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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

They owe him

It's always interesting to see how SJWs continually vacillate between claiming that I am totally insignificant and can't possibly achieve anything and asserting that I am a dire threat to SJW convergence who must be stopped at all costs.
You All Owe Me

So, you may be familiar with Vox Day, the neofascist scumbag who tried to game the Hugos last year because the award always goes to so-called "social justice warrior" authors. Well recently, after people pointed out that the Goodreads Choice Awards have a wide, wide user base and still award the same type of books as the Hugos and Nebulas, he decided to take action. Over New Years weekend he announced the formation of a Goodreads group with the purpose of gaming the site. Of course the group was set to private so the evil SJWs wouldn't be able to see what he was up to.

Too bad for him the only thing keeping out the SJWs was a challenge question that could be answered with a simple Google search. By Saturday night I had access to the group. I didn't know what to do -- undermine him from the inside, play Serpico and leak screenshots on a piecemeal basis, or save them up for a big reveal. The last one seemed the best way not to get caught until I had a good collection of dirt, and I was strongly leaning in that direction.

But after reading File770's news roundup yesterday, which included a story about someone being ganged up on by Day and his goons, I decided it might be better to give warning where I could.... Since Vlad so kindly left a link to this evil librarian who had cut off his privileges, I decided to contact him with a warning. Within eight hours Vox Day's group was gone and VD's over on his blog whining about being banned here.
It doesn't seem to have occurred to Sean O'Hara, the SJW infiltrator par excellence, that I made no effort to keep out SJW entryists; I literally wrote the book on SJW entrysm, after all. And Castalia House has been under nonstop cracking attempts since last April. The supersecret question that Sean managed to puzzle out was: "What is the name of the spokesmanatee".

The goal had absolutely nothing to do with committing any vandalism on the site. The goal was to see to what extent the SJWs were running amok on Goodreads and smoke them out. I also wanted to learn the system in the build-up to the next Reader's Choice award, which is not something to which I had hitherto paid any attention, but at least superficially looked less corrupt than the Hugo Awards. We discovered how converged the site is much faster than I had anticipated, thanks to Sean and Rivka, who is not only a librarian, but a moderator.

It should be obvious that if I had any desire to wreak havoc, I would not have formed a public group of around 200 people and permitted anyone to join it. I would have simply unleashed the 466 Vile Faceless Minions sworn to mindless obedience of the Supreme Dark Lord.

In any event, this isn't over. If you want to weigh in, make a Goodreads account, follow my author page, and rate a few books that you've read. It only takes a few seconds, and obviously, it is something the SJWs there greatly fear or they would not have reacted as they did. Once more, we see that whatever they have read, it isn't Sun Tzu.

Here is an example of a one-star review that Goodreads still deems appropriate and features on its site:
Rhea rated it did not like it
Shelves: 0-stars-not-even-literature, never-ever-read

The author is a bag of shit, a brainless cockroach, a demented baboon. He (or should I call him "it"?) is racist and sexist and writes poorly-conceived, cookie-cutter, Tolkein-clone, wish-fulfillment fantasy to fill its empty life. Fuck you and fuck your mother for not having her priorities straight nine months before you were born.

Also, if you read one or two of its blog posts you will see that it has absolutely no sense of logic. I skimmed over one and apperently Vox says that because women are suffering from sex abuse at workplaces, they shouldn't work at all because their presence is causing "smart capable men" to "turn into rapists." What the honest fuck?!? WHAT KIND OF ACID DO YOU HAVE TO BE ON TO ARRIVE AT THAT CONCLUSION!?!? Is he drunk??? Is he a troll??? Is he even human??? My theory is that his father had sex with a horse...
Here is an example of a one-star review that Goodreads deemed worthy of a permanent ban and removed from their site, in addition to a four-star review of Banks's The Business and a five-star review of Haruki Murakami's A Wild Sheep Chase.
Vox Day rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction

THE WASP FACTORY, by Iain Banks, was declared to be one of the top 100 novels of the 20th century by The Independent. That being the case, one can only presume that the Unabomber's Manifesto, a collection of the Best of The Penthouse Forum Letters, and a recipe for recycling human waste finished in the top 10.

The Wasp Factory is grotesque in almost every possible way. It is a horror story that is carefully calculated to shock and appall the senses in much the same way, and for much the same reason, that a performance artist would defecate on stage and then roll around in his own excrement. If one reads this book without feeling at least a little disgusted with the author and inclined to wonder what his problem is, there is almost certainly something psychologically wrong with you. The fact that the author succeeds in his obvious authorial intent is not an indication of "exceptional quality", but merely demonstrates the depths to which the author intended to descend.

