sad when all you have to do to parody your enemies is reprint their screeds verbatim. Wait a minute, what am I saying? It's hilarious.

Anonymous MendoScot March 28, 2017 3:37 PM  

That pirated copy was posted yesterday so it's unlikely that a significant number of the unverified reviews come from it. Still. it's entertaining to think how much more popular than its amazon ranking it must be if it's indeed available "on all book pirating sites".

Anonymous kfg March 28, 2017 4:14 PM  

" . . . it's unlikely that a significant number of the unverified reviews come from it."

Especially given the number of them that openly profess that they haven't read the book, because "Mum! Dad! It's evil! Don't touch it!"

Blogger S. Misanthrope March 28, 2017 4:23 PM  

The Harry Seldon thing is too funny. I've never read Foundation, and even I knew as soon as the new author, title, and cover went up that there had to be another joke behind all three. Know thy enemy, SJW. Or just keep projecting your way to embarassing failure. That works, too.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart March 28, 2017 6:00 PM  

Consider an alternate scenario: Castalia House releases this book, with the real name of the author (Harry Seldon) on the cover, as well as not having the identical artwork, fonts, and positioning of the words as an other considerably higher selling book. In other words, the book by Mr Seldon would be allowed to stand on it's own two feet and (bla bla bla bla)

Wat? Real name? Harry Seldon?

Hahahahahhahahahaha hahahahahaha hahaha hahahahah hahah haha hahahaha haha

Blogger Franz Lyonheart March 28, 2017 6:01 PM  

Hahahaha hahahahahaha hahahaha hahah haha hahahaha hahaha ha ha

Blogger Franz Lyonheart March 28, 2017 6:02 PM  

He he.

(My apologies for the spam o Dark Lord. This was too funny. Hi. La. Rious.)

Blogger Franz Lyonheart March 28, 2017 6:11 PM  

@90. Ups. Others already noticed. And by "others", I mean....like everybody.

I could not read the rest of the post nor the other comments, I laughed so hard and had to instantly express as much. Hat tip to all other science fiction fans. ;)

Blogger Vikki Wilson March 28, 2017 9:17 PM  

Priceless! The writer clearly a newcomer to the entire genre."the real author Harry Seldon" indeed. Cheesy cover art is traditional and beloved.
The piece also betrays the fact that the fellow is unfamiliar with the concept of trolling. Hilarious.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club March 28, 2017 11:31 PM  

"I remember seeing the movie based on the book" qualifies as being erudite for the modern "educated" class.

Blogger wreckage March 29, 2017 4:07 AM  

@59, so, your weirdly stilted phrasing is just the result of an impoverished education?

"I need say nothing" would have been the correct phrasing if you're going for archly formal.

Blogger Jonathan91919 March 29, 2017 4:56 AM  

You know, if you're really so determined to have me actually purchase this book, you could try pitching it to me as luxury toilet paper. I'm already down to just four pages of the copy of Twilight that I got given on a "Buy One, Get One Free" basis from a shopkeeper who thought I should at least try it. Sadly it turned to be crap and so its pages have been used both for emergency toilet purposes and for fuelling campfires when out with friends. Ditto the Scientology leaflets I get through my door, and likewise the Bible that a Jehovah's Witness posted through my door (I think I'm almost done with using the whole of the Old Testament for toilet/fire purposes). Also used the other 6 Narnia books (inexplicably not entitled "If you don't want to read the Bible, just read this, it's pretty much the same book") that aren't "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe", after making the error of buying the whole set from a bargain bin.

Oh, and before someone here inevitably accuses me of how being scared to ever do that to a Koran, rest assured that if you simply mail me a copy, I'd be happy to use it for the same reasons.

Blogger Pteronarcyd March 29, 2017 6:29 AM  

"I read "Foundation" and it's sequel 50+ years ago and remember them as about a 4 star duo."

Well over 60 years ago "Foundation" was a trilogy. Fifty-one years the trilogy was awarded "5-star status."

Blogger wreckage March 29, 2017 9:13 AM  

@97, The Horse and His Boy? Best book in the series. There's something wrong with you.

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