Since everyone seems to be indulging in deep thoughts lately about the role of reviewers in the bigger scheme of existence, here's mine: Ann Somerville has a new story out. Don't ask me for the link - since I'm now on her list of enemies, she has banned any traffic from my blog to her website, so linking is pointless on my part - if you click on any link from her to her place you will get a forbidden message. And she will know your IP number and realize that you are one of my sixteen sockpuppets. Think about that for a second.
Okay, so here is my dilemma. I want to read the story. I want to review it when I am done. I don't hate Ann or anything, mind you, so I have no problems giving her $3.99, minus Lulu's cut, for a well-written story. Any enmity or plans on my part to destroy Ann originated strictly from her own paranoia. The fact that I'm willing to buy that latest self-published effort of her should tell you something, heh.
But will such a review be taken seriously*, especially if I don't like the story and end up giving it an unfavorable review? I personally have no problems believing that I can separate Ann the Crusader for Good and Righteous and Ann the Author, because I did the same thing in my review of her last book. The problem here is that Ann has created some very interesting Alfred Hitchcock drama about the Web versus her, bits and pieces of her charming rant are floating out there in Google's cache, Teddypig's blog, and Karen Scott's blog, and I have a pretty big supporting role in that movie.
Is there really a point in reviewing Ann's newest effort, given all that have happened between her and me? I suppose I can just put in this blog my thoughts of her book, but if that book is good, I'd like the review to be seen by more people out there, and there are more people visiting my website than my blog. Hmm, maybe that is what I will do - put up the review only if I love the story. But on a personal front, I feel as if I'm copping out or something if I do that. Hmm.
* By this, I mean you, of course. Who cares what Ann think about my review of her books - I'm not reviewing to make her happy, after all!