Here we go again…

Got another ‘lovely’ 1 star review… This time on Calexit (again)…


Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2021

Screwed up and bought this book thinking it was related to the graphic novel Cal-Exit. Didn’t realize it was just going to be a bunch of amateurish, rightwing, racist vignettes. The disgusting racist tropes used and the stories written are like some Trumpian wet dream. Kept reading, thinking there may be a bit of balance eventually but no. This will go on my shelf next to other examples of racist dystopian fantasy stories like “Hunter” and “The Turner Diaries”.
He ‘almost’ hit all the buzzwords, but no bingo. He left out sexist… Yes, there were some first timer writers in there, but I believed then and still do, that everyone deserves a chance to be in an anthology!
Of course when you look at the blurb for Calexit the graphic novel that came out in 2018 (after CalExit), you see how far left his beliefs lie…
What if a fascist, autocratic President took over the United States? And what if that President lost California, the sixth largest economy on Earth, by nearly 2-to-1… a margin of almost 3 1/2 million votes? What if the day after that President took power, the largest mass demonstration in history occurred, and the state with the largest turnout was California. And then, the following week, two of the largest international airports in the world, California’s LAX and SFO, were blockaded by protesters? What if California refused to be ruled? From the creators of YOUNG TERRORISTS, Matteo Pizzolo (GODKILLER) and Amancay Nahuelpan (CLANDESTINO), comes this tale of resisting oppression, punching Nazis, protecting each other, kicking ass, and demanding liberty for all.
So we apparently hurted his widdle brain by not spewing the hatred he expected/wanted, so he accuses US of spewing hatred. etc… Funny thing is, not a single story had anything to do with the president, nor were there (at least to me), any openly racist tropes. Folks based their stories on things that were in the headlines in 2017, IN CALIFORNIA…
We’re still sitting at a solid 4 stars, and I think we’re all happy with that.


Here we go again… — 28 Comments

  1. What does it say about the ‘reviewer’s’ acuity in buying the book? Really no surprises in the blurb about content.

    I’ve made the mistake of buying books that didn’t fit my expectations but that’s on me, not the author(s).

    And the graphic novel’s bizarro world take is quite… interesting…

  2. I suspect that Standard English and applied reason are not the reviewer’s native language.

  3. Ahahahaha, referencing the graphic novel Cal-Exit. I’ve seen that one. It’s hilariously stupid. Evidently pround native liberal Californians all have stocks of automatic weapons in their basements and are versed in their use.

  4. Meh, read his other reviews. He’s consistently unhappy.

  5. Your detractor has deep seated mental problems, likely related to his self-image and his failure to launch. Ignore him.

    You could, I suppose, ask a few friends to mark his one-star review as abusive. Just click the ‘Report Abuse’ button. If enough people do so, Amazon will likely remove the review.

  6. Since I always check the one star ratings on everything I buy, this one would prompt me to buy the book (but, I already did when it came out).

    • Tom Kratman used to put some of his worst reviews on his web site. It worked well as a sales pitch; at least, a friend ordered several of his books after reading the reviews, on the principle of “if they tweak off idiots like that, they might be pretty good.”

  7. I’m impressed that the reviewer actually wrote words to go along with the one-star review. Usually, I think they just drop the star, and go away.

  8. He probably ordered it while drunk and didn’t read the description; it’s his own fault.

  9. As he (she? xe? they?) is a verified purchaser, take comfort in the fact that you got a portion of his (her, etc) money to go into your ammo fund. LOL

  10. The Commenter clearly must have gotten out on the wrong side of his/her/its side of the bed, with the assistance of a California earthquake. Thrown in at NO EXTRA CHARGE!. FREE!! GRATIS!!!

  11. I must agree with Psychokitteh; liberals are seldom well-versed in the actual value of the words they (ab)use, much less the inherent logic of sane thinking. It’s like they delude themselves on purpose. Poor dears.

  12. All- Don’t disagree with anyone on this… RM, yes some people do that ON PURPOSE! And lurve to give one star reviews, even without reading the book…LOL

    Posted from my iPhone.

  13. Libs gonna do what libs do. I’m quite happy that you and the others took the time to write the stories that your collected, collated, edited, and published.

  14. Hey Old NFO;

    I am honored to be named a “amateurish, rightwing, racist vignettes” writer….Means that I triggered someone, LOL and I done good. And you done better in assembling such a collection.

  15. Liberty for all? Everybody in the book was trying to LEAVE California in search of liberty.
    It’s like Scott Adams said two people can go to the same movie and leave having seen two different movies.

    • I saw “Gran Torino” cold; other than it was a Clint Eastwood movie (and I’m not a particular fan) I knew nothing about it.

      Perusing some online reviews afterward, there were two major types of reviews:

      A) “old racist white dude gets what’s coming to him”


      B) Eastwood fans who were angry Clint didn’t clean up the ‘hood like a combination of Judge Dredd and Rambo

      I got the strong impression that most viewers had already decided what the movie was going to be about before they walked in, and only bothered to watch (or remember) the bits that supported that.

      Oddly, the movie seemed to be immensely popular in Pakistan, even though some of the backstory was a mystery to some viewers. I wound up writing a lengthy post on one forum filling in the gaps; the shield emblem on his cigarette lighter and what happened to the First Cavalry in Korea, how Korean War vets got shafted by the Fed, Polish Catholic neighborhoods in Detroit, how even acknowledging what we now call “PTSD” wasn’t something a man from Kowalski’s culture would have done, the decline of Detroit from the 1970s, that last doctor visit, why he bought a new suit near the end… and me (an athiest) trying to explain to a mostly-Muslim forum about the difference between absolution and redemption, and how Vatican II, “progress”, and age had isolated him from the faith he had grown up in, and the difference between sacrifice and suicide… (practicing Catholics reading that probably needed more hands for adequate facepalm, but I gave it my best shot), and no, that being the exact rifle he had carried in Korea was Hollywood, but he could have bought an identical replacement with no paperwork at all before 1968, and only a 4473 afterward. A rifle was like a lawnmower; most households had at least one, and veterans tend to favor what they’re familiar with. And how the USA took in large mumbers of refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, something which seems to be almost unknown outside the US.

      I was writing for foreigners, but it was sobering to find, later, that a lot of Americans I talked to were surprised; things outside of their background, like Kowalski’s visit to the tailor. It made me wonder how much *I* had missed…

      Walt Kowalski had lost his friends and his wife. His family, church, and country had left *him*, mutating into things he no longer identified with. So he sat on his porch and worked on his thousand-yard stare, watching the world turn to shit. Waiting to die.

      And then he came to the conclusion if nobody going to act, then it was *his* job. A job too big for an 86 year old man with terminal cancer to finish, but sometimes victory isn’t an option; you do what you can, and lead the way for others to follow. Ōishi Kuranosuke Yoshio had forty-six ronin at his back; Walt Kowalski was alone. And he failed; or at least the results were ambiguous, but that wasn’t the *point*.

      “This above all: to thine own self be true,
      And it must follow, as the night the day,
      Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

  16. TRX:
    You make me want to watch it again.
    Working on my own thousand yard stare as of late.
    Regrettable, our Navy decided I didn’t need weapons training so I never bonded with a favorite. Dammit.
    Walt couldn’t win, but he could make ’em pay.

    • Precisely, and concise, too.

      My wife and I watched the movie; we talked about it several times after, and as people I knew online and in meatspace saw it, it was often a subject of discussion. And how many movies do you see where that happens?