Last year Anne Rice signed a petition by a friend of hers demanding that Amazon remove anonymity from anyone posting a review or in their forums. It didn’t quite reach its goal even with Rice gracing it with her celebrity and talking it up all over the media any chance she could.
Not being a fan of her writing, and of herself, I have missed out on a lot of the fun and games of Rice setting her fanpoodles on unsuspecting reviewers or just having a go at them herself. This last year I’ve caught up and it’s been a fascinating read. Who could forget the “review” Rice posted when Blood Canticle wasn’t received with the proper amount of reverence and five star reviews. Or the blogger who used a battered copy of Punishing Pandora for decoupage. Rice has, finally, stopped providing her more rabid fans with links to critical reviews of her work on Amazon after posters started to vehemently protest but she wasn’t happy about it.
Rice has been a poster on Amazon for quite some time, pontificating on this, that, and how to correctly review books. Her efforts on the latter subject haven’t met with the level of success she believes she deserves. Rice does not like her opinions and pronouncements dismissed or argued. She gets- testy.
Lately Rice has become enamored of STGRB, a site known for being the idol of almost every author who has tried to lie, cheat, bully, harass, complain, pout, and just generally be an embarrassment to the book community. Known for its less than savory tactics, including doxxing, Rice has now taken to commenting and complimenting their various posts that bear small resemblance to reality.
Why would Rice champion such a site? Because they want what Rice wants- your real name. When you give Rice or, say, Melissa Douthit a one or two star review they want to be able to find you. They want their friends and fans to be able to find you.
They want to be able to rain down on you every form of coercion, harassment, and threat at their disposal. Don’t believe me? An author called me because I wrote about her gaming the system. Author Kathleen Hale stalked blogger, Blythe Harris, and wrote it up in The Guardian. And then there is this, an author in England tracks down a reviewer in Scotland and assaults by breaking a full wine bottle on her head.
And now Anne Rice wants your name attached to your reviews, attached to any comment you post on Amazon.
Recently Rice started a thread in Amazon’s Top Reviewer Forum for no other purpose than to spam for STGRB. Three or four days later it was deleted by Amazon. Now if Amazon hasn’t changed their policy then Rice would have gotten notification of why it was deleted but all she has ever said was the “bullies” managed to get it deleted by their actions. Yes, on that, we reported her for spamming every time she posted praising or linking STGRB.
Rice might want you to think that this was somehow underhanded but that’s what that little button is there for and, you know what, Amazon doesn’t take down a thread because a few people don’t like what is posted otherwise Politics and Religion would be pretty thin pickings. Amazon looked at what Rice was doing and decided she was in violation of their TOS. And that’s the reason why her thread was removed.
Time for screenshots:
Rice is talking about that blogger who used her book for decoupage. This wasn’t the only reason she changed her policy, years later than she should have. her fans never missed a chance to pounce on any unsuspecting reviewer and Rice was fully aware of this yet continued her posts.
Now here is an interesting ss:
Rice seems to be somewhat unglued by a passing observation that she and another poster live in or lived in the same neighborhood. You would think a woman who doesn’t like the thought of someone knowing where she lived would be more resistant to the idea of doxxing. But maybe she just wants to disclose someone’s name and let another author reveal their address, I hope that all the people she might eventually dox have sufficiently distinctive names. otherwise that might prove embarrassing, at the least, for Rice.
Here Rice approves of SPA author, Maggie Spence, calling me because I objected to her gaming the GR system, having family post five star reviews for her book on GR an d Amazon, and insulting other authors on the KSP boards when they tried to give her advice and urged her not to do what she ultimately declared herself “morally comfortable” doing. Spence hasn’t quit complaining about the backlash since. Of course rice would approve of this call because she doesn’t like me and calls me “the notorious blogger”.
This is hilarious because I have a very small following and most people in the book world have never heard of me but somehow Rice has the idea I can destroy a budding author’s career with one one star review. Uh no, but the book that inspired that review might be enough to destroy it.
Rice tells her People of the Page constantly not to go to the Top Reviewers Forum on Amazon, so let me show them (and you) what she posts. Ready?
This next is the title of the thread Rice started and Amazon deleted.
