I got the most complimentary 1 star review ever the other day on Blindsight. A reader on Amazon left this review:
I absolutely hate when I believe I am downloading a short story and it is an inconclusive teaser! The FULL story is not even available until the Fall.
I hate being totally ensnared in a riveting story and then left hanging. The plot is captivating. The characters are fascinating – the dragon, the fae, the human with witch’s blood – you want to know more about all of them. The author drops you into a world changing battle and once you find a place to catch your breath and find the wounded hunter who rescues Isla – the author says “oh – never mind – come back in 6 months”.
I loved every minute I was there and THAT is EXACTLY why I HATE IT!!
Initially my knee jerk response was annoyance because, hey, 1 star review. But seriously, everything she said was proof that I as the author did my job. I hooked her. I will, I’m sure, get other 1 star reviews eventually on this story, and I guarantee they won’t be as complimentary as this one. If her only real complaint is that there wasn’t enough of it, I can live with that.
My only problem with this review (and some others) is the implication that Blindsight isn’t a complete story. The story problem, Rescue Isla, is solved by the end of the story. She’s safe. There are other story problems presented that will be picked back up in Revelation, so yeah, in that sense it is a teaser. It introduces you to Isla and Ransom and makes you want to know more. But the story itself is complete. Perhaps not to THEIR satisfaction, but it does conclude. Obviously I’m not responding to the reviewer directly on the site as responding is BAD. But I couldn’t resist musing about it here.
I’ve gone to great lengths to try to make it clear to readers that Blindsight is a short story and that Isla and Ransom’s story is NOT complete and will be continued in a full novel at the end of the year. I’ve put it in the description, at the last line of the story, and in an author’s note on the final page. And it is, obviously, here at the website. There are still readers who manage to miss all these in your face cues, but that really can’t be helped. Those are the same people who can’t follow directions in my classes.