Yay For New Reviewers!
So. We had a contest. All sorts of people entered. We were expecting one or two good ones amidst several crappy ones. As it happens, nearly all the submissions were solid. However, some were just better than others. We ended up with three “winners” who are going to enjoy doing a couple reviews a month for us. So, here they are, along with reasons why we chose them:
Shawn Boyles–Turns out we know this guy. He is one of the lovely fellows over at Rocket Road Trip. He sent us over some thoughts on JULIAN COMSTOCK (which were near identical to Steve’s) as well as some other reviews as a portfolio of sorts. His reviews were well written (you will see his review of Connie Willis’ BLACKOUT shortly), and he tends to share similar opinions on novels with us.
Vanessa Christenson–She sent in a review of THE FOLDING KNIFE (as well as a half-dozen other reviews as her own portfolio). As Nick put it, “She like read my mind…” A scary thought, we know. She also proposed a solid idea for some specific reviews (you’ll see what we mean). Elitist indeed.
Dan Smyth–We are going to be honest here (aren’t we always?). Dan almost didn’t make it. It was between him and two others (who it wouldn’t be fair to mention). You see, Dan has this crush on KJ Parker. We don’t share this sentiment. Even though he heaped far too much praise on THE FOLDING KNIFE, his tone was near perfect. He just fit. It also helps that he was able to recognize his own susceptibility to Parker’s faulty charms (we all have them… mostly), and he supplied us with his opinions on other novels.
As you can see, we primarily picked people who wrote well, agreed with us (duh), and supplied us more than one review. Some of the problems other reviews had that held them back were not agreeing with us (duh), a propensity to only rehash the plot of the novel without talking about why is was GOOD or BAD, had stuff in their reviews that was incorrect, or it just wasn’t written how we liked. It’s our blog. We pick who we want, and we want to make sure they match with our general way of thinking.
With that, we want to thank everyone for their time and submissions. Congrats to the winners! This will truly be a way for more reviews to come out, and for all the readers of our awesometastic blog to benefit. In a change from the method mentioned in the rules of the contest, our new reviewers are going to write in First Person. Only we (Steve and Nick) will be writing in the Hive Mind style… cause that’s how we really are.