Wait- she would invite us over? After she almost melted down over the casual observation by a poster that they used to live in the same neighborhood? I have a perfect ss for this:
Maybe Amazon doesn’t do anything because those posters aren’t violating the TOS?
So Rice gives a site that has doxxed reviewers/bloggers, insulted reviewers on their looks and weight, endorsed some of the biggest liars and cheats “writing” today, and cutting and pasting facts and screenshots to support whatever lie they wish to promote.
You remember paro/Kevin Weinberg, don’t you? The recently banned from both GR and WP for flagrantly violating their TOSs. When Rice talks about the dark spots on the internet Weinberg certainly qualifies but he will agree with her and promote that site so Rice loves him.
Or not so much because she has said absolutely nothing in his defense either time. Hmm.
Rice loves to tell posters they are confused or hysterical and then uses that as an excuse not to answer their questions or just puts them on ignore.
Moving over to her FB page Rice keeps up a steady barrage on her People but she never produces any evidence, she just keeps reiterating the same things over and over.
We don’t mind you being critical, we mind that you make accusations you can’t prove and keep making them.
And now that her petition, her thread devoted to her pet site, and her (probably) numerous abuse reports to Amazon haven’t garnered her the desired result Rice is considering doxxing. Why?
Well, Rice doesn’t like the way I review, she doesn’t think I, or anyone else, should recommend not reading a book. She believes that with that one sentence you will all magically not buy that book and thus I will have destroyed an author’s career. That I should wield that kind of power. She doesn’t like that I blog about plagiarists, cheaters, liars. She doesn’t want me to have an opinion, or maybe she doesn’t want me to have an opinion that doesn’t meet her specific requirements.
And so we come to this:
Does Rice pay any attention to what her People are saying? Put down? I hope Renee doesn’t live next to any of you.
And here it is, what she really wants, not just your name- your address, your employer, your family’s names. Because she doesn’t like the way you- and I- review and nothing she has done so far has stopped us. She wants to “tattle”, to call or email your boss and/or your family.
Rice has a book release on Tuesday, now how many critical reviews won’t be posted because of her behavior? Reviewers were refusing arcs of this book because they don’t want the trouble that comes with giving her less than favorable reviews.
I’m not alone in believing Rice isn’t doing this for new authors. I think she does it for what she gets-admiration for her ‘bravery’, and what she doesn’t get- critical reviews. There is a bully here and now she wants to dox us.
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I’d read her books, but I know I wouldn’t be able to. I wanted to like Interview after the movie, and it was so bloated. There was so much purple prose my eyes felt like they were going to start bleeding after a while.
Same with me. That movie came out when I was around thirteen and ….Brad Pitt!…I loved it so I bought the book. Well, made my mom buy me the book. I couldn’t get through more than a few chapters.
Years later, as an adult, I went to back to reread a bunch of stuff I’d read as a kid and while most were like reading totally different books, in a good way, that one was even worse. I actually gave up b/c it started tainting the movie for me.
Thanks for the informative post, Mahala. I didn’t bother to read the ss’s of the things she’s said, but I’m quite familiar with her rhetoric at this point.
Judging by the most recent posts on Amazon and now this, I think she’s way too close to crossing the line and, especially with the online company she’s keeping (stgrb, Whineberg) it makes me extremely uncomfortable.
With any luck there’s somebody in her real life paying attention to her escalating behavior that can/will offer her some help?
I don’t know. I can only hope that nobody gets hurt due to her personal vendettas.
As to the why: Not that it matters, might I suggest: Personality disorder? Obsessiveness? Because she can? What I find most irritating is when she says it’s not about her, that the bullies can’t touch her, and claims it’s about the little people — self-published and barely published authors. And this is based on a handful of sycophants whispering in her virtual ear. The end result, however, is that authors who will NEVER get reviews (even horrid ones) in the magazines and newspapers she does, who are completely dependent on customer reviews to get the word out, won’t get the word out because she adds to and is a big part of creating a culture of us versus them that turns off customer reviewers. Same with anonymity. Beyond even people’s safety concerns from stalking authors, for many having your community and employer even know your reading habits may not be safe. Therefore, losing anonymity results in a steep decline of customer reviewing. She is doing as much damage to self-publishing as she is to customer reviewing.
Odd how Rice always stirs up the most activity right before a new book launches, eh?