When Time magazine published its list of 100 Best Books in the English language ( from 1993 to the present day), who would have thought to scour Amazon reviews looking for alternative reactions from the great unwashed public? Matthew Baldwin (of Defective Yeti fame) did just that over at The Morning News in an article called Lone Star Statements. Simple but brilliant.
It’s hard to pick a favourite but here are two that had me laughing out loud.
On The Lord of the Rings (1954) by J.R.R. Tolkien:
“The book is not readable because of the overuse of adverbs.”
On The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) by C.S. Lewis:
“I bought these books to have something nice to read to my grandkids. I had to stop, however, because the books are nothing more than advertisements for “Turkish Delight,” a candy popular in the U.K. The whole point of buying books for my grandkids was to give them a break from advertising, and here (throughout) are ads for this “Turkish Delight”! How much money is this Mr. Lewis getting from the Cadbury’s chocolate company anyway? This man must be laughing to the bank.”
[Thanks to Adrian]