Not every story was meant to have a happy ending.
ONE STAR is a previously unpublished horror short story, being released in The Behrg's upcoming short story collection--"The Passengers You Cannot See." It i ...more
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As a book loving community here on Goodreads, we each create a platform in order to share our thoughts on various books, but of course, reading is a subjective matter, and our own background, life experiences, or culture can dictate how we view a particular story, but I doubt that any of us would intend to cause distress to an author. However, this is exactly what Li does when she posts a 1 star review for William Han’s ‘Lost Roll of Film’ little realising that it will be the final ...more
So this short little 17 page story is about one bloggers one star review and how this review pushed an author over the edge. Definitely some food for thought. 3 stars!
ONE STAR is a shocking and thought provoking read....in more ways than ONE.
Just a few words....
Li is a book reviewer/blogger who posted a ONE STAR book review that catastrophically impacted an author's life causing Li herself a great deal of stress and attention over the tragedy. You won't believe how it affected her......
Only 17 pages....and a freebie....that had me sha...more
Li pauses from typing, and considers how best to approach her post. Opening paragraphs can turn a reader off as quickly as a 3 AM informercial.”
Another FUN short story, about a “One Star” review, this time from the blogger’s perspective!
I cannot say anymore...it’s only 17 pages!🤭
You will have to read it for yourself...
The narrator of the story Li, makes it clear that when you write a review you aren’t attacking the author but explaining why the book didn’t work for you. In my case, sometimes it’s mood but most likely because I didn’t care for the way it was written. ‘Reading is a subjective experience...’. The story is very clever, it’s short and to the point. I like what the author has to say at the end of the book. It won’t stop me being honest as someone will agree with me and as The ...more
Li sits at her laptop, composing her latest blog post in the aftermath of t ...more
Firstly, I had to read it twice because it was one of those books. It was also very short, only 17 pages. But, OH MY DAYS, what a clever bloke you are Mr Behrg!
I’m not going to give anything away on the synopsis, you can get the lowdown here on Goodreads.
What I will say though is this;
If you’re a book blogger, reviewer, dark horror fan who doesn’t get too triggered by stuff, ‘ave a gander at this one.
To say this is a unique story is an UNDERSTATEMENT. I’ve ...more
It didn't go where I expected and I love to be surprised!
I need to read more of this author's work.
Every action has a consequence. But when Li posts a one-star review of a novel on her book blog, the results are far more frightening than she could ever have imagined. Not every story was meant to have a happy ending.
ONE STAR is a previously unpublished horror short story, being released in The Behrg's upcoming short story collection--"The Passengers You Cannot See." It is the author's love letter to book bloggers and reviewers, and thus is being offered as a free download to ...more
This has been a completely unexpected story! Short but concise. Just when I got to terms with what Li was writing and experiencing, a huge turn and macabre twist appears! Lol. I loved it! To what lengths will an author go, how reviews affect the authors and emotional upheavals is the storyline. I’m looking forward to reading the soon to release anthology by The Behrg!
One Shot, a 17-page short story and the latest release from The Behrg, tells the brief story of a book blogger signing off for the final time. A short time prior, her critical one-star review of Jaxon Creed’s newest work tipped the author over the edge and he committed suicide live on Facebook. What follows is her response to her readers, her philosophies on reviewing, and her role in the author’s public demise.
As both an author and a review ...more
I found this to be rather clever for such a short read, and it's another one off my huge TBR mountain.
Thanks for reading.
One Star is only 17 pages in length and it is a story that anyone who has ever written a review needs to read. It will only take you around ten-to-fifteen minutes and it is well worth it. I have read the story three times now and each time I am left in awe at how clever it is.
Li is the blogger at Modern Maiden of Horror and after a recent tragedy, she is writing her last blog post. ...more
How do you even write a review on a short story (about 20 pages) that is both an ode to reviewers but focuses on the absolutely darkest side of reviewing?
The Behrg messaged me and asked if I was at all checking out his short story and I said absolutely. I didn’t expect what was inside. He gave me the basic premise – what happens when a one-star review from a book blogger/reviewer causes the author so much grief that they ...more
I hope you enjoy the dark side of reviewing. :)
This review will appear on my site on August 4, 2019.
This short story packs quite the punch in its short 17 pages! It is also currently free on Amazon and serves as a thank you from the author The Behrg to book bloggers and book reviewers. I know my blog is not a huge one, but my reviews get seen and what happens if you don’t like a book? What if the author sees your lower starred review even thou ...more
When I think of all the reviews I do, on books and restaurants and hotels, I have to admit that even when I'm angry I realize I'm criticizing someone's livelihood. Not too long ago a barbeque joint really skimped on a take-out order. A side was forgotten, there was only two bits of meat, I waited forever and insult to injury, I had tipped pretty well at the register just to "insure" my order was taken care of. Two weeks later the place was out of business. Obviously it wasn't my rev ...more
Quick and entertaining with a very nice turn or two thrown in for good measure. This is how shorts should be done.
4.5 Stars rounded up to 5 because this story has stuck with me ever since I read it.
*I received a free copy of this work from the author in exchan ...more
Yeah, I was a little twisted even back then. Thankfully my teacher encouraged my writing rather than send me for a ...more