Iain Banks is not a bad writer. Quite the opposite, and I have read and enjoyed a number of his books. But The Wasp Factory is about as egregious a misuse, as irresponsible an abuse, of an author's literary talent as one can imagine. The plot is absurd, the characters are paper-thin and completely lacking in any credibility whatsoever, and their bizarre sadism is surpassed only by that of the author in subjecting the reader to this novel.

The fact that it was highly praised is a severe indictment of the terrible state of modern literary criticism.

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102 Comments:

Blogger Thomas Davidsmeier January 05, 2016 8:22 AM  

The 4GW Handbook you publish would also be a Goodread for those nitwits.

I'm curious if anybody else has noticed the very interesting aspects of the 4GW Handbook's application to education in general? Thinking about an education system and the kinds of "soldiers" that it produces can be very informative when it comes to SJW behavior and human behavior in general.

Anonymous ST January 05, 2016 8:32 AM  

How "open minded" and "inclusive" and oh yeah "diverse".

Anonymous LurkingPuppy January 05, 2016 8:35 AM  

The author is a bag of shit, a brainless cockroach, a demented baboon.

That ‘Rhea’ person has an impressive vocabulary! That's a much more eloquent string of calumnies than Dr. Phil Sandifer, Ph.D., was able to muster.

Anonymous Set January 05, 2016 8:35 AM  

Top review of John C. Wright's Judge of Ages on Goodreads since November 2013:

>DMS marked it as no
>I've basically stopped reviewing here in favor of BookLikes, but for Mr. Wright, I'm willing to make an exception. Especially with this oh-so-perfect title. And, really, the rest of this review consists mostly of his writing, not mine:

>"A real heroine does not manipulate good men by their affections, nor copulate out of wedlock." (Slut shaming, check.)

>"Women, it must be noted, complain more than men." (Unchecked "facts," check.)

>"But the purpose of the specialization is also difficult to deny: children need both a father-figure to mete out justice and fight for the family against the world, winning bread and slaying foes, and need a mother-figure to quench the thirst for mercy and nurture the family within the home." (Oh, good, I was worried he might not say anything homophobic.)

>"His mission is not to give into despair, and, when she walks out on him, to walk after her." (No means keep trying, check.)

>"Now, if that is the essence of the male-female mating dance, as you can see, nature places a much greater burden on the woman." (Personal prejudice (especially Western) = nature, check.)

>"The sexes are opposite, and culture should exaggerate the complimentary opposition by artifice in order to increase our joy in them, including artifices of dress and speech: when women dress and speak and act like men, some joy is erased from both sexes." (Put a bow on it, check)

>"Feminism abolishes femininity." (straw-man feminism, check. There's a lot more of this kind of thing, but most of it is so long-winded and illogical that you, dear reader, would think I made it up.)

>"By the way, gentlemen, this is why women talk more than men and talk about more trivial things." (See unchecked "facts."

>I've read more than enough of this author. No need to waste money on this upcoming title.

>Also, just for good measure: Fuck you goodreads.

I reported this review over a year ago, yet there it stands.

Blogger White Knight Leo #0368 January 05, 2016 8:37 AM  

Apparently this goes to prove that Amazon is a business and Goodreads is not.

Blogger VD January 05, 2016 8:40 AM  

Apparently this goes to prove that Amazon is a business and Goodreads is not.

I suspect the management of Goodreads knows nothing about any of this sort of thing. They instituted new policies and purged many anti-author reviews and shelves last year. I suspect they will need to do it again, and to get rid of a number of moderators and librarians in the process.

Anonymous Anonymous January 05, 2016 8:49 AM  

I have been a Goodreads member since 2010. I read approximately 150 books a year (at least half sf); obviously I'm retired. Quantum Mortis series scores 4s and 5s, my favorite Baen authors (Ringo, Weber, Bujold, Flint, Kratman, Williamson, Correia, Drake, etc.) usually score 4s and 5s, and so on. From this point forward I will pay closer attention to others' reviews and 'challenge' those that reflect an 'inability' to read. Although more SP than RP, I enjoy your blog and visit daily. Keep up the good work.

Blogger James Dixon January 05, 2016 8:49 AM  

> I suspect the management of Goodreads knows nothing about any of this sort of thing.

I can only assume you're taking steps to correct this lack of knowledge.

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 05, 2016 8:51 AM  

Lots of five-star reviews praising Stephen King's IT on Goodreads. I'm curious how many of these people didn't read the whole thing, and how many just plain don't care about all the 12-year-old children having sex toward the end.

Anonymous Scintan January 05, 2016 8:53 AM  

Seems like contacting either Goodreads higher ups or someone at the parent company would be the next step. I'd imagine that Amazon would be very interested in seeing what passes as acceptable under its umbrella.

