Anybody else fed up to here *waves hand far above head* with people who say they were misled by unanimously 5-star reviews for a book that actually had absolutely no redeeming qualities who then immediately say they don’t leave negative reviews because “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” ensuring the unanimously 5-star reviews on the irredeemably awful book remain unchallenged to mislead the next unsuspecting reader? Given a choice between protecting an unprepared writer’s fee-fees and protecting an innocent reader’s time and money, the priority ought to be the reader who deserves better, not the person who published a book and enlisted pals and family to lie about the quality.
(This isn’t about any book listed here, by the way, just general venting. I’m fairly safe since my policy is to never read anything that has no 1-star reviews because, ironically, unanimous praise is a red flag for a shit book no one has actually read. Nothing is universally beloved, and somebody who doesn’t believe coddling the author is the most important thing would say so.)
THE KILLING MOON by N. K. Jemisin: This is a complex, many-threaded story that doesn’t lend itself well to a quick summary, but here goes. Most of the spotlight falls upon Ehiru, who survived massacre of the royal family as a child only because he’d been claimed by the church for Hananja, goddess of dreams, to become a Gatherer—one who ushers souls through the dream world into the afterlife, sometimes voluntarily and sometimes as the penalty for corruption. Usually by his side is his new apprentice, Najiri, who is deeply in love with and devoted to Ehiru. Najiri’s first observation run as an apprentice is supposed to be Sunandi, a political operative from another kingdom whom Ehiru is told to gather because she’s corrupt, but she appeals to his sense of justice by revealing she’s up to her neck in corruption of another’s making. Surprise, surprise, the church is being used as an assassination service by the palace.