Ah, "The Tempest." One of my first forerays into fanfiction. Originally written just for a few friends and fans of the BBC series, it somehow developed into something much, much bigger - something both loved and loathed. I've read some wonderful reviews of this book. I've developed close friendships over it, and recieved lovely messages and letters from all over the world.
I've also been on the recieving end of some not-so-nice responses. Apparantly, there are some who call the book "Porn" and others who bash it for not being perfectly accurate in terms of history. But today, I read a review that tops them all. It seems that this reader hates my book so much, they can't find enough descriptions to say how they feel. Read it below, and feel free to agree or disagree.
Or to laugh, as I did. I never imagined I would drive someone to such madness! :)
(Review is from Goodreads)
Nov 25, 2012
Recommended for: I would NOT recommend to anyone
Read in October, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: once was too much
This "book" is hands down, the worst thing I've read in my entire life! There is no real plot, unless you consider completely implausible, rambling drivel, a story-line. The writer fabricates delusive, overblown consequences for flimsily contrived events laboriously dragging the unlucky reader from one venue to another. The characters are not even remotely developed and thus there are no empathetic relationships. In other words; as a reader, you don't give a rat's derriere what happens to them! "Poor Guy! He's been turned into a completely spineless, fool of a mouse!" I DO realize the author is trying to spin-off of a popular British series, so is perhaps relying on that to hook ready-made character development. But if that were truly the case, than the least the author could do is try to stay true to the qualities of those characters. This personal little pillow fantasy has the hero doing, saying and thinking, completely out-of-character deeds, sayings and thoughts! It would have been far better to have given the hero a completely different name, as that is exactly what the writer has done -created a completely different, (and may I say feeble), persona, totally unrelated to the character, (as portrayed), that he is supposed to represent. The syntax of this piece is equally clumsy and inept and critically interferes with what story line there is. Stories written by children use better linguistics than this! This is not so much a book or even a story as it is a very t-h-i-n-l-y disguised personal square fantasy that the author has crammed, kicking and screaming, into the sad-but-true, quixotic round hole left at the conclusion of the fore mentioned series. "Hey, I like him too honey, but what you've given him is a fate worse than death!" I can not in good conscience give this book even a one star rating as that would indicate effort and at no point in the course of reading this piece, did I feel anything but insulted. In all it was a very painful read.
Thanks for reading, Abaker. You've made my day! :)