Welcome to Writers Talkback. If you are a new user, your account will have to be approved manually to prevent spam. Please bear with us in the meantime
A posting in another thread has prompted this discussion.
None of us has a problem affording a fellow writer a positive review. What is the situation though, when we believe a book is worthy of only a one or two star rating (or, heaven forbid, less). Do we act out of respect and not offer a review, or be honest and ascribe a dismal rating? I qualify this criteria as a book flawed structurally or grammatically, not simply because we do not enjoy the story.
An old proverb comes to mind: 'If you've got nothing nice to say, then say nothing at all.'
I would be offended to receive one or two stars, BUT, it would make me look at my work and perhaps explore the reason why. What is the consensus?