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I give this book 9.5 out of 10 acorns! Somehow I never managed to post my review here, though it was one of the first up at Amazon!

This book is full of ideas for cutting one's carbon footprint and saving money, and they're not the ones many of us have heard of before. They range from growing food (the most important suggestion) to community living, to heating more efficiently by heating the person not the place, to drying cloths on a clothesline, and a whole lot more! They're ways to save the word without having to battle the bad guys--we just starve them of their money and have a more awesome life in the process.

Paul and Shawn use the word "luxuriant" a lot. This isn't the kind of luxuiant that's had at other's expense, but rather just having a easier, more enjoyable life. I really appreciate the suggestions in this book--they're inspiring and there's something in this book that all of us can do right now, even if we can't do it all. Every little bit helps!

I had the honor of being one of the proofreaders of this book, and it is so awesome to see it "in the flesh," so to speak! The illustrations really pull it together! Being artistically inclined, I'm always a bit bummed when books are poorly illustrated and the illustrations distract rather than aid the book. The illustrations in this book add so much to it, keeping it fun and interesting and beautiful and helping explain concepts. I couldn't resist snapping a picture with a doll I'd made placed in the "put your face here" drawing!

 
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Check out this lovely review!

https://www.ecolitbooks.com/2020/02/review-building-a-better-world-in-your-backyard/

 
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I gave the book to a friend of mine and today I got an email asking for another copy because...

B--- started leafing through it in my living room and couldn't put it down. I overheard her sharing with my dad all the things she learned in the book and how she was excited to work at decreasing their energy use. I believe that's what the writers intended.

 
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Yowch!  Two one star reviews and several other poor reviews on goodreads has really brought the stars down.  And the most recent one I want to reply to and say "I think the problem is not with the book but with the reader."

 
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I got an email this morning directing me to a review of the book.  Awesome possum!  And then I asked google if there has been anything else recently:  paydirt!

https://www.5acresandadream.com/2020/03/book-review-building-better-world-in.html

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/82839-new-titles-from-self-publishers-end-of-march-2020.html


Popped out to amazon ...   holding strong at 4.9 stars from 32 reviews!  Hot dog!

Audible is unchanged with 8 reviews and 4.5 stars.

Goodreads is down to 4.24 stars from 54 reviews.   A couple of recent reviews super HATED the book!  Wow!   I am comforted by the really good reviews and the fact that 4.24 on goodreads is REALLY good.  The Omnivore's Dilemma has 4.18 stars and Silent Spring has 3.97 stars.  



If anybody spots other reviews anywhere, I hope you will post a link here!

 
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Several months ago somebody told me that I should pay for a kirkus review.  Apparently, once a kirkus review is done then other people can copy and paste that review knowing it is an independent review.  

I paid $375 on January 25 and got an email that said "Your Kirkus Indie review will be ready within 7-9 weeks".   I tried to check the status on March 20 only to discover that my account had been "deactivated".   A few emails to customer support ...  and then I get an email that says my review is ready to donwload ...   more emails to customer support "now my review is ready but I cannot see it."    On March 21 I get in, see the review, select the option for the review to be public and get an email with the link and a note saying "The cover for your book should appear live on our site in the next 24 hours. If it does not appear after that time period, please feel free to send me an e-mail with your cover, so that I may upload it on your behalf."  On March 23 the cover did not show up, so I sent an email with the cover attached.   On March 24 I sent an email "Is there anything else you need from me?"  On March 30 I sent an email "It has now been nine days and the cover is still not there." and two minutes later I get an email "Will you please send me a JPG of the cover and I'll upload it for you? Thanks!"  Two minutes after that I send the cover again.   This morning I send an email "Did you get my attached cover image?" and now it is finally up.  

So I paid Kirkus to review my book.  And now I have a bit of a review of kirkus.   But the real review of kirkus will be "does it get the word out about my book?"  If it gets the word out, then all this will be worth it.   Of course, I have now received an email from the kirkus sales team offering to take more of my money to tell people about my book.  I just cannot help but think that they will need me to look over the shoulder the whole way - on stuff I don't know how to look over their shoulder.  

Here it is:  the official link to the official paid for review:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/paul-wheaton/building-a-better-world-in-your-backyard-instead-o/

I invite you all to review the review.
 
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Wow?  I suppose my reaction to this review sucks because... I was prepared for professionalism?  Not sure really.  However reading it felt like yuck so here's my yuck in response.

A guide to living a life kinder to the environment offers solutions to everyday challenges.

as the first and last line of text for the review might be okay if it didn't sound borrowed from other readers' reviews; and if it read like a complete sentence.  

After reading other reviews on that page, at least discrimination doesn't appear to be a factor.  Kinda looks to me as if every customer is a potential victim of ignorant disapproval unless their views align with those of this reviewer.  It's a snotty sounding read that doesn't even rate as well as good high school level writing.

The tone and choice of words used with "pizza boxes", " Wheaton advocates keeping a home cold in winter", and "'rocket mass heater' device" conveys to me that the reviewer didn't read your book.

Maybe the reviewer has COVID-19.  Sounds tired and sick.  Or maybe it's a skill level.  Or apathy.  Who knows?

Indeed.com states:  

The average salary for "book reviewer" ranges from approximately $39,461 per year for Editorial Assistant to $55,798 per year for Managing Editor.


A friend, who is an established journalist, gets six figures a year at $2 a word to write review and opinion pieces that include about a few hours of research, possibly phone or face-to-face interview(s) to obtain statements about topics on which he is already well versed, and has about 30-ish years of direct field experience.  There are 365 words in this review, including the repeated first and last line.  At $375 for 365 words, you paid .973 cents a word for a review by a non-expert who appears less than professionally motivated to write an objective book review.  I suppose this is how some individuals get away with feigning a profession.

If I put a great deal of effort into writing that was misrepresented like this, whatever the cause may be, I would politely ask the reviewer to remove their crud review and look elsewhere.  Thanks but no thanks.
 
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I really liked this book .... except my Galactic Title was erroneously excluded. There will be repercussions. Can I advise you something? Us living in the tropics feel mighty left out. We need air cooling and food preservation techniques during the Big Wet or the Big Hot. What alternatives are there for purslane substitutes and poop beasts. I sincerely hope these omissions can be addressed in BBWB 2.0 .
 
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For anybody that wishes to help with the contemplation of getting the book in the hands of one million people (or, eventually, 100 million people):

https://permies.com/t/135904/permaculture-writing/art/book-hands-million-people


 
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