Can You Guess The Sci-Fi Book Based On Its 1-Star

master mentalism tricks

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

You might be a sci-fi connoisseur, but can you identify science fiction books from the descriptions of people who truly hated them? See if you can guess the sci-fi book based on its 1-star reviews below!

Bad reviews can be a bit of a sticking point for authors, and understandably so. No one likes to hear unmitigated criticism, no matter how thick-skinned they may be. Besides, reviews are not for authors. Reviews are for readers, librarians, teachers, and booksellers; they are not — and should not be — direct lines of feedback from the reviewer to the author.

That hasn’t stopped some authors from leaning into their bad reviews, however. Gabino Iglesias frequently plugs his 2022 novel, The Devil Takes You Home, based on its 1-star reviews. He also tweets out 1-star reviews of his favorite books, like this one for Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred, which reads: “I didn’t particularly enjoy the book. I found it unnecessarily traumatizing.” Other authors who have leaned into their 1-star reviews include McKenzie Austin (Followed by Fire) and Morgan Daimler (Fairycraft).

So what do you think? Can you guess the sci-fi book based on its 1-star reviews? It’s time to put your book-identifying skills to the test. I’ve picked out the best, most vitriolic, and most laughable bad reviews of 12 titles — including my personal favorite, “[D]ull soup.” — waiting for you below.

A quick warning: be prepared to read a lot about the horrors of “wokeism”.

Swords & Spaceships Newsletter

Sign up to Swords & Spaceships to receive news and recommendations from the world of science fiction and fantasy.

Thank you for signing up! Keep an eye on your inbox.

By signing up you agree to our terms of use 5 stars against and pink and blue background5 stars against and pink and blue background

Can You Guess The Sci-Fi Book Based On Its 1-Star Reviews?

1. Click Here To Reveal The Book

“I’m probably a lot older than most who read this for the first time which may explain my complete loss at how this could be so well reviewed. The characters are cardboard cutouts and never have any dimension. The main character is treated as a prophet-like, infallible figure from the onset. The writing is full of…narrations about what other characters are thinking as they are interacting with or observing him. All of which is aggrandizing and undeserved.”

“So I ordered the book, but after seeing the movie, I won’t be reading it. The movie was so goofy. Why were there sword fights? They travel all over the universe in spaceships, but apparently no one owns a gun.”

Worst ending of any book I’ve ever read.”

5. Click Here To Reveal The Book

“This book, unbelievably, won a Hugo Award. It is full of made up words and nonsensical phrases, all pushing the idea that there should be (or maybe isn’t) any such thing as gender. It is a terrible story, with a quasi-interesting main character that isn’t really sure what it is. Person or computer. Male or female. Alive or dead. Good or evil. THOSE are appropriate sci-fi themes. The fact is that the narrative is that there is only ‘she’ which appears to be nonsex. Everything else is irrelevant and subordinate to that narrative…If you want to read a woke narrative, this is your book.”

“The most confusing writing I’ve ever encountered.”

[D]ull soup.

6. Click Here To Reveal The Book

“Made it through half a chapter and put the book down when it turned politically woke describing how the well off white scientists use the brown and black people for their agenda…Flipped to the author bio and yup the author is currently studying critical race theory according to her own tagline.”

“Didn’t realize this was a lesbian love book, not what I was looking for.”

“You’ll feel dirty and degraded after reading this thing.”

8. Click Here To Reveal The Book

“I was looking for a fun multidimensional romp in an Ikea clone big box store. Instead I get a love-sick depressed worker who keeps using they and their as a singular pronoun – which kept me out of the story trying to figure out who she was referring too.”

“Please get a translator that KNOWS how to speak English.”

a photo of a calendar with the text a photo of a calendar with the text

Want to read more bad reviews of good books? Check out these 1-star reviews of classic novels. And if you don’t like star-based ratings, be sure to read Aisling Twomey’s guide to the CAWPILE review system.

Read The Full Article Here

trick photography
Currently Throwing Up And Sliding Down A Wall After Reading
Logan Lerman And Joey King Tested How Well They Know
Kourtney Kardashian Pokes Fun at Kim’s Infamous Diamond Earring Moment
15 Movie Moments From The Last 10 Years That Actors
Bryan Batt (“Mad Men”) Guests On Harvey Brownstone Interviews 
Good Vibes Only: The Wesley Alley Way in Filmmaking
Barbie Passes The Super Mario Bros
Original Blue Ranger Rejoins Cast of ‘Power Rangers’
The Politics of Parks & Rec: Is Leslie Knope Still
‘9-1-1’: Major Premiere & Finale Emergencies, Ranked
As American Horror Story: Delicate Part 2 Premieres, Did the
Grey’s Anatomy Round Table: Did Arizona’s Big Return Underwhelm?Did They
Singer/Songwriter Baker Grace Is Coming To The Mint In West Hollywood On Thursday, April 18th, 2024 
Luke Harrison Releases New Holiday Single “Last Christmas” Originally Recorded By British Pop Duo WHAM
Rocky Kramer’s Rock & Roll Tuesdays Presents “Night of the Dead” On Tuesday November 7th, 2023, 7 PM PT on Twitch
Listen to 3 New Songs Jimmy Buffett Recorded Shortly Before
A Must-Read for History Lovers
Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for April 5, 2024
The Best Nonfiction Books of 2024 (So Far)
Exciting New Way to Sample Books, and Books Celebrating National
What to Pack For the Catskills: Cozy Sweaters, High-Waisted Leggings,
I’m a Beauty Editor—6 Smart Product Swaps I’m Making for
Florence Pugh Frees the Nipple at Valentino Couture Show
Rita Ora Shows Off Her Hip Tattoo in a Tiny
These Ladies Have Hauntingly Insured Legs.
TALON FALLS: SCREAM PARK (UNCUT) Full Exclusive Horror Movie Premiere
Beneath Us All Red Carpet Premiere hits Los Angeles 9/14
Horror Shorts Video #viralnews #shortsyoutube #shorts #ytshortsindia