As I was warned, sooner or later somebody would really dislike The Grey Man

Well,  the wait is over…  I got a 1 star, probably because they didn’t go any lower.  It was titled “Cliche after cliche.”

The story was disjointed and confusing. The characters were all very 1 dimensional. The men, except for the main character, were all insecure and unsure of themselves, and the women all talked and acted like men.

So be it…  Now that’s over and done with…  In other news, I’ve gotten a few overseas sales in Australia, England and a couple of other places.  Thank you to those folks!

And just as a counter-point, Aaron the Shekel put up his review HERE

And thank you to those who have read and commented!  I appreciate it!



Finally… — 26 Comments

  1. That reminded me that I owed you an Amazon review. Just posted – so now you’re averaging 3 stars between mine and the douche bag’s!

  2. Meh… There’s at least one dunbass no matter where ya go or what ya do. I haven’t read the book yet but really enjoyed the stories you posted on here. I’ll have to get to it soon.

  3. What Shane W & Murphy’s Law said.

    The Grey Man remains the very best “first novel” I’ve ever read.

  4. Haters gotta hate I suppose! What ML, Rev. Paul, and Shane W said!

  5. Hey Old NFO;

    Haters gotta hate. No matter where you go, you can’t make all the people happy all the time. I enjoyed the heck out of the book and from what my brother has said, he likes the book also. don’t sweat it. It is your creation and you want everybody to like it because you put a piece of “you” out there and when some body is ugly, it is like they kicked your kid. You can’t help but get a bit bent out of shape. Don’t sweat it and sequel……Bueller……Sequel…..?

  6. Just finished reading the dead tree version. Had to pry it away from Pop’s who is forwarding my mails whilst I’m in the woods.

    Read so much better via paperback, to me, anyway.

    Can’t wait for Volume 2.

  7. I told you NOT to read the reviews…

    They are meaningless to you, the writer — really. Look at what people write about the work that renowned authors turn out. They’re often vindictive and petty.

    Reviews help people find your work, but nasty people out there will bruise your ego and they don’t count.

  8. LL- I know, but I figured I’d been ‘lucky’ too long. Now it’s over and I can get on with it! 🙂 And no, I don’t check daily or weekly either… Just occasionally…

  9. Jim, I haven’t touched my blog in awhile (nobody reads it anyhoo) but I will post a positive review soon.
    Thanks for the autographed copy.

  10. For better or worse – it’s always good to get an honest opinion. However, there is still a line between being honest and being rude.

  11. Now I have the Oingo Boingo song “Imposter” running through my head thinking about the “critic”.

    “You’re just a critic, we know why you drink so much
    Jealousy slowly consuming your gut
    The streets that you never knew are just where they’ve always been
    Your head is firmly lodged way up your butt (where it belongs)

    You don’t believe what you write
    (You’re an imposter) you don’t believe what you write
    (You’re an imposter) you don’t believe what you write
    (You’re an imposter) you don’t, don’t, don’t believe what you write”

  12. Contrary to your review troll, it’s a darn good read.

    llegitimi non carborundum and all that.

  13. All- Thank you, except for Joseph, now that damn song is stuck in MY head… sigh…

    Posted from my iPhone.

  14. Sounds like somebody was hoping for “Fifty Shades of Grayman” and the ensuing disappointment caused an estrogen eruption.

  15. <> Let’s see….. Francisco, Matt, Aaron, Tony, Sergi,…. Yup, all of them insecure and unsure of themselves. /sarcasm/

  16. Welcome to my head, OldNFO. Chock full of earworms from many genres of music.

    There’s always other songs that describe the individual in question.

    David Allen Coe’s I-95 song and Adam and the Ants “Desperate but not Serious”.

  17. I got the ebook as soon as I could, thoroughly enjoyed it. Good to hear the sequel is coming soon , it to will find it’s way to NZ.

  18. Loved the book and left a very positive review (5 *) right after I read it. As far as the “critic,” he reminded me of one of my favorite sayings: “never try to teach a pig (critic) to sing (understand), it’s a waste of time and it annoys the pig. Obviously, the characters were really rounded, seemed very secure and sure of themselves, and the women talked and acted like strong, independent women. It seems to me the critic may like prissy men and whiny women.

  19. One-star reviews mean you’re reaching people outside your target audience. As you’re selling to more people in new markets, some of them aren’t the kind of people who’ll like your book. It’s a good thing, from a market signal perspective.

    Even if it does make you roll your eyes and go “really? really?” Sometime I need to get you n’ Calmer Half together over a beer, and you can swap bad review stories. 🙂