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 05, 2016 8:55 AM  

Generally I'm a fan of King and I understand he has to do his creative trance thing but come on bro, cut that shit out and show it to your therapist.

Blogger Austin Ballast January 05, 2016 9:24 AM  

Make our account their anonymous or tied to our real life Amazon account?

Any point in trying to contact Amazon now to point out the issue, especially if we spend a fair bit at Amazon?

OpenID denektenorsk January 05, 2016 9:25 AM  

Wrong fans having wrong fun. O'Hara (Peace be upon him), the self declared prophet has saved them! O'Hara (Peace be upon him) has also proven why the Sad Puppies exist in the first place. If you don't game the system the right way then you shall be censured.

Blogger VD January 05, 2016 9:30 AM  

Make our account their anonymous or tied to our real life Amazon account?

Anonymous.

Any point in trying to contact Amazon now to point out the issue, especially if we spend a fair bit at Amazon?

No. Leave Amazon out of it. They have enough trouble dealing with their own reviews, they can't be expected to care about some shenanigans at Goodreads.

Blogger VD January 05, 2016 9:31 AM  

I'd imagine that Amazon would be very interested in seeing what passes as acceptable under its umbrella.

I doubt Amazon could care less. They have far bigger fish to fry.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 05, 2016 9:33 AM  

Sean's political rhetoric is pretty silly, I mean does he think sounding like a teenaged girl is sophisticated?

Anonymous Desiderius January 05, 2016 9:42 AM  

"Sean's political rhetoric is pretty silly, I mean does he think sounding like a teenaged girl is sophisticated?"

Of course. Do any SJWs not sound like (early) teenage girls? Immaturity is their defining characteristic.

Blogger stevev January 05, 2016 9:45 AM  

But, Athor Pel, "He thrusts his fists against the post, and still insists he sees the ghosts" is such literary and linguistic genius, that it overshadows the perv.
I never read another Stephen King novel, exactly because of that scene. (58 y/o now).

Anonymous WillBest January 05, 2016 9:48 AM  

Keep in mind the only reason Amazon bought goodreads was to prevent it from directing sales away from Amazon or worse becoming a competitor itself (ie. Apple buys it). It has already served its purpose as far as Amazon is concerned.

Blogger stevev January 05, 2016 9:48 AM  

Oops. Got my A* P*'s mixed up! Aeoli Pera, not Athor Pel. Darned amyloid plaque!

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 05, 2016 9:55 AM  

Oops. Got my A* P*'s mixed up! Aeoli Pera, not Athor Pel. Darned amyloid plaque!

If I were worried about small mistakes, I wouldn't have the time to really self-sabotage in ambitious new ways.

Blogger Miss Carnivorous January 05, 2016 9:55 AM  

Your father did not "Have sex with a horse"! Your mother had sex with a minotaur. Big difference!

Blogger Aeoli Pera January 05, 2016 9:56 AM  

So, speaking of pedophiles...children's lit seriously needs to clean house.

http://www.earthporm.com/weirdest-childrens-books/

Anonymous kawaika January 05, 2016 9:57 AM  

Goodreads--where the child things are.

Blogger Thomas Davidsmeier January 05, 2016 10:09 AM  

Alright, I just signed up for Goodreads. One of the categories I ticked for interests was Religion. I also ticked Christian.

First book to pop up in the recommendations for me:

Jesus Interrupted by noted apostate heretic Bart Ehrman.

Talk about insulting. It is like the site is a spectrum dwelling atheist trying to argue me out of my faith by pointing out objections that have been shredded by Christian apologists for centuries.

The whole list of recommendations are actually terrible and borderline offensive across the board. Science gives me an E.O. Wilson book titled "The Meaning of Human Existence." Graphic novels gives me the vomit-inducing-from-description-only "Rat Queens." Fantasy is something titled "Six of Crows" which has a criminal prodigy as its hero.

If I didn't already know that it was infested with SJWs, I'd be awfully suspicious at this point. The stink of the place makes me want to stay away. Guess I better put a clothespin on my nose and get to it.

Blogger Thomas Davidsmeier January 05, 2016 10:15 AM  

Oops, signed up as myself. Better fix that.

Blogger Nate January 05, 2016 10:16 AM  

people...
If you're going to comment on goodreads... remember... rhetoric. Its like twitter. Dialect has no place there.

when some sjw hag brags about not reading a book... don't debate that with her. Ask her how many cats she has.

Blogger Nate January 05, 2016 10:24 AM  

it appears to me that Goodreads put up a fight against this sort thing in 2013 and ended up losing that fight and ended up giving up. It appears many of the exact reviews they deleted back then are even back up now. It looks to me as if the SJWs have 100% complete control of the site.

But that's not surprising.

Have you ever heard a conservative talk about it?

