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G.R. Reader

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in Vatican City State, Holy See (vatican City State)

Plato, Rabelais, Bakunin, Arthur Graham

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G.R. Reader was born on a Friday afternoon, when her parents thought nobody would notice.

Life at home in her early days was turbulent, but she was mostly ignored and her cries fell on deaf ears.

As she grew up, she engaged in a number of forms of civil disobedience, with varying degrees of (i.e. no) success.

G.R.'s books include Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt and the forthcoming Yes, I Farted, already shortlisted for the American Natural Gas Alliance Literary Prize.

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I figured that if Luboš Motl hated the book this much, it had to be worth reading. It's usually a sound principle, and it didn't let me down this time either.
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Hot tip for anyone reading this who's currently sleeping with a math geek: give your lover a copy of Oliver Byrne, and you will get good sex. Though not immediately.
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“At your next book club meeting, picture me sitting quietly in the corner, taking notes on your preferences. Imagine the next day you get an email from me trying to sell you a new grill — or a book — or accessories for your Glock. That's the Amazon/Goodreads deal. It's appalling. But everywhere in the press, you'll read about the genius of Amazon."
(Michael Herrmann and the booksellers of Gibson's)”
G.R. Reader, Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt

“By deciding what is, and is not, allowed to be discussed in a review, by removing discussion of social context, and saying that only the words on the page count, Goodreads is ignoring fifty years of development of literary criticism, and is engaging in censorship.”
G.R. Reader, Off-Topic: The Story of an Internet Revolt

“If people wrote their reviews on paper and put them into a real, physical library, I am sure that the Goodreads administrators would be very reluctant to pull them down from shelves and burn them. When you can get rid of a piece of writing just by clicking on a few links, there’s a temptation to believe that it’s less serious. But it isn’t. It’s just less clear what you’ve done.”
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I voted for Off-Topic The Story of an Internet Revolt by G.R. Reader by G.R. Reader in the Opening Round of the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards in the Best Nonfiction category:

  30 votes, 93.8%

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“I agree that it's a shame some books have to suffer ratings that clearly are invalid. However I can't think of a way to prevent it, and I didn't see any ideas in the thread either (I did skim though).

I hope you'll appreciate that if we just start deleting ratings whenever we feel like it, that we've gone down a censorship road that doesn't take us to a good place.”
Otis Y. Chandler

“To be clear, Goodreads staff have not been deleting any posts. A value we've always had here is that we don't censor content (unless it's against our policies - eg porn, etc). [April 1, 2013]”
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Seems the book has sparked some discussion and interest! To better organize questions and future developments of interested parties, here is a group!
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The provisional government of The Haters Club in exile. It's tragic that in today's day and age that hate is so grossly undervalued. If hate is truly ...more

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G.R. Reader I would like to propose John Winterson Richards for this month's Well-Behaved Author Award. His recent conversation with me is a very model of how to respond to a negative review, and almost made me wonder if I had misjudged his book.

Traveller Ha ha! I wuz already a fan, G.R.

Can't wait for your next book. WHHEEE!! :D

s.penkevich Thank you for the friend request! And for being awesome.

Josephine (biblioseph) Mr. Reader! Ma'am! Uh.

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