I very rarely check my Amazon reviews–better for my mental health if I don’t!–but I had to check a thing on The Raven & The Reindeer, and noticed that there was a one-star review on it. And curiosity…well, y’know.

Predictably, they were very angry about lesbians.

(Actually, they accused me of writing fairy-tale slash fic, were wrong about one minor plot point, and accused Mousebones the raven of gender confusion. Then there was a Think of the Children and a desire for Amazon to issue refunds, the word hack thrown about, etc.)

Well, I expected that to happen eventually. What I didn’t expect were the remarkably kind things I’ve heard about it from so many readers, many of which made me stop around the house grumbling and making tea, which is what I do whenever I think I might cry a little otherwise. And the stark relief of this one little nasty bit made me realize how incredibly generous people have been about this book, and how grateful I am to have been able to write it for my readers…and then I stomped around the house grumbling and making tea.

And about ten minutes after I noticed this review, Tor.com published a really spectacularly glowing review of it, which I hadn’t known was coming.

So, y’know. One of those days. But thank you all for being such damn fine people. I’ll write books for you guys until I keel over.

Have a toad.

toadgrunge
  • reply scot ,

    Apparently I missed that one when it came out (possibly due to the abduction of my Nook by my middle child, who proceeded to crack the screen, as she is prone to do to anything electronic). I’d run off and buy it now, but I’m re-reading Digger for the third or forth time, and just ordered the omnibus version, so it’ll have to wait a bit. I’m sure it’s excellent, as you’ve yet to write anything I don’t like, and I’ve found that there is no artistic endeavor, no matter how time-tested and well loved, that isn’t utterly despised by someone (and not just hipsters who despise it just for the fact that it’s well known and liked).

    • reply Brad Steffen ,

      Did you see that Lois McMaster Bujold has positively reviewed a couple of your books (Toad Words and Hamster Princess) over on Good Reads just in the last week?

      • reply Matthew ,

        I thought the Raven and the Reindeer (as well as every other book I’ve read of yours) was utterly wonderful. I can’t wait to see what you write next!

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