No sane writer takes individual amazon reviews too seriously. After all, you do get some strange ones.
Of course, most writers are far from entirely sane. But the general pattern is often interesting, even to the mostly rational, and there’s an interesting pattern to amazon reviews of Red Country both in the US and the UK, namely that aside from The Blade Itself, which as my first you’d expect to get most attention, it’s already my most reviewed book.
In the UK, The Blade Itself has 184 reviews, Before They are Hanged 66, Last Argument of Kings 82, Best Served Cold 86, The Heroes 83, and Red Country has just racked up its 100th review.
In the US, The Blade Itself has 393, Before They are Hanged 147, Last Argument of Kings 170, Best Served Cold 166, The Heroes 152, and Red Country 177.
In both US and UK, Best Served Cold is my worst rated book, on average (I know, I really like it too, but hey, your mileage may vary). But in the UK, Red Country is tied with the Blade Itself in fourth position. In the US, Red Country is my best rated book, with not a single one star review (that’s not an invitation).
What is the meaning of all this?
I’ve no idea.
But I’m fully prepared to obsessively monitor the situation.