I have a bone to pick. And I suspect (‘in my heart of hearts’) that this is a bone I shouldn’t pick until I’m well entrenched and have enough proven integrity (and followers/readers) to follow back onto that during the fallout from saying the following.
But you know. Very few people read so why NOT say it now 😉 and the aforementioned, I’m Going to Talk About Something No One Talks About, reasons are why I will not be naming names (at all) or titles (at all) and you can’t coax them out of me even if you know me in real life and hold my cats hostage.
Okay, that might get me to tell you. Nobody touches my cats.
It’s basically UNSPEAKABLE to dislike a book written by a Big Name in the Industry. In the horse show world, these people would be BNT (Big Name Trainers) and to say you really thought that George Morris was offbase when he taught that One Thing in that One Clinic is like…well, you may experience Sudden Social Death Syndrome where everyone thinks you have Bad Taste, Poor Judgment, and Don’t Understand The Community.
Right, because every single thing that people publishes is Perfect.
It’s true, what this person has published in the past has been awesome and I loved it. And what this person generally recommends as books to read that s/he enjoyed are GREAT recommendations. And I have a LOT of respect for this person.
But that Amazing Book? I didn’t enjoy it. It fell flat for me. It fell worse than flat. It faceplanted on the ground like it fell off the Empire State building. I never had a single satisfying moment while reading it.
But I don’t even want to name the Author or the Book because it feels SO MUCH like I would be Shunned because I had the audacity not to like a book that worked for a LOT of people and made a lot of Best of lists. If this Author wasn’t such a Big Name, this would not be the reaction. Big Names shouldn’t buy you immunity from criticism on a poorly written and poorly edited book. But it does, doesn’t it.