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Stanek is frequently mentioned in the same breath as the fantasy greats J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Stanek's works, like the works of Tolkien and Lewis, go far beyond the level of story. They impart great truths about human nature on a deeper level. Stanek's novels also entertain as he's clearly a gifted storyteller. As a fantasy story-teller about the world of magic, Stanek is undeniably skilled and many of his concepts are brilliant. Stanek clearly has a style of his own, and in his books have confirmed his reputation as a story-teller for people of all ages. Although his books are about a fantasy world, ultimately they are about ourselves. And that is why we love them. Highly recommended!

- francoisd sockpuppet on Rate it All, concerning Robert Stanek's work

For those of you who have been wondering what people were talking about when they discussed the hundreds of alternate personality sockpuppets Robert Stanek presumably created to sing the praise of his books, here's a good example. . .

10 commentaires:

Bjørn said...

well, at least part of it is true: Stanek clearly has a style of his own. :)

Anonymous said...

"As a fantasy story-teller about the world of magic". Damn, that's just HORRIBLY written. Do you think he's deliberately making his sockpuppet sound like an 11-year-old so we won't think it's someone who writes for a living doing that review, or is that actually how he likes to express himself? Either way, he's clearly an idiot. Oh well, at least he's amusing...

-RF

Xenophon said...

I have never read any of his books. So I can't comment on the quality, or lack thereof, of his writing.

But what he has done to hurt relatively unknown authors trying self-publishing and other means to get that foot in the door is beyond reprehensible.

New authors struggle very hard to get that first book out there. And people like Stanek make it even more difficult to gain any credibility.

There are allot of well published mediocre authors out there, Terry Goodkind comes to mind. But by the same token, there are many unknowns that are truly talented that never get the audience they deserve.

I mainly write classic epic swords and sorcery fantasy and hope to gain a reputation based solely on merit and talent, not shameless self-promotion and guile.

To put it simply, the man disgusts me...

PeterWilliam said...

They impart great truths about human nature on a deeper level.

An ironically surrel element here is that, with the above quote, Stanek's sock-puppet may have plagiarised Goodkind.

Roland said...

The guy is ridiculous, but is he still writing?

Goofilin said...

If he would come out and at least say "Hey, anything to put bread on my table" I would somehow find it in me to sympathize, barely. But his denial is absurd and makes him a major DBag!

Jim said...

I paged through one of these today at my library. I thought, how bad can it be...wow.
I read the whole thing, but just because I was feeling a little guilty for having too much to drink last night. Stanek is really awful.

MConrad said...

Wait, you're local library has a copy of a Stanek book?

Cecrow said...

I found a copy at a booksale for $1, and I still felt like I'd been taken. Then I sold it to a local used bookstore. Four years ago. It's still there, lol.

Anonymous said...

It is true, that Stanek's raves taht he writes for himself are vastly more entertaining than his actual novels. His ego is so large that he even attempted to put mention of his "modern day classics" in the Wikipedia "literacy" entry!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Administrators%27_noticeboard/Archive21#Beware_the_Stanek