I got my first negative review on Amazon recently. Damn, is my writing really that terrible? The press has been positive, and I've talked to people at signing events who enjoy Biking Illinois: 60 Great Road Trips and Trail Rides. That's why the virulent skewering from "BikeBuff" surprises me. A few things about the review hint that it might be a personal attack, but regardless, my book looks pretty awful with only one good review at Amazon to counter it.
I won't respond directly, but I'd like to remind everyone that there are plenty of great road rides in my book, too -- rides you won't find anywhere else (everyone asks me about the trails, but the roads took much more research). Also, no one should expect my bike path descriptions to be as detailed as those in Jim Hochgesang's excellent county books -- Biking Illinois covers the whole state, for goodness' sake!
I think Amazon customers deserve more than two reviews of my book. If you've read Biking Illinois, please write your own review at Amazon.com, good or bad. Thanks.
UPDATE 02/14/2007 - I don't know when it happened, but I noticed today that the negative review has been removed from Amazon.