Yes, folks, it is indeed true. The legless wonder king of sockpuppet reviews is back at it! And the dumbass couldn't even get my name right. Wert obviously now has more clout than me, for Stanek got his name right. . . :P That's a feather in his cap!
Yes, I know, that's a few minutes of your life that you'll never get back. But Stanek's "Authors Who Trash Competitors" is a veritable gem of fucktardness. Here's a teaser, just to whet your appetite:
The flow of one-star reviews from anonymous (and sometimes from someone using pseudonyms and newly created accounts that typically had only reviewed my book the day the account was created) continued throughout April and into May. The timeline here is important because in May 2002, the following appeared in David Langford’s Ansible: “Amazon Mystery. Authors of fantasies on sale at Amazon.com have noticed a rash of oddly similar customer reviews that rubbish their work and instead recommend, say, George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan, and Robert Stanek. The number of Big Name commendations varies, but not the plug for self-published author Robert Stanek. Who could possibly be posting these reviews (many since removed by Amazon) under a variety of names? It is a mystery, but Ansible is reminded of how Lionel Fanthorpe's pseudonymous sf would often mention those great classic masters of the genre, Verne, Wells and Fanthorpe.” Note how they twist what they’ve done into something I’ve supposedly done to them--this is a constant tactic. I assume this post was written by David Langford friend and blogger, Adam Whitehead, as Whitehead then took to his blog to rant about how I was supposedly writing fake five-star reviews of my own books using sock puppets. As Whitehead is and was the self-professed #1 fan of George RR Martin (and is even credited in one of George’s books), all the sock puppet one-star reviews mentioning George RR Martin were suddenly starting to make sense as they were all likely written by Whitehead and his friends.
So now he's a victim. . . Follow this link to read the full piece.
Ah. . . After all these years, the best thread title I have ever seen on all the SFF message boards I frequent remains: "Robert Stanek: You Shat Directly Into My Soul."
And after reading this ludicrous article, that's how I feel. . .