Late last year I told you about Bloomberg and the time machine they used to report on an event before it happened. Today I’ve learned that Bloomberg isn’t the only one with a time machine; Goodreads appears to be suffering a plague of enthusiastic time travelers.
Goodreads exists so readers can discuss books, and one thing readers can do with the books they’ve read is post reviews and rate the books. Posting a review is quite common, and it’s not unusual for reviews to pop up before the book is officially released. Advanced reader copies and review samples often leak, so that comes as no surprise.
But the current problem at Goodreads are the reviews that have been posted before the book has done being written.
Patrick Rothfuss was still working on the third book in his Kingkiller series back in May when noticed that a number of reviews had already been posted for the book. He responded to the early reviewers with gratitude and a request for a copy of the ebook so he could stop writing the book and move on to his next novel.
While it’s nice to see folks out there giving this book five stars, and in some cases even reviewing it, I’ll admit that I’m kinda puzzled.
After thinking it over for a while, I’ve realized there’s only one explanation for this:
Time travelers love my books.
I would also like to say, future readers, that I appreciate your taking time to read and review my books. It’s really flattering knowing that even with time-travel technology at your disposal, you’d rather read my stuff and mention it here on goodreads, rather than, say, hunt dinosaurs, get drunk with da Vinci, or pants Hitler.
Secondly, I’d like to say if you’re The Doctor, and you’re reading this, I would make an excellent traveling companion. I know you normally tend to hang out with pretty young women and robot dogs. And honestly? I respect that.
Still, I bring certain things to the table. Humor, witty banter, and a beard that will allow me to blend in seamlessly with any pre-industrial Germanic culture. I’m also an excellent kisser and play a mean game of Settlers of Catan.
Patrick has continued to post reviews on Goodreads, so I don’t think The Doctor has taken him up on the offer. I can also see that time travelers have continued to write reviews, with 155 posted as of today oN Goodreads and another 5 posted on Amazon. The book has a 4.75 star rating, but it still has not been published.
Kidding aside, this is actually a good thing. Patrick has a loyal fan base, so much so that they are supporting him in anticipation of his next book being released. Authors should look at this and consider how they can find fans this loyal.
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