New Booklikes’ Users Labeled Troll Sociopaths


I’m a Goodreads user.

I have one account – though my wife and son also have accounts.

I do not cyber bully authors or insult them – other than giving them poor ratings and reviews after having read their books.

I am a grateful survivor of a vicious author attack upon me on social media. And no, it wasn’t over a bad review or anything like that.

I was shocked when the policy change occurred at Goodreads, especially how poorly it was handled.

I have tried to understand both sides points of view (author and users.)

And at the end of the day, I created a Booklikes account.

I did this not because I’m a cyber terrorists changing my hideout, but because it seemed the prudent thing to do with Goodreads having deleted reviews/shelves without what I consider the appropriate notice to the site users. (I’m a lawyer by profession and believe some form of notice and due process is a must in every situation.)

At present, I do not intend to delete my GR account until I see where this whole thing at Goodreads leads.

Since I was attempting to be reasonable and prudent, I was a bit offended to find many “authors” out there blogging or commenting that anyone opening a new account on Booklikes must be a “sociopathic troll,” especially since I’d never heard of these authors or read any of their novels. I also was somewhat shocked to discover that every one star ratings on Goodreads seemed to be somehow suspected of being a “conspiracy” of some sort to personally hurt the authors ratings and his/her income.

Even though, this “unrest” has subsided somewhat I thought I’d comment one last time to show how this situation has spiralled out of control. Honestly, the drama went way over the top with Rick Carufel’s Blog being one of the worst in my opinion.

I’m not a cyber terrorist.

I didn’t go to Booklikes to change “hideouts” for my dastardly plans.

I do not consider Goodreads a “hate” site.

And I’m really offended that I have to post this sort of blog in defense of myself because I choose to open a Booklikes account.

I mean wasn’t the US government spying on me enough already. Now, I have the author censors doing it too.

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4 Responses to New Booklikes’ Users Labeled Troll Sociopaths

  1. bookstooge says:

    And these are the people GR is saying we can’t say anything about. I will not be silenced.


  2. darkwriter67 says:

    Reblogged this on Illuminite Caliginosus.


    • Sue Knott says:

      Thanks for the share. The whole reviews thing has so many +s & -s. Having been the first to write a parody of “Twilight,” I got more than my share of haters. Some who obvioously did not read the book. Also, some reviewers pointed out that the low reveiws had to be from haters with other agendas.

      I can’t keep up, though! Never heard of Booklikes…I’ll have to see if I want to join…sociopathic trolling might be fun. I did notice one rating somehow disappeared from Goodreads awhile back…must have been low-ish rating as I went up overall. I actually think you shouldn’t be allowed to give a rating without at least a couple words of a review. If I don’t know why you liked or did not like a book, your rating is of no value to me as a reader. You could be yearning for War and Peace while all I want is something light and fun.

      I can’t see how people could get too many reviews from “plants” (unless they are paid). I still haven’t been able to get my mother, sister, brother, HUSBAND, or any but two friends to leave reviews for my books that they’ve read. I do suspect, though, that one Hunger Games parody writer, who appears to be teaching classes at Harvard, had her students submit reviews…likely for extra credit. Perhaps it’s easy to get young people to leave reviews, but anyone over 40 is too busy…unless they really feel strongly about a book.

      Oh dear, I’m rambling. Better call it a night.


  3. Debbie Rice says:

    What’s really goofy is that the same morons crying “sociopathic troll” are posting hate lists of booklikers now — not based on any reviews, ratings or other content — solely based on following or being followed by the goodreads reviewers that were already on the target lists. Even though when you make a new account at booklikes you are assigned (based on genres selected) 25 random people to follow.


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