I buy lots of books from Amazon. I don't post many reviews about them. Just four, something I'm not proud of.
Because I love to peruse the Amazon reader reviews when I'm trying to decide whether to purchase a book. Often what someone has said determines if I click the buy button. So it's sort of strange that I usually don't take the time to offer up my own impressions of a book.
Guess I figure that all of my blogging, which frequently includes a mention of books I've been reading, fulfills my review-karma. But once in a while I'm drawn to give kudos to a title that particularly moves me.
It's surprising that mine was the first reader review. "The Ego Tunnel" deserves more attention than it's getting. I suspect this will change as more people buy the book and recommend it to other people.
I noted in my review that after seeing a mention of Metzinger's book on a Twitter feed I follow, I read about it in New Scientist -- which I subscribe to. Owen Flanagan's review of "The Ego Tunnel" was pretty negative.
And undeserved, as I found after I said "to hell with Flanagan's opinion; this book seems interesting to me" and bought it via Amazon. That's partly why I wanted to post a reader review: they often reflect a book more accurately than some academic's take on a title.
Having written a philosophical book myself, and anxiously waited for Amazon reader reviews to dribble in, I have some understanding of Metzinger's probable state of mind as the days go by and the Amazon listing still has "no reader reviews" showing.
Well, now there is one. May the reviews prosper and multiply, and all be five stars, Dr. Metzinger. You and your book deserve it.