Today, I was most disappointed after reading a review I received for The URSUS PERSPECTIVE. I had solicited the review and supplied a free copy of the book to a book blogger, hoping for glowing comments on my work. Unfortunately, this did not happen -- the book clearly did not resonate with the reviewer -- 3-stars out of 5. This, in itself, was not easy to digest, but it is what it is, and who am I to decide what someone should or should not enjoy? The disappointing part is that the reviewer offered nothing in the way of constructive criticism -- basically reiterated a short synopsis of the story and left it at that. I guess this is OK in some peoples' minds, but it would have been helpful to both me and future readers to understand why the story was not to the reviewer's liking -- some comments about plot, characterization, pacing, style, and so forth.
The reviewer was very kind, and I appreciate that. 3-stars is not a bad review -- it's just not a good one. It says, "The book was OK but I didn't love it." As the author, I just wish I knew why.