Blogger Shimshon January 05, 2016 10:25 AM  

As always, the train is fine.

Blogger Noah B #120 January 05, 2016 10:26 AM  

Awesomely well-written review of THE WASP FACTORY.

OpenID denektenorsk January 05, 2016 10:40 AM  


when some sjw hag brags about not reading a book... don't debate that with her. Ask her how many cats she has.


LOL. I really want to be able to upvote that.

OpenID denektenorsk January 05, 2016 10:42 AM  


it appears to me that Goodreads put up a fight against this sort thing in 2013 and ended up losing that fight and ended up giving up. It appears many of the exact reviews they deleted back then are even back up now. It looks to me as if the SJWs have 100% complete control of the site.

But that's not surprising.

Have you ever heard a conservative talk about it?


Of course not. They are too busy virtue signaling.

OpenID basementhomebrewer January 05, 2016 10:43 AM  

My favorite part of this is that Mr. Ohhhh'Sullenvan could not resist virtue signaling. In his mind he was some kind of masked avenger or super spy. Hey, idiot you would have been a lot more effective if you didn't tell everyone you did it." Now we know who you are and you can't "infiltrate" the group again.

In his mind he is some sort of conquering hero but he screwed up his own fantasy. It's like Batman or Spiderman captures his first criminal and then immediately goes to the press and pulls their mask off and says "behold, I am the hero of the day". Then proceed to get murdered in their sleep by any run of the mill villain.

Anonymous DarthWheatley #2415 January 05, 2016 10:51 AM  

For some inexplicable reason, "If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love" is now rated 2.99 on average.

I wonder why that is.

Couldn't possibly be because it sucked...

Could it?

Blogger Aziz P. January 05, 2016 11:10 AM  

i flagged Rhea's review for Abuse.

Blogger Danby January 05, 2016 11:14 AM  

16. Mr.MantraMan January 05, 2016 9:33 AM

Sean's political rhetoric is pretty silly, I mean does he think sounding like a teenaged girl is sophisticated?

His novel is #1754 in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy , he's evidently addicted to Japanese lolicon and pedophilic S&M hentai, he spends his entire day reading trash, for years at a stretch, and you want him to sound like a grown up?

Blogger Giraffe January 05, 2016 11:20 AM  

"Don't read it because Vox is a poopyhead" is fine, while "this is a horrible book and this author is capable of much better" means you must be banned.

Might I propose rule 4: SJW's are stupid.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 05, 2016 11:24 AM  

I'm convinced Sean is not a person to assign any sort of authority in any fashion he pretty much is a poster it for self disqualification. But then again I disqualify all asshats such as Sean because I'm mean and life is short

Blogger Student in Blue January 05, 2016 11:30 AM  

Might I propose rule 4: SJW's are stupid.
I propose Rule #4 to be an ever-changing rule, always applying to whatever's the current topic as a point of comedy.

Anonymous DarthWheatley #2415 January 05, 2016 11:30 AM  

@36 Danby:

Thanks for pointing out specifically that they omitted just enough truth to suit their narrative, i.e. the *actual* reason reviews were being scrutinized.

Their confirmation bias is blatantly obvious, disgusting, and entirely expected.

For all you SJW keyboard jockeys who are too chickenshit to actually post here:

You will not escape scrutiny. Sooner or later the Magnifying Glass of Hypocrisy will come to bear on you, and you will crumble under the searing, burning truth that you are sacrificing your soul for nothing. Your "feels" have no bearing on the real world, and if you keep doubling down, the Devil will eventually come to collect the debt.

Anonymous Ain January 05, 2016 11:35 AM  

I can see why the review was deleted, not that I dislike it, but its consistent with the way Amazon does things. They once removed a bad review for an item I was selling because it had the phrase "crappy packaging" in it. I flagged it because the item is fulfilled by Amazon and the breakage was therefor their fault in my opinion. I hadn't even noticed the word "crappy" in it and couldn't have cared less.

Blogger Danby January 05, 2016 11:39 AM  

Still fighting the good fight over there;
How does it feel to be a corporate shill, Danby?
Pretty good.
How does it feel to be a fascist thought-controller?

Do you think this is about money? This is about stopping the fascist thought police (that would be you). This is about winning the culture war. If a writer or publisher makes a few bucks on it, good on them.

But mostly it's about making you feel bad. Because you're a bad, weak, pathetic person, incapable of logic, empathy, patriotism, or even rational thought.

Blogger VD January 05, 2016 11:43 AM  

I can see why the review was deleted, not that I dislike it, but its consistent with the way Amazon does things.

It's not Amazon, it's Goodreads. And how do you explain how they kept the first one?

