... I'm not ashamed to admit that I truly enjoyed the few Anne Rice books I've read. However, the author herself seems to think she's Thee Pretentious High Priestess ov Bitching Per Se...
Many people did not care much for "Blood Canticle" (Knopf) either, as Ms. Rice found to her mounting horror when she began scrolling through dozens of virulently negative reviews of the book on Amazon.com. Read more
"I cannot stress to you how bad this book is, and I have been waiting for it for so long!'' wrote a reviewer from California.
Wrote another reviewer, "I have read almost every one of Anne Rice's novels, and I have to say this is the worst one.''
A third was more specific. " 'Blood Canticle's' biggest problem,'' that reviewer said, "is that it is seriously lacking in creative writing, sense of continuity and character development.''
Ms. Rice, the best-selling author of 25 books, including the lush and original "Interview With the Vampire,'' has a passionate following and an unusually intimate relationship with her audience. She reacted to the criticism with shock and horror, although when the positive and negative reviews were averaged, Amazon gave "Blood Canticle" three stars out of five.
Many authors are upset by the snide tone of some Amazon reviews; Ms. Rice decided to do something about it. She posted a blistering 1,200-word defense of her book on the site, laying in to those critics who, she said, were "interrogating this text from the wrong perspective."
Original Amazon comments
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