Amazon.com has started shipping copies of Hippo Eats Dwarf
. So anyone who pre-ordered it should be receiving it soon. This also means that people can now post customer reviews of it on Amazon
. Obviously there are no reviews of it yet, and the book looks kind of lonely without any. This has given me an idea for a contest.
I point out in Hippo Eats Dwarf
that a significant number of the customer reviews on Amazon are fake (glowing reviews posted by friends of the author, or by the authors themselves). I also point out that it's quite common for reviewers to never read the books they're reviewing. As the Scottish reverend Sidney Smith once said, "I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so."
Given this (my general skepticism about Amazon reviews), I'd like to have some fun with the reviews of Hippo Eats Dwarf
. Here's my idea. I'll send a signed copy of the book to whomever posts the most creative customer review of it on Amazon by the end of this month. (This may produce some interesting stuff, or it may not. We'll see how it goes.) You'll need to acknowledge your review here in the comments section if you want to win the prize (unless your Amazon screen name is the same as your Museum of Hoaxes screen name... or I believe it's also possible to send reviewers email through Amazon). You'll also need to have an Amazon account (
which, I believe, requires a credit card
I was wrong about the need for a credit card. You can create an Amazon account with an email address alone... and Amazon doesn't verify the address).
Just to clarify: I'm not looking for phony glowing reviews. Instead, I'm looking for imaginative reviews in the spirit of great Amazon reviewers such as Henry Raddick
. Post a review that accurately describes what the book is about. Or imagine what a book called Hippo Eats Dwarf
might be about (ignore the subtitle), and write a review of that. Write your review as a limerick, or a haiku. Whatever you want. Just make it interesting. Points definitely go for humor. Hopefully I won't get in trouble with Amazon for this.