Blogger S.C.E. to AUX January 05, 2016 11:48 AM  

I just finished deleting my Goodreads account. It was a easy couple of clicks in the settings box. I have no use for such a weak site.

Blogger bob k. mando January 05, 2016 12:02 PM  

OT, the Hollywood narrative formula:
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/10/02/writing-excuses-6-18-hollywood-formula/

Anonymous Shut up rabbit January 05, 2016 12:16 PM  

@45 Writing Excuses? Pleeeeze, what can a puppetress and a comic strip illustrator teach anyone about writing? Even the guest admits he plagiarized the subject from Dan Decker...
(I'm convinced that Sanderson is only involved because they have something on him.)

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright January 05, 2016 12:20 PM  

Vox, they know about John's non-review...which was put up before the book was released. It was brought to their attention. They said that they didn't interfere with reviews.

Anonymous Ain January 05, 2016 12:30 PM  

It's not Amazon, it's Goodreads. And how do you explain how they kept the first one?

I thought the two were related. This is the first time I've paid much attention to Goodreads. Amazon would probably remove a review of Everybody Poops for having the phrase "taking a dump" in it. If Goodreads is a completely separate entity that doesn't fall under the same umbrella for how they do things then my observation obviously isn't relevant.

The first review clearly deserves to be deleted for many reasons. If it's been flagged for review, and they've declined to remove it, they're not even trying to pretend to be unbiased. They should be called out on it.

Blogger L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright January 05, 2016 12:35 PM  

Amazon bought Goodreads...but I think they are just distant owners.

Anonymous KoranBurningFaggot January 05, 2016 12:46 PM  

The supersecret question that Sean managed to puzzle out was: How many bags of dicks did Phil Sandafer order from planned parenthood?

4 "Women, it must be noted, complain more than men." (Unchecked "facts," check.)

Has this person ever left their moms basement that they think they need to fact check it? I mean I get people thinking blacks are equal if the never meet any in real life, but surely they meet more men and women in real life than they have seen on TV.

home." (Oh, good, I was worried he might not say anything homophobic.) I don't see anything homophobic about that, but I did make people clutch pears when I said that if 2 gay guys raised a girl who would teach her how to lie.

Blogger Geir Balderson January 05, 2016 1:05 PM  

Gosh, that uRhea woman?, has quite the potty mouth. Does spewing filth from your mouth now-a-days give you some sort of street credence with your peers? She is a sad person and I doubt she connects socially with anyone other than those of her similar vile soul type. May God have mercy on her!

Blogger John Wright January 05, 2016 1:09 PM  

@4
I also reported it. The article he is quoting is from an unpublished political column in another publication, having nothing in common with the book being described.

Blogger Danby January 05, 2016 1:21 PM  

Hey, Sean, since you're reading the comments over here now, why not post a little sumpin sumpin. You know, about how you're all smart and shit?

You're oh, so, clever for a little tranny manga fag.

Blogger VD January 05, 2016 1:21 PM  

They said that they didn't interfere with reviews.

Well, we certainly know better now, don't we.

Anonymous DarthWheatley #2415 January 05, 2016 1:26 PM  

"he's evidently addicted to Japanese lolicon and pedophilic S&M hentai,"

Yes, folks, Danby thinks that all manga is porn. Totally rational and logical fellow this is, not at all a racist asshat.


Lol. Once again, SJW's always lie. Danby never said all manga was porn. Sean doesn't realize that anybody can go through his 687 ratings of Japanese manga volumes, and see exactly what he says he's reading. There's some good stuff in there, like Yowamushi Pedal (which is about a high school cycling team, it's actually pretty good). But the vast majority of it is high-school girly romance stuff, mixed in with soft porn and some borderline hentai.

You know, when I was in high school, I thought high school romance stories were somewhat appropriate. I even watch some action-based anime with my college-age friends. But reading hundreds of volumes of this high-school romance stuff as an adult?

Danby isn't wrong. It's all there in Sean's review history.

Blogger Student in Blue January 05, 2016 1:33 PM  

How enlightened, Sean thinks that all manga is porn.

That's the only you can logically go from "Japanese lolicon and pedophilic S&M hentai" to "ALL MANGA".

I mean, otherwise he's just a dishonest sack of shit. And we all know that couldn't possibly be true.

Anonymous Ain January 05, 2016 1:34 PM  

I understand it a bit better now. Amazon buying it and letting it wither to prevent a future competitor is the most likely situation. Let's help it wither.

Anonymous Anonymous January 05, 2016 1:34 PM  

VD, I continue to be amazed at your blog--you battle the SJWs head-on with logic and tenacity. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous Nathan January 05, 2016 1:46 PM  

@55

Very much "Year Zero" with the selections. With the exception of a couple series, everything was released in the past five years. If a person wants to understand why interest in anime and manga collapsed in America from what it was ten years ago, reading the summaries of Sean's selections would be an education.

