Question: Have You Ever Made A Substantial Mistake In Your Review?

Posted September 19, 2012 by Carmel in / 12 Comments

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Carmel: I can’t say that I have. Or at the very least, no one has called me out on it! I’ll occasionally goof on a character’s name or misspell something horribly important like a book’s title or the author’s name. It doesn’t happen often but when you type as much as I do it’s inevitable.

Josh: I am aware of two so far. My review of Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Seduction contained an error in its first line. I wanted to make a joke about reading this book, the most recent in the series, before all the others. Unfortunately I assumed that this book was the last in the series since Gena Showalter has started her angel mini-series. The Read Our Lips! Book Review Blog and Amber Hughes corrected that mistake. The Darkest Craving (Kane’s book) comes out in 2013.

The other mistake occurred in my review of The Dark Man’s Son by Meg Whitlock. Due to some instinct for completion, I wrote her name in the review as Megan Whitlock, which if entered into the search engine would not produce Meg Whitlock. The author was the one to catch that mistake.

What about you?

Have You Ever Made A Substantial Mistake In Your Review? (Side question – And if yes, who caught it?)?


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12 responses to “Question: Have You Ever Made A Substantial Mistake In Your Review?

  1. I’ve me too I called a character Jennie instead of Jessie. the reader that noticed it kindly told the author on facebook and not me. she said I needed to review my reviews.

    I used another wrong character name. and got a big comment about how wrong I was.

    Fun Fun Fun. lol

  2. Amy

    I don’t think I have made any major mistakes. I have occasionally spelled a book title wrong or the authors name, but I think we all have.

  3. UGH!!! When I first started blogging, I spelled an author’s name incorrectly at some point in my post. However, everywhere else I spelled it correctly, so I’m pretty sure it was just a typo. The author caught it and made a joke about it and was very kind when I apologized (and fixed it). However, I was so extremely embarrassed I make sure I double check name spelling now.

  4. I have and it was pretty embarrassing, as the author was someone I friended on LiveJournal and whose work I enjoyed and recommended. I reviewed P.N. Elrod’s *Dark Road Rising* for Blogcritics (reposted to my own blog after a 48-hour interval). For some really weird reason, I thought the book was written in dual first-person p.o.v., like *Vampyres of Hollywood* which I also reviewed. I was wrong, and I felt soooooooo stupid. Elrod was very forgiving, probably because I lavished her with so much praise in the review as a whole. I still don’t know how I did that, talk about neurons skipping a groove!

  5. @Vyrdolak Oh, no! How horrible! I don’t think I’ve ever done anything quite that bad but I can definitely understand how it can happen. Especially if you write a review weeks after you finished the book.

  6. Oh I’m always SO paranoid about making mistakes! I have spelled an author name incorrectly before, and I was so annoyed with myself.

    I do find it pretty cringey when I read a review where a main characters name is wrong, so I hope if I ever did that, someone would tell me!

  7. I don’t think so. Or at least no one called me on it. I do hope it never happens though. But we, like authors, are humans (Though I do wish it was different 😛 ) so we might make mistakes once in a while. It’s better if we don’t, but sometimes things happen.