Blogger kh123 January 05, 2016 2:01 PM  

"...How does it feel to be a corporate shill, Danby?... Yes, folks, Danby thinks... Totally rational and logical fellow... racist asshat..."

Ah, good; Mr O'Hara seems to be continuing his 007 role play by reading here. Mom's apparently not made lunch yet.

Blogger bob k. mando January 05, 2016 2:05 PM  

46. Shut up rabbit January 05, 2016 12:16 PM
Pleeeeze, what can a puppetress and a comic strip illustrator teach anyone about writing?


i never asserted they could. i didn't say i think that much of Anders. i didn't even say the "Hollywood Formula" is something to be emulated.

the only reason i linked it, is so you can examine the mechanical inner workings of how Hollywood thinks things should be made and analyzed.

i will note that this may be part of the reason for the failure of TFA, storywise.

who is the protagonist? antagonist? relationship / guide?

Rey 'wants' only to remain on Jakku, waiting for her family. which would make Finn her antagonist? because Finn won't permit her to remain there. IF Rey is the protagonist THEN Maz is her relationship guide. but there's never a resolution where Rey comes back and reconciles with Maz, violating the formula. nor does she ever achieve anything resembling one of her 'goals'.

Rey is obviously meant to be a standin for Luke from Ep4. but Luke's goal was to get off of Tatooine ... and he did so.

Finn wants to escape the First Order, which he accomplished in the first 10 minutes of the movie. his antagonist ( popularly termed TR8-R ) would be that dumbass stormtrooper who dropped his blaster to go after a NON Force wielder ... holding a light saber ... with a melee weapon of some sort. think Indiana Jones. we know the answer to this problem. Finn has neither the precog nor the Force enhanced reflexes necessary to effectively use a light saber as a blaster shield. if the trooper simply uses his "Only Imperial Stormtroopers are so precise" blaster, we're left with a Finncushion.

Poe ( whom we meet 1st ) wants to find Luke ... but Luke is the one preventing himself from being found? and besides, Poe has very little screen time. not the protagonist.

Han doesn't want anything but to forget, which is why he's wasting his old age smuggling.

Chewie has never been more than a secondary character following Han.

so, of the major characters, that leaves ... Ren.

Ren wants to complete his conversion to the Dark Side, as is stated plainly in the dialogue.

his antagonist(s), in the personified form of his parents, are his yearnings for the Light Side.

his "relationship / guide" is Spork.

and the resolution of the 'conflict' is when he kills Han. but Ren never makes the post resolution 'reconciliation' with his relationship / guide.

which means that everything after the Han / Ren confrontation is just filler that prevented the movie from closing it's narrative loop.

Blogger Student in Blue January 05, 2016 2:19 PM  

@59. Nathan
If a person wants to understand why interest in anime and manga collapsed in America from what it was ten years ago, reading the summaries of Sean's selections would be an education.

Eh, kind of a side effect really. Japan's not in a booming economy by any stretch, and the anime and manga industry has only survived by gearing their products almost specifically to either children or neets/hikkis/freeters.

And it collapsed in America because Gammas are not a majority of Americans, despite their most fervent wishes.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit January 05, 2016 2:40 PM  

@61 Sorry bob, I was overcome by the Dark Side of The Snark. Reading all these SJW reviews is getting to me.

Blogger LP999 S.I.G. Burnin' Up January 05, 2016 2:49 PM  

Who owes whom?

Vox and Puppies are Owed an APOLOGY.

Vox is documenting what is taking place, he does not whine or complain. Can critics provide dramatic proof of Vox whining? No - as there is no such proof.

The Chorf link is still viewable, whats the problem with Vox's post? There is none, its a greeting, participate, etc.

Blogger VFM6974 January 05, 2016 3:14 PM  

Contact info and management charter:
https://www.goodreads.com/about/press

Blogger VFM6974 January 05, 2016 3:15 PM  

Goodreads CEO Twitter account:
https://twitter.com/otown

Blogger bob k. mando January 05, 2016 3:26 PM  

63. Shut up rabbit January 05, 2016 2:40 PM
Sorry bob



no need to apologize, i didn't take offense.

and it got me to visualizing a "Finncushion" ... so i owe you a thanks.

Blogger Robert Elfers January 05, 2016 3:28 PM  

My review of Dinosaur is still up. I gave it one. It was horrible and I regret having read it. It serves as an example of the sorry state of the awards system.

Blogger Geir Balderson January 05, 2016 3:32 PM  

@53 Danby

Oh my! Sean O'Hara, the real fascist scumbag and whinner is sitting back away from the campfire and watching our every move?
Good, maybe he will learn something about truth, integrity and the American way!!!

Anonymous GreyS January 05, 2016 3:47 PM  

I'd never gotten around to being involved with Goodreads or even looking much into it, but I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that it is SJW-infested. How many places on the internet which rely on volunteers are not infested? Short list, that.

SJWs will spend their entire daily lives on these thought-police errands and personal attacks-- you never have to pay them a dime. Anyone who runs a participation website of any type-- forums, wikis, reviews.. should read SJWAL.

Goodreads action options:
--Complain to a higher-level than what would be normal. Normal channels are all infested.
--Publicly shame/badmouth the site on social media, blogs, author-related sites.
--Start or support a competitor site.
--Infiltrate the system and work from within.

Anonymous DarthWheatley #2415 January 05, 2016 4:22 PM  

Why is it impossible for SJW's to refute an actual statement? Once again, Sean trots out the lies and begins to waffle, before doubling down:

Oh, and it looks like Vox's followers have modified their accusation -- it's not all the manga I read that's porn. Just the stuff aimed at women. Yeah, guys, you've outed me. My taste doesn't conform to your notions of masculinity, so clearly I am a deviated prevert[sic].

No one cares about Sean's obvious lack of masculinity: what concerns us is his apparant psychological immaturity. No one modified anything: the statement was "he's evidently addicted to it." I'd say almost 700 reviews confirms this. And he still hasn't denied it. That's all I'll say about that.

Anonymous Nxx January 05, 2016 4:33 PM  

Alternatives to goodreads:

http://www.librarything.com

http://www.booklikes.com

http://www.anobii.com

http://www.shelfari.com

http://www.libib.com

http://www.thereadingroom.com

http://www.rifflebooks.com/

http://www.revish.com/

http://www.bookarmy.com/

http://www.readernaut.com/

http://www.reader2.com

Anonymous Hurk Hardknuckles January 05, 2016 5:00 PM  

@49 Mrs Wright, I just bought the second in the Rachel Griffin series for my 12 year old son. He loved it as much as the first. Just wanted to say thanks if you're still here.

Blogger ray January 05, 2016 5:08 PM  

Like the rest of the Empowered Politburo, Sean O'Hara imagines that he is both clever and invulnerable. It is going to be fun watching him learn that he is neither.

Blogger The Rev January 05, 2016 5:14 PM  

...Aaaaaand Sean O'Hara's blog is down:

http://diogenes-sinope.blogspot.com/

Guess he couldn't handle the Vox Popoli bump?

Blogger VFM6974 January 05, 2016 5:20 PM  

http://diogenes-sinope.blogspot.com/
"Blog has been removed"

Oops...

Anonymous nathan January 05, 2016 5:23 PM  

Heh. How long until he deletes his Goodreads account?

Anonymous VFM 5589 January 05, 2016 5:51 PM  

That review struck me as a masterwork of common sense observations being attacked by a lunatic.

I'd want the review up permanently. It actually raised my opinion of you.

Anonymous Shut up rabbit January 05, 2016 6:09 PM  

@72 Nxx
Cheers, good to know.

Blogger eharmonica January 05, 2016 7:08 PM  

Shelfari is by Amazon. In fact, you use your Amazon account to sign in.

Blogger VD January 05, 2016 7:13 PM  

http://diogenes-sinope.blogspot.com/
"Blog has been removed"


Seems a fair trade. An account I had for just over one day versus a blog created in 2003.

Blogger Danby January 05, 2016 7:17 PM  

http://diogenes-sinope.blogspot.com/
"Blog has been removed"

Damn, they really are that fragile.

Blogger Jeff Hendricks January 05, 2016 7:27 PM  

The thread on GoodReads is gone, too.

Hm. Go figure.

Blogger eharmonica January 05, 2016 7:37 PM  

Rhea's review is gone.

https://archive.is/WhxmQ Then follow the GR link.

Blogger Danby January 05, 2016 7:44 PM  

@82 Jeff Hendricks
The thread on GoodReads is gone, too.
Hm. Go figure.


He's baleeting fucking everything.
Everything on his GR log is gone. The page shows up as "Sean has not posted anything yet"

Blogger Danby January 05, 2016 7:47 PM  

I eagerly await the File770 post where he explains that i was harassing, abusing and doxxing him.

Blogger SirHamster January 05, 2016 7:48 PM  

Like the rest of the Empowered Politburo, Sean O'Hara imagines that he is both clever and invulnerable. It is going to be fun watching him learn that he is neither.

On that note, Google cache says that Sean O'Hara's books used to have these ratings:

The Testament of Lady Silvie
3.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions

False Colored Eyes
4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2011 — 2 editions

Hero Complex (My Dark and Fearsome Queen x1)
3.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2014

Average rating: 3.25 · 4 ratings · 1 review

Now down to 1.8, 1.75, 1.5.

Average rating: 1.56 · 16 ratings · 1 review

Anonymous Rolf January 05, 2016 7:48 PM  

I flagged the inaccurate and deceptive review that was based on only reading a few pages of my book The Stars Came Back. I got the following reply from GoodReads:

Thank you for your response. Our goal is to foster an environment on the site where members feel free to express their opinions about the books that they choose to read or shelve, as well as open up discussions about those books. At the same time, we understand that authors put considerable time and effort into writing and marketing their works. We weigh those two interests very carefully when implementing our policies and making decisions.

To clarify, Goodreads policy allows users to rate a book as soon as it is listed on the site. We do not dictate on what basis Goodreads members form their personal opinions about a book, so we have no rules about reading the full text of a book before rating and reviewing it. We recognize that not everyone will agree with this policy, but it is one that has worked well for the Goodreads community over time.

Users are entitled to express their honest opinions about the book, even if others feel them to be misguided or wrong. We don't evaluate a reader's opinions based on how, when, or why they made a judgement about the work that they read. Given the subjective nature of reviews, it’s hard to designate one review as “wrong” and another “right.” Even if we could, it would be impractical to manually verify the authenticity of every statement made in a Goodreads review, and we have to be consistent in how we apply our policies.

As this review doesn’t break our rules and is a valid expressions of the reviewer's opinion, we won’t remove it from the site. We also will not consider changing our policy at this time. However, we will make sure to consider your feedback about our review guidelines and the contents of reviews in the future.

Sincerely,
The Goodreads Team


To summarize: you do not need to actually READ a book to review it. You do not need to be accurate in any particular way in your review. You only need to have an opinion that is, for some reason in some way by some definition, "honest."

Good to know; that will make reviewing books much easier.

Blogger Danby January 05, 2016 7:49 PM  

Damn, that was fun

Anonymous Ain January 05, 2016 8:17 PM  

@87 - That will be a handy letter to send back to them if they delete other reviews.

Anonymous Rolf January 05, 2016 8:20 PM  

@89 - and that was why it was posted. You need to know the rules they state they are playing by. Now that you know the angle of the playing field, play accordingly.

Blogger James Dixon January 05, 2016 8:21 PM  

Ninety posts and no one has made the obvious Scalzi comment yet. I'm disappointed in you all.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 05, 2016 8:27 PM  

@27 Nate

when some sjw hag brags about not reading a book... don't debate that with her. Ask her how many cats she has.
---

We've caught a glimpse of the bigfoot over there, a semi-poodle lady.

Blogger El Borak January 05, 2016 8:29 PM  

@91 Some things are simply understood.

Blogger Harsh January 05, 2016 8:32 PM  

If SJWs were half as smart as they thought they were, they'd be twice as smart as they are.

Blogger Robert Elfers January 05, 2016 8:43 PM  

Meh. I only use GR to save me the trouble of unboxing my hardcovers to find which ones I'm missing. If I get booted I'll care about as much as I did when I got permabanned from Little Green Footballs for pointing out the idiocy of advocating air strikes in Ukraine.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 05, 2016 8:44 PM  

@68 Robert Elfers

My review of Dinosaur is still up. I gave it one. It was horrible and I regret having read it. It serves as an example of the sorry state of the awards system.
---

That was one of the most pointless, useless, time consuming (even though short) waste of time i've had the displeasure of reading in recent memory.

I'll eventually put up a review of it also. I've got an idea on one.

Anonymous DarthWheatley #2415 January 05, 2016 10:27 PM  

@88 Danby:

11/10, would baleete again.

Damn that was fun.

Blogger weka January 06, 2016 1:24 AM  

Hey, I gave this guy fair warning. I was the first commentator: I was confrontational. And the pile on was amusing.

He forgot I'm just ilk. I'm not the feral pack Maewyn has ready to cause mayhem.

I think he knows that now.

Blogger ray January 06, 2016 4:02 AM  

"...Aaaaaand Sean O'Hara's blog is down"


Yeeks that didn't take long. Kitchen lights go on and zoink! it's the Mad Scramble for cracks 'n crevices in the wallboard. Comforting to see that Sean's reflexes are operational as I wouldn't want him fully defenseless in the world. Little sport in that.

Anonymous Baron Silas Greenback January 06, 2016 8:07 AM  

When he resurfaces under a new name, how will he ever be recognized? Jellyfish Princess from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Blogger JimR January 06, 2016 11:21 PM  

Baron Silas Greenback

Thanks for a chuckle and a reminder of a show I enjoyed as a kid.
I'll have to search around and see if it's still funny. Like the older Bugs Bunny, one can hope.

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